The Emotional Life of Weblogs, Part II
JPB: "I feel like the web is an enormous step backwards. I was on the well and elsewhere where things were really about conversations and not about publication"
Dave Winer: "They have the power to stop you, but on your blog they don't"
JPB: "Death is a form of failure in America."
Dave Winer: "The thing about John that I love is that he shows that it's ok to be a man and show an emotional side..."
JPB: "We live in this uncomparable world of bullshit."
Unknown: "In blogs, we're the characters and sometimes we get away from ourselves"
Lenn brings up this example of blog entries that family and others read and then bring into the real life world and ask about them...
Dave Winer: "People think they know you, but they really just know some facts about you..."
JPB: "But Dave, you piss everybody off.... Piss is the water in which you swim... and everybody loves you anyway..."
Dave Winer: "And I piss myself off too..."
Dave Winer: "Do this for me.. go back 24 hours later and read the same thing that you read that pissed you off and see if it still does.. [...] If I try to not take it all personally, I ask a few questions.. therefore, I know what I said just triggered something.. I'm just a mirror for them..."
Red: "I got called a slut by someone who reads my weblog..."
Unknown: "Was that an insult or a compliment?"
JPB: "Well, if they're picking on me, they're leaving someone else alone..."
Dan Gillmor: "I tend to defend the facts when people attack me and leave the personal stuff alone... you develop somewhat of a thicker skin over time.."
Unknown: "what if they're right - I post retractions...."