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10Nov/04Off

I’m Not Asking For Pre-Digestion But Some Fucking Navigational Clues Might Be Nice

Another short gap between classes here and I was catching up on all of the Planets that I should be reading on a regular basis and had a realization of sorts. It's something that I normally try to do with somewhat limited success because my intent to practice good habits versus my memory and patience weighs out exactly the way you'd think it would plus I think that it's one of my more irritating weblogging habits: when you're speaking about something that's changed a couple of times in the past, for reasons, try to mention the things that you've transitioned from and the reasons that you've made those changes in the past.

For one, that makes your weblog a whole lot more search engine surfer friendly -- it gives some instant context to those who came in looking for your reasons and other things you've tried instead of the actual occurrence. I supremely doubt whether many of us that operate non-LiveJournal or Blogger weblogs (and I don't mean to disparage those hosts at all since I know an increasing number of people that write at sites hosted there without [incessantly] posting kitty pictures or publicly obsessing over mundane daily minutiae) still seriously think that people we don't know are trying to piece together chronologies of what actually transpires during the course of our days, so maybe trying to help our imaginary readership in figuring that out without reading a dozen entries might be nice or at very least more pragmatic. Shit, what more could you possibly hope for than someone finding something useful amongst the torrents of blah blah blah?

Two, or rather as an addition to what I mentioned above: When you mention the factors that, for example, influenced your decision to change Linux distributions or buy a different kind of car or move to Canada, you might also think about adding some kind of navigational aid other than pinging back your own weblog a half dozen times. This isn't just because I think that stuff is obnoxious as hell (and Aaron, as much I as I truly loved the guy, is a fine example of how not to go about this because he fucking reveled in obscurity and outward opacity) and I would like to know how you got somewhere but I'm honestly kinda lazy when it comes to reading weblogs closely. I think most people are. There isn't an examination afterwards and they're largely (individual posts, not the entire spectrum of the weblog world) on personal relationships to larger topics and intended for immediate consumption. It doesn't help that most of us are are amateur writers with the goal of getting something out there or out of our systems rather than writing a cohesive/instructive piece of composition when this shit gets slapped together.

Uh, blah blah blah. I intended to write more than a paragraph or two here nor for this to turn into some horribly verbose and lecure-rific caricature or its original purpose: it was supposed to be a suggestion for fellow webloggers. So, uh, the one sentence summary: when you write on topics that other people might find useful enough to Google finish the job you lazy, sloppy bastards; don't be cryptic and think about connecting your ideas together in a way that doesn't require an intimate knowledge of either you or your topic. Don't dumb it down but make fucking sense, I guess. That was two doh! three but I'm hungry, and tired, and running out of time and full of goddamn conjunctions. I'll have the time and mental ability for coherency when lecturing you about the same when I'm dead.

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