What’s in a blog?

Since my post yesterday about people leaving Christchurch I have been thinking long and hard about what I want in this blog…and I’d like your thoughts.

One thing I find hugely annoying about blogs is that 99% of those that reply to the notions set before them, those that comment on the blogs, seem more to be fans than contributors, I’d love this place to be somewhere we can discuss different points of view, and disagree with each other. As long as it’s respectful I don’t have a problem with opposing positions.

I enjoyed all the comments from yesterdays post, when I was doing talkback it was the differing opinions that made the show interesting…there’d be nothing worse than people agreeing with each other all the time.

If you listened to me on Newstalk ZB you’ll already know this, but for those who have found me subsequently to my departure I love politics, religion and issues that are unique to NZ. I imagine I’ll be writing about those things frequently here and I hope you participate, both if you agree…and disagree with me and others who reply.

Please feel free to write anything that comes to mind in the comments section of this post about what you’d like to read about to make you a regular visitor…I’d like to know.

14 thoughts on “What’s in a blog?

  1. aamiraleali January 6, 2012 / 10:48

    I like challenging society and instituting the institution. Anything that sounds interesting and is fun to read – Goes in my blog. 🙂
    I would appreciate if you had a look 🙂

  2. George Browne January 6, 2012 / 11:02

    I’m thinking that the majority of nz’ers outside of Christchurch share your sentiments about the earthquake and people who chose to stay. We oversimplify the situation without fully understanding what they went through.

    As for your blog, i was thinking about some polls of interesting topics and people could choose which was the most interesting and you could have a discussion from there onwards.

  3. Gary Miller January 6, 2012 / 11:04

    Challenging the status quo..especially around local and central govt.
    Couple headlines to start off – Do media personalities make for good politicians? Or put another way, when voting are NZ’ers enamored by the personality rather than the policies.

    Do underwhelming and under performing CEO’s deserve pay rises that are worth more than the average wage?

    Is Global Warming a myth perpetrated by govt’s, supported by doggy science all in the cause of creating tax by stealth.

    Should we care about the Euro?

    Things like that…..

  4. Peggy Fittes January 6, 2012 / 11:22

    I’d like discussion on topics that interest me….well, naturally !!
    Informed debate on global warming would be good. Presently, I think the ETS is a rip off for the people of NZ.
    The new proposed food bill, petrol prices, electricity prices, partial sell off of assets etc.
    May be the meaning of life????
    Cheers !

  5. Rohan January 6, 2012 / 11:25

    Hi Pat,

    It depends what you want from this blog. For casual chat about various topics, blogs are great. They follow a simple linear format where people answer your questions and you reply back etc.

    You can have some videos and stuff to make it more interesting. I used to write a blog on domaining (buring / selling domains) but then I couldnt spend much time on it.

    Blogs are meant to be more of a “recreational” thing. You will not grow a huge “permanent” user base because blog softwares dont have a great search capability, only categories and tag clouds. Although its very simple to use and work on, it isnt very efficient when looking to build a commercial / profit oriented platform (not sure what your direction is with the blog).

    People generally create forums for that. If you have contributed to a forum berfore, you can see that its very well drawn and planned. You have various forums / sections like “politics”, “hobbies”, “Internet” etc where people can go in and in fact post their own topics. You can have verious sections and sub-sections for topics people would like to read. People can bookmark their favorites, have a plethora of user settings, can have signatures / avatars and stuff to make them feel that they own a part of the whole forum community, they can see how many posts each user has made etc.

    Also people can interact with each other easier, rather than with just the host .

    You can have a chat function where on a set time, you can be in a online room chatting with people (can be both text and audio).

    Lastly forums can be built up for memberships, they get indexed much better on search engines and therefore high visibility, and people can see them grow bigger and better over the years.

    So summing up, depending on whether you wish to have a place where you can have a casual discussion about thing or a place you wish to build up which has a corporate / commercial bent to it, you could choose different types of social networking tools.

    Just my two cents there.

  6. Peter D. Jamieson January 6, 2012 / 14:21

    The Chch blog was a classic, someone from Auckland putting forward a proposition about not just another City but Chch and suggesting why rebuild.

    Careful about this, about propositions about other places invite their thoughtsand mix yours in to their comments. This is not talkback where you start with an intro to set off the calls, and many tune in later and have not heard your intro just the recernts calls on the subject. With the blog people can look back and see all.

    But an Aucklands giving advice about Chch will always be a classic I am afraid, not wise.

    • Pat Brittenden January 6, 2012 / 15:06

      I would assume then the opposite is valid as well 😉 Cantabrians should not give any advice to Aucklanders about Auckland issues?

      I seem to remember many conversations from people in Chch about Auckland power outages, Auckland roads, Eden Park etc…etc…etc…lol

      🙂

  7. Peter D. Jamieson January 6, 2012 / 15:54

    Your talking about Talkback now I am not saying don’t, just start the conversation asking for inpurt and put your bit in during it. Mind you Aucklanders could learn a lot about power, where they took the profit rather than better secure system, transport and water etc where all is about the private quick dollar result. We are grateful for a power system that is built to handle challenges rather than experiencing cuts for small reason etc.

    Also have to say with all we have excperienced over the last year to hear what feels like some twit up north with no clues what it is like suggesting impossible and stupid ideas … do not expect to much logical reasoned argument. Turns out as I wrote the last coment ithere was a 3.5 then a 5 that was 5ks deep.

    • Pat Brittenden January 6, 2012 / 17:24

      I hope your not commenting on an issue that is only for Aucklanders to speak about are you Peter?

      Stay safe in the shakes, hope they settle down 🙂

      • Peter D. Jamieson January 6, 2012 / 19:10

        Hah hah not me but I did live on the North Shore when the warer problem happened in 1994, missed the later power cuts though enjoying our now in the East Chch.

  8. Jay January 6, 2012 / 16:56

    Peter, Cantabrians like you sound like the jealous cousins of Aucklanders, you ask them a general quesion, and they have to start with “we are not like Aucklanders blah”. Its a shame you guys dont realise we all are New Zealanders first and then anything else. Always living in jealousy is a sad thing, I feel sorry for you.

  9. Peter D. Jamieson January 6, 2012 / 17:14

    funny having lived my years in Auckland I take it your laughing as you write.

  10. Rob January 6, 2012 / 17:54

    Sadly I only managed to tune into you finally during your last few nights on Newstalk ZB so happy I was to find you moving back into the blogging world.

    So far so good, good content, engaging, questioning, opinionated.

    Personally I prefer to read other peoples thoughts via blog posts and comments rather than digest it over talkback so this is a good platform. People have to think a little harder (sometimes) when they put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard so therefore the content is a little more concise.

    Keep it up Pat!

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