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Dorothy W.

"Ultimately, what 'can be done in a blog post' is whatever it and its author want it to do."

Amen! Let's not put limits on what the genre of the blog post can do before we've fully explored the possibilities.


I wholeheartedly agree with Dorothy. It seems to me that lit blogging at least (I can't speak for any other kind) has woken up and energised a new community of readers and writers. They suddenly have an outlet for their non-professional critical discourses (many of which *are* more pertinent and immediate), as well as a responsive and equally eager audience. For my own part, thinking about blogging certainly *does* lead to "better thoughts" and, in turn, other people's better thoughts lead me down new avenues and expose me to new ideas outwith my academic life.

As for the potential of blogging? I think the SF/F genre base have demonstrated very well how blogging (and other forms of internet communication) can bring a flagging print media (in this case review and short fiction magazines) to a new generation of readers. Blogging has undoubtedly quickened the pace of the market, led to an upturn in literary SF criticism/ theory and fostered a group of highly talented amateur writers. This can only be for the good and other lit sectors should take note and follow.

Gerard Beirne

As a successful writer of long fiction, short fiction and poetry (see also encourage the blog (check out In other words both are compatible. The blog format allows brief but intuitive arguement which can be followed up in a longer format for greater developement if necessary


I've been astonished by the quality and the creativity of bloggers - certainly in the litblog community. It strikes me that what it is, is a new genre in its own right in which concision is a virtue and the speed of responsiveness to current events makes for a highly dynamic format. It's also has the possibility to be an act of community writing, which has never before had such a successful incarnation.


If meta blogging is the greatest vice blah blah blah then should we be hiding the women, small children and pets when there is blogging about meta blogging?

Sheesh, wouldn't the Universe or at least this solar system be better off if ,for instance someone investigated where Walter Kirn has his cutlery maintained or whether there is a correlation between small shoes, tight sphincters and wanton verbal assaults on tribal elders?

Me thinks so.

J. Nathan Matias

Meta-discourse on any art is an unavoidable (and ultimately useful) result of the opening of that art to new practitioners.

This, in fact, is an issue discussed in detail in "A Room of One's Own," by Virginia Woolf, in relation to the novel, and particularly the novel as written by females.

We humans are reflective beings. Our ability to question, evaluate, and adjust our efforts is part of what makes us special. Sure, we have limitations, and we're not all wise, but I do think it makes a positive difference.

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