Writing is conversation

by phil on Monday Mar 9, 2009 10:44 AM

The more and more I write, the more I find that my writing is an extended form of conversation.

I noticed today, for example, that I received a comment on one of my posts, and before I read the comment, I re-read my post first. And I didn't just re-read to remember what I wrote, but rather in order to make it seem like the post and comment were part of one continuous stream of conversation.

In 1999, a couple of technologists came together and wrote the "Cluetrain Manifesto," which now, with blogs firmly entrenched and Twitter taking over, seems very prescient:

A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result, markets are getting smarter--and getting smarter faster than most companies.


Mark said on April 25, 2009 8:29 PM:

A buck? You're kidding, right? For that little tiny tidbit?

It was interesting, but nothing more than a tease, an opening, a bare beginning. There was not nearly enough of it to dignify it with the term "content".

I would really have enjoyed reading more along the lines of that beginning. But pay for that little bit? I guess not!

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