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Why aren't Journals just like blogs?

Zarf (5735) writes | more than 4 years ago

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I stopped writing in my journal regularly because over the last few years I've moved to using my blog more. The blog has even lead to me contributing to several articles to an industry magazine. Now, maybe my writing is better... or maybe that would never happen in a journal.

I stopped writing in my journal regularly because over the last few years I've moved to using my blog more. The blog has even lead to me contributing to several articles to an industry magazine. Now, maybe my writing is better... or maybe that would never happen in a journal.

Why? Why aren't journals more like blogs? Why doesn't journal publication naturally lead to the kinds of connections that blog entries do? Is slashdot just like facebook in that respect? Is /. a walled garden?

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good/bad (1)

Captain Splendid (673276) | more than 4 years ago | (#29355973)

Is slashdot just like facebook in that respect?

Whoa, there. I know FB's got plenty of problems, but it's still way more web-friendly than journalspace.

Is /. a walled garden?

From what I've read of the FAQ/gleaned from Taco's few comments on the subject, this is entirely the point and I don't see it changing anytime soon. I'm still a little on the fence about it, as I see the positives and the negatives of the situation, but the truth is, it's 2009, and a tech-savvy site like slashdot really could be doing a lot better than this. In fact, if done right, it could really enhance the value of this place as a useful resource on the web. I learn way more here in an average day than I do on any other tech-centered site.

Re:good/bad (1)

Zarf (5735) | more than 4 years ago | (#29365503)

Hmm... there's a company called DZone [dzone.com] they're based down the road from me. They seem to be going for a /. type community centered around software developers. This looks like one of the sub-communities that Slashdot serves. I find myself spending more time there. Slashdot feels arcane by comparison.

The major difference with DZone is that they do publish "journal" articles but these are community centric [dzone.com] and contributors professional profiles are prominently presented.

So really, what I see is that /. remains unique in that it isn't leveraging your "real" persona in its network. So I agree I see good and bad in that. You may still "put on" a persona for /. and that persona is relatively independent of your real world professional persona. Karma +/- doesn't affect your search engine profile.

With DZone what you say can and will be held against you in the court of google. Which means if I'm using these things for serious end /. ain't the place to build my reputation. It's a place to play.

Re:good/bad (1)

Bill Dog (726542) | more than 4 years ago | (#29367601)

/. can also be another place to be serious *plus* not the place to build your reputation. For example I don't post under a pseudonym here because I'm playing, I do it so that I can talk about a wide range of things without it affecting my real reputation.

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