Thursday, June 30, 2005

june end

Now that there is a pleasing symmetry to the archives, it is tempting to leave this game...

(but then, July is another day)

In the meantime - a couple of heartening posts on the positives by two favourites:

Patteran Pages What's a Blog For
Fragments from Floyd The Primordial Ooze of the Blogosphere

Comments: june end

What's a blog for ?

For someone who has no real people to talk to !
Posted by at June 30, 2005 04:13 PM

I have plenty of confidantes, thanks.
(None of the anonymous ilk in real life.)
Posted by boynton at June 30, 2005 05:11 PM

Never trust a blogger!

lf you can't see their eyes and face then......
Posted by at June 30, 2005 06:09 PM

au contraire.

Meeting bloggers has been one of the unexpected rewards of this activity.
No shocking revelations at all.

(Although now in the Gravatar-Age, I might be disappointed when bloggers don't look like their picture.)
Posted by boynton at June 30, 2005 06:16 PM

If you leave now it will be linked irrevocably in a subliminal, unreachably inarguable way with my abominable procrastinatory malfeasance, and what a burden that would be in addition to the rest of it.
Not yet. You can't.
Posted by Ajax etc, at June 30, 2005 06:47 PM


I've just got to get over my regard archive...

Look forward to subliminal obliquenessance

Sorry to vacillate in public...(most undignified) though I'm sure such ambivalence is an ongoing thing with many bloggers.

There is a time for read-only blogging though?
Posted by boynton at June 30, 2005 07:16 PM

Sorry - anon, re-reading your first comment I may have misunderstood.
Thought you were having a go at us bloggers.
(Those I have met in RL all seem to have their fair share of RL companions)
Posted by boynton at June 30, 2005 07:58 PM

Posted by at June 30, 2005 08:18 PM

what is RL?
Posted by at June 30, 2005 08:19 PM

Real life.

Whatever that is ;)
Posted by boynton at June 30, 2005 08:37 PM

You are here for our entertainment. WE will tell you when you can leave. Until then, blog.
Posted by Gerry at July 1, 2005 12:22 AM

And I was starting to think that meeting bloggers in RL was the best part of it all. But Dick Jones has a persuasive and lyrical and very familiar case to make - thanks for linking. Floyd is just terrifying. 30K new a day?!
Posted by Kent at July 1, 2005 04:27 AM

(Although now in the Gravatar-Age, I might be disappointed when bloggers don't look like their picture.)

Especially the ones who you thought were dragons, goblins, mikhail gorbachev (gorby to his mates), and the Freedom Tower. Though meeting them in a smoky boozer may be problematic if you don't like people staring at you.
Posted by Russell Allen at July 1, 2005 05:25 PM

Blogging is like the mafia. Just when you think you're out, they pull you right back in again.

Anyway, it's not over till we have the spring 2005 Blogger Round-Robin Tennis Championships. Only wood or metal rackets (no carbon-fibre), no upmarket brand name sportswear, and a drinking game driven by aces and doublefaults. "Lets" count as a Chapmans.
Posted by Nabakov at July 1, 2005 05:26 PM

Cheers, Gerry.

Yes, Kent, I think Dick Jones' post will be a good one to read in times of general ennui.
The fear factor of Fred's stats is modified by the attrition rate, fortunately. Makes sense.
Hope to see an eventual return of DOTB - or its successor?

They sound scary Russell, but haven't seen them around myself. The standard fare seems pretty horticultural and zoological.
It would be a bestiary of bloggers at the next pub crawl - (what a racket)

- or Tennis Match, Nabakov.
Damn - just when I threw away my Ken Rosewall wooden Racquet. Which was warped to boot.
I'll endorse the No-Brand Rules, and the drinking game - especially the Double and Foot Fault clauses.
(In the meantime a mini-bloggers fest could always be convened around a Table-tennis table.)

Posted by boynton at July 1, 2005 07:50 PM

Looks like your staying boyn? Good. I'm off to P.Pages. Timely. You are (BTW)a model of dignity.
Posted by Link at July 2, 2005 08:37 AM


June loomed as a destination for a while - mainly for reaons of neatness.
As good a reason as any, probably.

(finally updated your url, Link)
Posted by boynton at July 2, 2005 06:50 PM

Boynton, please don't go!
Posted by Nick Piombino at July 3, 2005 07:00 AM

Thanks, Nick.
All seems rather self-indulgent now - to think out loud and express the fairly constant sense of ambivalence about blogging that has been with me since early days.
Main concern is the need for Reading time (not just the backlog of other blogs, but --- those things, what are they called again...)
Link bloggers (who never disclose anything directly) are a tonic to read.
A hiatus would precede an official departure I think.
Posted by boynton at July 3, 2005 01:58 PM

Recently, as you might remember,
I took quite a bit of time out from
steady blogging to read. But Boynton
ending officially- that's a blow to Blogland!
Perhaps you've gotten what you needed
to get out of it artistically or creatively,
and feel you have
to move on: I can only guess.

If you decide to keep the archives
available- you
may see a similar fate with Boynton
as with t.v. shows
like The Young Ones.
People more than ever need
to find a way to laugh and smile-
intelligently. Whenever Boynton's
run does end, if it is kept extant,
I predict the "reruns"
would continue to earn it a
continuous, appreciative following.
Posted by Nick Piombino at July 3, 2005 03:05 PM

Classy blogging rarely has a name you know,
but Boynton it is.
Congratulations on TWO YEARS.
Posted by Brownie at July 4, 2005 12:07 AM

Nick - that's much appreciated.
"artistically or creatively" - possibly.
Hardest thing about blogging may well be (as Dick refers to in his post) striking the balance between voices. The generic template invites an expectation of forum, of the temporal and ephemeral, of public and private bookmark. Let alone running narrative or original jot. I see why people have multiple blogs, but a niche blog getting more niched might not be a good idea for my stats and my fragile stats-ego.
However/bottom line: there are still plenty of blogs that inspire me, daily.

Thanks, Brownie.
Though there is always that thing, like the mysterious tea-cup, is it something to be proud of? ;)
Blogging is always nervous about its status when it gets serious...
Posted by boynton at July 4, 2005 12:34 PM

Please keep on blogging. I noticed we started our blogs around the same time. Two years is quite a cycle, and it does make you think about blogging and its pertinence.

Thank you for a lovely and always interesting blog.
Posted by ernesto Priego at July 4, 2005 03:33 PM

thank you, ernesto.

Anniversaries should lose their bite.
2 years could lose its itch.
It's only in the mind of the blogger, after all ;)

Posted by boynton at July 4, 2005 10:14 PM

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