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I'm slated to appear on KUOW's Weekday tomorrow at 10:00 to blather on about blogs. You can listen to it live (either at 94.9 FM if you live in the Seattle area, or via webcast if you live elsewhere). Or you can find it in the Weekday Archives after the fact and listen to it then. Or you can not listen to it at all -- see if I care, you jerk.

If there's some particular aspect of blogging you think should be discussed, feel free to mention it in the comments. (Note: "VISIT MY SITE IT R0X0R!!!!" does not constitute an "aspect of blogging.")

Update: If you are a Seattle Blogger but your site is not yet listed at seablogs.hellbent.org you can use this online form to add yourself. This is where I will be pointing those listeners looking for local weblogs.

Posted on May 14, 2003 to Elsewhere


definitely the 10 am hour? if so, I'll edit my post.

Posted by: Anita Rowland on May 14, 2003 1:10 PM

As I've been cruising around various blogs, I'm curious about why the phenomenon is becoming so huge...are there just too many people in the world, leading some of us who have the capability to want to jump up and down like the Whos on Horton's back and scream, "we are here, we are here, we are here?"

I mean, I really like your site, Matthew, it's among the more literary and thoughtful and amusing of the bunch, but how many people really want to know what kind of shoes Brittany bought last night at the mall? I mean, how many hours are there in a day and why do people choose to spend their time doing this?

Just a couple ideas...and, you know, you could always share with KUOW the results of the condom hunt...

Posted by: Laurie on May 14, 2003 1:23 PM

Well, the beautiful thing about the internet is that you go to the content, as opposed to the content coming to you a la television or radio. Yes, there's a lot of noise out there on the www, but it can be filtered out as easily as it can be accessed.
So, if everyone (literally) had a blog, it wouldn't be that bad. The "OMG LOOK AT MY SHOES!!!!11" bloggers of the world could just be ignored while we sit back and enjoy the Matt Baldwins, Anil Dashes, Andre Torrii and Lore Sjöbergs.

Posted by: Jay on May 14, 2003 1:38 PM

Ladies and gentlemen... please bear with us a moment... we promise to have our distinguished guest back to finish answering your questions about blogging... but it appears that he has just *swooned*. ("go to commercial, go to commercial!")

Posted by: K on May 14, 2003 2:05 PM

Cool -- I'll be listening. I've recently been pointed in the direction of your site, and really enjoy your writing. Thanks!

Posted by: Anne on May 14, 2003 2:21 PM

I'm sorry, why was this blog picked to represent Seattle weblogs to the local npr audience? As if blogs need more 'naval-gazing' added to their rep? Oh, but it's so hard-hitting, this blog! It mentions all the things that the tv news never tells you, yes! Like how good X2 is! Wow, we'll sure beat Bush in 2004 with this kind of info!

Out of Seattle, for a blog which gives you something useful and literary, nothing beats American Samizdat.

Perhaps we can have a new blog category . . . let's see, there's warbloggers, there's the diarists, and oh yes--now there's the fluffbloggers.

Posted by: josie on May 14, 2003 3:00 PM

I get enough depressing shit from MSN and work. I, for one, would rather read Matt's blog than, well, just about anything else on the web.

If you want useful and literary, read the classics or the Kama Sutra. If you want pleasurable, fun reading with unique insights at times, and belly laughs at others, or if you just want to escape for a few minutes from the stress of the work day, then read this blog. That's what I want out of blogging, and that's what I get.

I don't expect to change the world through my blog, and I don't think that Matt does either (if I'm out of line let me know). I just want to give someone an opportunity to smile when they may not have yet today. I hope that my blog does that for someone. Matt's does it for me.

Posted by: KOTWF on May 14, 2003 3:11 PM

Wait, this is a blog? You haven't been talking about the war at all lately dude! Take yourself more seriously!

Some things you could possibly talk about:

1. The presidential candidates who have blogs. Do they "get it" or are they "poseurs"?
2. Speed of blogs versus other media
3. Complications presented by blogs showing up so often in Google results. How many people have come to your site looking for information about the abominable snowman?
4. Blogs are like speed-dating. You decide if you like someone based on three or four sentences a day.
5. Individual vs. community blogs, like Metafilter, Slashdot, etc.
6. Blogs as meme trackers.
7. ME!!!

Posted by: Hildago on May 14, 2003 3:24 PM


Sounds like a Norwegian folk dance.

Posted by: Laurie on May 14, 2003 4:36 PM

Hey, that e-mail link for me needs a "mailto:" in front of it.

No matter -- I got the form working, so people can add their own Seattle weblogs instead of sending me e-mail and waiting for me to do it:


Posted by: Michael Montoure on May 14, 2003 5:40 PM

All we have so far is this. We're not as hip in the Midwest, I guess.

Posted by: Jay on May 14, 2003 8:51 PM

ah, ignore the sour grapes, Matt. Let's hope seablogs holds up under the onslaught!

Here's a good question, though - why are Seattle bloggers so much less socially interactive than our NYC counterparts? I mean, there's meetup and all, but I'm never especially motivated to make it, even when the event is literally blocks from my house!

Hope to hear some of you on the radio tomorrow!

Posted by: mike on May 14, 2003 10:11 PM

In defense of the people who blog about shoes... I really love shoes, and I like to see pics of other people's pretty shoes, and share my own. That's the genius of blogging - no matter how stupid, inane, and pointless you think a blog is, someone else might think it's brilliant.

Posted by: donut on May 15, 2003 7:20 AM

I, for one, wonder about those who haven't the time or affinity for "fluff blogs," yet have the time and drive to comment in them.

Shouldn't you be busying yourself with something more substantial--a little more literary, Ms. Snobby Face Josie?

Posted by: brittney on May 15, 2003 7:34 AM

Perhaps we write blogs to express ourselves, and other people read them to remind themselves we aren't that different.

Me - I do it for the chicks.

Posted by: Jim on May 15, 2003 9:04 AM