Blogging is the jazz of writing. You could call it “word jazz”, but that’s already taken. Chris Vallancourt has the right name for a blog: “Verbal Jazz“. How is blogging like jazz? Fill in the blanks below with either “blogging” or “jazz”:
_______ is spontaneous. It’s what hits you at the moment, not the result of years of carefully crafting details. It doesn’t follow a strict formula, though you might notice similarities and consistencies of style. All the rules are open to reinterpretation.
_______ is vulnerable. It’s your heart on a plate for everyone to see. Sure, they might poke it with their forks. The more of your true heart that’s in it, though, the more they will savor it.
_______ is open. Anyone can join in the jam, provided they don’t make a too evil noise. The best practitioners encourage and help beginners, because they know it’s in their best interest to grow and promote this community.
You might improve your _____ by studying its mechanics, but that really isn’t required in order to succeed. All you really need is to have a soul, to listen to it, and to let it out.
There is no final form of a work in ______. The best thing that can happen to your work is that someone else comes along and picks it up and creates something new from it. Hopefully they’ll acknowledge their source — there’s no reason not to.
Sometimes injecting some material from a more classical, structured source makes ______ more interesting, but ______ can never become completely bound by form and structure, or it dies.
Yesterday, Valleywag jestingly proclaimed the death of blogging — at Dave Winer’s hands, of course. When will blogging die? When people lose heart, bow to conformity, and can no longer be themselves. Blogging will die when jazz dies.