The State of the Blogosphere
My fellow bloggers, a bunch of years ago — the date and context of the quote missing since this is, after all, the Web — Bob Dole said: “The internet is a great way to get on the net.” And now, it’s time to look at the state of that net. Today, thanks to the many many many posts by various writers, there is much progress to report.
I actually love the State of the Union because I like the idea of a check-in. I sort of wish it weren’t one person delivering a speech, telling all of us the state of our union. I sort of wish it were more like a procession of people all stepping up to the microphone and telling us in three sentences how they view America from their vantage point. Do things look tense? Hopeful? Are they struggling? Standing on firm footing? Do they feel supported or wandering around in the dark?
I wish the State of the Union was less polished and more verbal diarrhea. Not cruel. Not taunting. Not thoughtless. But more emotion and less control. More messy and less neat. I know that wouldn’t project the strong leadership we wish to show to the world on America’s public face. But still, I’m scared yet hopeful when I think about America. Sometimes I just want to see scared and hopeful reflected back at me too.
I don’t think it would actually be helpful in the least for me to sum up the state of the ALI blogosphere. It would only be my point-of-view, which is entirely dependent upon the blog posts I read and the emails I receive and the Tweets that pop up in my stream. Beyond that, our corner of the blogosphere is too diverse in experience. How could I ever speak to how adoption bloggers or donor gamete bloggers or child-free bloggers view the ALI blogosphere? Or moreover, how longtime bloggers view it vs. newer bloggers?
But I think if everyone contributes two or three sentences, we could get a pretty fair panoramic view of the state of the ALI blogosphere. I’ll place my thoughts in the comment section below too.
How does the ALI blogosphere look from your vantage point? And moreover, how are you overall?