Chad Perrin: SOB

30 June 2007

weblog attention, motivation, and underlying meaning

Filed under: Cognition,Metalog — apotheon @ 08:00

As Sterling pointed out today, Quasi Fictional featured me today. Quasi Fictional is an interesting cross-section of the motivations of weblog authors across a wide range of interest areas. The posts in this series are profiles of the subjects’ reasons for writing their weblogs that are written by the subjects themselves, which of course leads to some (often predictable) trends in the sort of description of weblogging activities presented for each person.

While it can be an entertaining diversion to speculate about what people are downplaying, talking up, and misrepresenting due to a certain amount of self-blindness (myself included) when they talk about themselves, the first question that occurs to me is “How are we chosen for a profile at Quasi Fictional?” Obviously (or, at least, it’s obvious if you’ve looked around Quasi Fictional a bit), Diogenes (the Quasi Fictional author/editor) takes submissions openly, but also obviously (since I received an invitation) some people are specifically asked to contribute — and it’s the reasons for these invitations that interest me. When the invitation to write a profile for contribution came to me so hot on the heels of my receipt of the Thinking Blogger Award, of course there was a moment where I considered that the editor of Quasi Fictional might be following the progress of the Thinking Blogger Award. I suspect, however, that there’s some other mechanism behind the choice. I might ask Diogenes personally, but really, that requires opening an email client. Who has that kind of time (he asked facetiously)?

I admit to a bit of laziness. When asked to contribute a piece about myself to Quasi Fictional’s Fine Art of Blogging series of profiles, I was asked to post it here at SOB and submit it in a Microsoft Word document. I pointed out, in a response, that I do not have (nor want) Microsoft Office installed on a computer here (and the fact that I use FreeBSD as my primary OS is part of the reason for that), and have already posted on the subject in the past. I directed Diogenese to my post the introvert blogger, which I thought was somewhat more interesting than my previous weblog whys/wherefores. Apparently, that was sufficient for the needs of Quasi Fictional, because it is the text that now adorns a post there. That disclaimer out of the way, I hope you learn something about the parts of my personality that come to the fore when I’ve been drinking sake in celebration of my imminent birthday.

The day before one’s birthday, in the wee hours of the morning, hammered on good rice wine, is sure to produce something (relatively) interesting. At least, that seems to me the intuitive assumption to make. For timing and circumstances, that seems an excellent example of the sort of thing that could bring one’s baggage and subconscious issues to the surface. I wonder, to an outsider, what that SOB entry seemed to say about me — aside from the direct meaning of the statements made.


  1. Happy birthday to you.

    Sterling is an excellent blogger who wrote Fine Art of Blogging Entry in early days. It is from his chipping that I discovered you and after exploring bit found that you being a third generation user have important things to say. That is why I asked you to write.

    Yes, I have my own reasons and criteria to invite bloggers to write Fine Art of Blogging post. Let me explain:

    Initially, I mass emailed to known substantial bloggers and asked them to write. Many responded and the project got moving. Contributions from others bloggers started poring in as most of the early writers linked back and some also posted my invitation at their own blogs. Now I have a steady stream of blog posts coming in day after day.

    I still email invitations (as I emailed you) to those who I think can contribute meaningfully; writers, bloggers, experts in any chosen field. I also ask those who I want to befriend or to draw attention;-)

    If you go through some previous posts you many notice that there are some repetitions but mostly every one comes out with some thing new; for me (and may be some others) to learn from.

    Did I tell you that I am contemplating the idea of picking up unique posts and bring them out in print?

    Thanks for asking :-)

    Comment by Diogenes — 1 July 2007 @ 01:16

  2. Happy birthday to you.

    I think my phrasing may have been unclear. I meant to refer to the fact that when I first composed the SOB entry quoted at Quasi Fictional, on 20 April, the following day was my birthday. Thanks for the well-wishing, in any case.

    my own reasons and criteria to invite bloggers

    Thank you for the elaboration.

    mostly every one comes out with some thing new; for me (and may be some others) to learn from.

    I have looked at a few of the earlier entries, and I expect I’ll be looking at more of them over time, as the mood strikes. The inner workings of others’ minds are always interesting, and instructive in the mysteries of human motivation. I think what you’re doing with Quasi Fictional is fascinating, and I’m glad someone is doing it.

    It’s one of those ideas that seems obvious in retrospect, but never occurred to me before I saw someone else (you, in this case) actually implement it. In my experience, the best ideas always seem obvious in retrospect.

    Did I tell you that I am contemplating the idea of picking up unique posts and bring them out in print?

    You didn’t mention it specifically to me, as far as I recall, but I figured that might be a possibility from some of what it says on Quasi Fictional’s “About” page. I hope that works out — I think it would make a great idea for a book.

    Thanks for the invitation, and for commenting here. Keep up the good work.

    Comment by apotheon — 1 July 2007 @ 10:51

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