One of the first things I asked myself when I started writing a blog was “What is a blog?” I have since formed my own opinion on that, but that opinion is based entirely on my own preferences and information needs. I never got a really solid answer to the question from an objective viewpoint. The most common answer is “whatever you want it to be!” That’s a fun and empowering notion but it hardly fits with the ongoing debate about the blog’s place in the information universe.
So long as the words “blog” and “blogger” keep popping up like they have a universally recognized value, I want to ask again: what do they mean? I know that my little poll will still lack objectivity. That doesn’t bug me. The only opinions I really care about anyway are those in my little corner of the web. Okay, that’s not entirely true. If someone gave me the book of Blog Rules and Regulations I would gladly read it. Until then, this is a good starting point.
So here goes. I’ve never put a poll up on this blog before, so I absolutely expect it to break on first use. I get what I pay for.
I’ll publish one question per day for a total of four questions. Since the “other” option comes with a very limited space for answers, feel free to use the comment section if you like. In this first poll, you can make up to two selections. Even if you like more than two answers, chose the ones that most closely reflect your opinion. Thank you in advance for participating.