Shoot, I just can’t let this go. Okay, I’ll say this and then I’m done.
I’m just a dumpy broad with a computer and some random stuff to say. What I enjoy about blogging and what makes it for me more than just an exercise in being a writer too cowardly to really write is the stuff I learn from the other amazing folks out here on the internet, who comment here or post at their own places, who put it out there.
I find this to be incredibly important. It makes me feel intellectually engaged in the world and makes me feel like I have a real stake in things. Maybe a tiny stake, but a stake.
The thing about WKRN under the old vision, with Brittney and Kleinheider, was that the leadership really got that–that blogging gave people a way to really be engaged in our community in ways that traditional media just doesn’t.
Even if we all watch the news or read the paper, it’s passive. You just sit there and let information flow into you.
It’s not that way with blogging. With blogging, if information comes in and doesn’t come back out in some way–either by spurring you to comment or blog yourself or act in some other way–it’s a failure.
To grasp the difference, imagine if I went to the Scene and said to Liz Garrigan, “Damn, Liz, I so love what you’ve done with the Scene. I love the stuff you make me think about and I love learning about places and so, yeah, I’m going to start my own alternative newspaper.”
But people all the time start blogs because of a blog they’ve read.
So, yeah, Kleinheider, and Brittney, gave me a kind of legitimacy that was a hybrid of the blogger/old media thing. I was just talking to a bunch of other ordinary folks who also had computers, but folks who got paid to blog by a television station thought what I said mattered.
That was nice.
And I’m sorry to see the end of that.