Thursday, June 22, 2006

Power Drive

Blogging is pointless piffle. Blogging is for people who wish they were writers or journalists but who have neither the talent nor discipline to be either. Bloggers write about puff stuff – meaningless gibberish and selfish introspection. They blog about how they blog. They blog about how they have nothing to blog about. They create pointless games (memes) to stimulate others to read their blog. They recycle other people’s stories and jokes. They add no value to anyone’s life and represent nothing more than electronic noise or inefficiently transcribed viruses. Bloggers can’t spell, construct good grammar or move the reader.

Coimisiún na Scrúduithe Stáit
Answer only one of these questions

(a) Discuss the above in the style of a blogger. This will have the advantage that you will have something to blog about. Demonstrate with reference to blogs what you once read how your blog is so much more important. (35 marks)

(b) I’m constantly struck by the number of profound and moving blog posts. I’m humbled by the honesty, integrity, humanity, and vulnerability of so many bloggers. I’d love if we could gather in a single site, those articles which the blog community found to be moving and powerful. Only those that were truly moving - not the humorous or politically adept stuff. It would be a great repository for a casual visitor to Blogosphere to see that some Irish bloggers hit a very high standard, that blogging can have an impact and why so many of us are inspired to try to emulate these. (590 marks)


Anonymous Damien Mulley said...

I think that's a marvellous idea. Why not go ahead and do it?

12:44 a.m., June 23, 2006  
Blogger Fence said...

I agree with Damien. Off you go now and get started.

9:13 a.m., June 23, 2006  
Blogger KnackeredKaz said...

What? I'm massively confused by that post!

Is it only me? Are we supposed to discuss something? The first bit or the second? Or both?! The a) part didn't make sense at all, was that deliberate?

Sorry, I'm brain cabbaged this morning!!

10:46 a.m., June 23, 2006  
Blogger Paige A Harrison said...

On some unconscious level, I'm sure that I was trying to ape the almost incomprehensible nature of Leaving Cert exam questions (as I remember them). But the reality is that I probably don't write too good!

What is stopping me from "doing this", is I don't have a clue of how this exercise would be achieved. Technically or anthropologically.

Would I create a site that was open to all to post to? Nominate good example posts? ...... and is there some brilliant existing web solution that does this?

Yesterday I read posts and/or recommendations by Omani, Sinead Gleeson and others which I thought were particularly powerful/humbling. How would another casual observer find these gems?

12:28 p.m., June 23, 2006  
Blogger Fence said...

You'd set up another site and either reproduce the posts there, or link back to them.

You could create a digg-like site. There are free versions on
submit a link and get others to vote.

Or you could just have a collection of editors who'd collect good examples. You could allow submissions but have the final decision be yours/made by an editor.

12:58 p.m., June 23, 2006  
Blogger Omaniblog said...

On the technical side, you have a couple of first class advisers in Damien and Fence.

I thought you were deliberately apeing the Leaving Cert. I smiled my way throught the whole post and found myself adding the two lots of marks together and smiling again. I even confused myself by thinking the numbers were word limits.

Do it... do it... you are a brilliant inventor. You should be the editor-in-chief. And you can easily find an assisting group of bloggers to nominate posts for your consideration.

How will roaming bloggers find the site? Easily - by word of mouth, the good old search engine.

Thank you for your kind mention of my yesterday contribution...

Blogs that move me... wonderful idea.

2:22 p.m., June 23, 2006  
Blogger Paige A Harrison said...

Thanks all for your brilliant guidance. I'll reflect on this for a wee while. (I do my best reflections with a Friday G&T!)

As ever, thanks for your wisdom. I wasn't worried about people finding my site. My point was, how will others find these brilliant posts that I seem to stumble across and could we contrive a solution that does nothing else but promote the power of blogosphere to move.


3:00 p.m., June 23, 2006  
Blogger parnellpr said...

Gosh you had me scared there! Mind you I've got to admit that I would like to be a journalist (lol). Pippa. Hence my puny attempt to bash Fox news's Bill O'Reilly today. P.S Thanx 4 answering my question in the earlier post, god knows the man deserved it.

12:13 a.m., June 24, 2006  
Blogger Cailleach said...

You guys are cooking up a great idea. I've seen a good example at Books Inq which is a blog run by the Books Editor Frank Wilson of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

He posts links to anything and everything that catches his hungry journalist eye, but something like this in Ireland would be terrific, if it's not already being done.

You guys should check out technorati as well, if you don't already know about it.I've only discovered stuff like this as I'm going along.

The possiblities are exponential! :¬)

7:22 p.m., June 24, 2006  
Blogger Omaniblog said...

Thanks for the reference to Frank Wilson @

But I warn you all that I went on the blog and found a piece on John Updike's recent talk about bookshops. It seemed to me that Frank Wilson completely misrepresented Updike in a manner that struck me as questionable.

5:18 p.m., June 25, 2006  
Blogger Fence said...

Blatant self-promotion here ;) I've recently set up a site for posting links to sports stories. The premise is that people join, find stories they like and submit them. Other people come along, vote for them and/or discuss them.
As you can see On The Ditch is only starting out, but you can still see it in action.

Course you'd probably need to pay for hosting as you need to be able to install databases and stuff.

1:38 p.m., June 26, 2006  
Blogger Lee said...

Hold on. Did nobody else find this post laugh-out-loud funny?

6:24 a.m., June 27, 2006  
Blogger Fence said...

Ah Lee, isn't that sorta taken for granted :)

11:57 a.m., June 27, 2006  
Blogger Cailleach said...

omaniblog - so you told him, right? ;¬)

And BTW, paige, I did find the post amusing in a civil service type of way

12:13 p.m., June 27, 2006  
Blogger parnellpr said...

still struggling....

11:26 p.m., June 27, 2006  
Anonymous RogerG said...

That was one of the reasons we put in a bump button. You need a critical mass for the bump feature to work properly unfortunately we've had a low uptake and have had a few people who trundle off to different ip addresses to bump their own posts. Of course bump would probably include the "humorous or politically adept stuff" so maybe we need a "sniff" button for the moving stuff. :) .

10:04 p.m., July 07, 2006  

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