for weblog, a blog is an increasingly popular type of Web
site that contains periodic entries — a sort of online diary. Some blogs
are the creation of single authors, while others have multiple authors.
Many let visitors leave public comments, which often lead to a community
centered on the blog. Others are non-interactive.
blogs are personal, where the “bloggers” (usually young, educated,
affluent males) record their ideas and opinions on a regular basis, for
all the world to read. Others have a more philosophical tone, still
others a blinkered political message.
commentators praise the trend as “Grassroots Journalism”. Maybe,
but few blogs show good spelling or grammar, let
alone polished writing or literary merit. And as usual with the Net,
dangers lurk — hoaxes, other forms of misinformation, bias . . .
an extract (chosen completely at random, you understand) from a blog
searching for something else, I forget what, I serendipitously stumbled
upon this bimonthly Australian magazine/newsletter, Bikwil,
subtitled The Home of Quiet Enthusiasms . . . Bikwil includes
poetry, fiction, essays, a section called “Quintessential Quirky Quotes”
and various and other sundry rather quiet and quirky contributions. (The
editor seems to be fond of q’s, and it’s catching.)
whether Bikwil should start its own blog remains to be seen. I’m
in two quasi-quandaries about it.
any readers care to venture an opinion?