Once again Dave Winer has defined what blogging is, this time on Twitter on June 7, then on his blog on June 10 & 12. On Twitter he wrote:
"What matters is people writing what they know, fluidly, publicly, with an archive for the future."
Then on his blog:
If blogging didn’t exist we’d have to invent it. “People writing what they know, fluidly, publicly, with an archive for the future.” That’s it. [Jun 10, 2020].
"The other day I wrote a short definition of blogging, including a word I suspect not a lot of bloggers would use -- fluid. To me the process of writing on your blog, if it isn't fluid, it isn't doing its job. By fluid I mean this. I have an idea. Count the steps before the idea appears on your blog and how complex the steps are. The more steps the more likely you'll lose your way, and find it hard to get back to what you were doing. You respond by skipping it altogether next time, the idea is lost. You can engineer fluidity, the same way you can optimize for other attributes. But most blogging software doesn't imho even try." [Jun 12, 2020]
RC comment on this:
Certainly when Dave writes on this subject, you gotta listen! Many argue he invented blogging to begin with. And he has created lots of blogging tools, many of which I have used . . . and liked!
When Andy Sylvester got 1999.io set up on my own server, so I could write a series of articles in 2019 to introduce Thailand to my friends & my brother, in advance of their first visits there, it was such a joy to use Dave's software for that task, after mostly using micro.blog for the three years before that. Those articles just came tumbling out, or flowing out. It was a HUGE improvement over micro.blog. I was over the moon.
So I agree with Dave. The difference was fluidity. The reason Dave's blogging tools are so great is that he wrote them for his own use. Blogging is his job, his life. He knows what is needed, because he is constantly blogging. He knows from many years of experience what is needed. If something starts to get in his way, he fixes it. If the tools don't let his writing flow, he fixes them, so they do.