All these threads coming together ...
I have noticed that political and news blogs are the only blogs that get attention in the media. ... The media never talks about what is happening with personal blogging. I am not sure they can see why it is important. ... I believe that no one will remember what was written on Political blogs, famous blogs, technology blogs, or business blogs 200 years from now. When the Ken Burns movie of this era is made 2000 years from now they will be reading from personal blogs.
It's interesting to me that blogging is actually a genre unto itself. You have to read and write blogs for a bit before you can detect it. And here I'm talking about the personal blogs like mine, the shapeless sort of identity blogs that have more to do with autobiography and less with any particular topic. Here's how I see this style of autobiography:
1. It's immediate, written very soon after the event if not at the event itself.
2. It's imperfect and unedited much of the time.
3. It's much like conversation, in that it is an offering made for the sake of a relationship at the moment. I want readers to understand me, right now; I'm not talking very often about things that happened a long time ago, unless those stories have bearing on this moment and my understanding of it. It's also like conversation in that it attempts to provide entertainment; it's pimping for cool points.
Spanglemonkey, about genres in, umh, genral ...
Without genre, much of the world would be gibberish. Genre is the lexicon, the literary guide to what the work itself "means." It comes at great anxiety and is delivered to a reader in a variety of methods.
Bus schedules, for instance, are not poetry. They come into your life surrounded in context. You find where you are in time and space, compare it to the description of time and space given on the bus schedule, and calculate when those two trajectories can collide to your advantage.
... and about blogging in particular:
Blogs as "literary" genre, therefore, is all about figuring out what is the context of blogging. What does it "mean" to blog? How are these words read, and why? For whom are they written? What will happen next, and what does it describe?
For now, I am going to completely ignore it and will go back outside into the Mayish weather and shall pick more lemons and oranges in my backyard.