When is a blog not a blog?
OK, I’ve just got to get this off my mind: What is a workable definition of a blog? Or more to the point, when is a blog not a blog?
Consider the following:
> John Cooley now labels his compilations (insightful as they are) as a “blog.” Yet John himself didn’t really think he was a blogger during the discussion at the recent DaC’08 Blogger BoF.
> Just found out that Cadence has a blog site with a ton of bloggers. When did that happen? (Personal note to Cadence: Your registration process for blog commenters is too lengthy and cumbersome. Compare it to Synopsys, which has been going for the last year or so and is very easy to leave comments.)
What’s my point? It’s the point I was trying to make at the Dac Blogger BoF event, namely: What is the basic definition, the minimal acceptance criteria for a blog site? Simple enough question, but difficult to answer since it spawns a number of related questions such as:
> Is a blog just the aimless ramblings of its author, or is it a vehicle for the free exchange of ideas without filtering or compilation and in a timely manner?
> What is the difference between a company blog and a blog on an independent publishing site (such as Chip Design or EDN)? Yes, there really is a difference.
Well, that’s all for now. I feel much better for getting this down. Been on my mind for a while. Nite, all.