The Core Dump

A strong conviction that something must be done is the parent of many bad measures

[By Nic Lindh on Wednesday, 17 March 2004]

Blogger’s dilemma

Jeff Jarvis over at Buzzmachine has an interesting post about push-back he’s getting from readers about his stance on the Howard Stern/free speech issue.

He makes an important distinction between personal blogs and what could be called focused-content blogs. On a personal blog you get whatever the author wants to ramble on about that day whereas on a focused-content blog you get more of a micro-magazine with more-or-less well-defined boundaries.

I picked up on this since I–like everybody else with a personal blog, I’m sure–have occasionally struggled with what to post and what to edit out. Self-censorship raises its ugly head quite a lot, and with the twin ravens of Google and the Wayback Machine on its shoulders, that voice can become quite persuasive.

Oh, well, enough navel-gazing. Onward and upward.

Music: “Ghosts” by Dirty Vegas [Opens in iTunes]

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