I saw Tobold’s post about blogging being a dying thing, and it ruffled me a bit. It’s not that he’s wrong, necessarily; there are newer and better social platforms on which to stand, but I believe blogging – that is, writing in long form about a topic – provides opportunities that other platforms like Twitter, Streaming, or Vlogs can’t. Those opportunities may be outdated, but losing them altogether would feel like an awful waste.
I like Twitter well enough. I tweet. I think that short-form communication has its place, but I’ve also found that ideas of any real depth can’t be well explained there; the choppy execution means a disconnect between the parts of the idea, which can lead to a loss of interest, misunderstanding, or miscommunication. Blogs don’t have that problem; you have the time and space you need to really flesh out an idea and make it as pristine as you wish.
Streaming, to me, falls into a similar problem; a lack of preparation and revision. Streaming is notoriously spur-of-the-moment, and while a video can be later cut and edited, missing material can’t be made up after the fact. If it’s not there in the stream, then that potential idea or connection is lost.
Vlogs are probably the closest thing to blogging (as the name would suggest), and despite my composition background, I don’t have any problem with scripted videos being used instead of print. Anita Sarkeesian’s videos, for example, are clearly carefully scripted and edited, and the video format adds to the communication, as the clips and images she shows drive home her points. However, there’s plenty of vlogs out there that are just rants, unscripted rambling on a topic with no goal or structure. It’s possible to do that with writing, but the physical act of writing and while your eyes are reading what you’ve written lends itself to the editing process in a way that filming a video that can immediately without review be put up on the Internet does not.
So I support the NBI because whether or not blogging is out of date, I still feel it’s an integral part of our community and the communications within. Without my blog, I wouldn’t know virtually anyone with whom I play beyond my very immediate gaming circle (my wife and buddy). I wouldn’t have made all the great “blog friends” I’ve made who bounce ideas off each other or just drop by to say Hi in game.
So I support the NBI because I think it’s one of the many blood vessels that keeps this idea circulatory system flowing. Could that system exist without? Probably, but the parts of the gaming community body that it fed would slowly die, which would harm the overall body irreparably.
Stubborn (lifts and supports)