A Charming Blogging Experience
I just spent the day – on and off – jumping in and out of a cyber dominance dance that I found very entertaining.
You can find it here. s
The conflict that unfolds is a familiar one:
1) there is a blog;
2) it has been around for quite some time;
3) there are what I will call “founding members;”
4) there are “new members;”
5) the founding members are accustomed to a certain ebb and flow of conversation that follows more or less specific topics (i.e., “blog traditions”);
6) the new members are unaware of the blog traditions;
7) new member input has caused the mood and style of the blog to drift from the blog traditions towards what looks and feels more like a typical chatroom where multiple independent conversations can and do take place at one time.
Click on the link provided above and watch a founding member thump a new member for the purpose of enforcing blog traditions.
The new member reacted exactly like one would expect: she got upset, fought back, and then abruptly left – never to return again.
It is sad any time that sort of thing happens, but we’ve all seen this scenario play out over and over again and it is very cliche. It is the equivalent of a child picking up their toys and running home after an altercation at the playground. But the way the blog participants handled it – some ignoring it, some not – including the blog’s host and ultimate authority, is far from cliche.
What do you think?
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