What's up with people cutting and pasting entire conversations from IM, ICQ or IRC on their blog? September 25, 2001 7:59 PM   Subscribe

What's up with people cutting and pasting entire conversations from IM, ICQ or IRC on their blog?
posted by
cyniczny to General Weblog-Related at 7:59 PM (11 comments total)

I like to browse the random weblog, but am flabbergasted at how many of these "I have nothing interesting to say so I'll post my other really uninteresting conversations instead..." comments.

Anyone else feeling disenchanted with the garbage produced these days?

(Of course, that was a random blog found, so no direct offense to its owner)
posted by cyniczny at 8:06 PM on September 25, 2001

Who's forcing you to read them?
posted by tamim at 8:23 PM on September 25, 2001

I think this post tells you everything you need to know to achieve inner peace and self-actualization:

>I hate my job. I dont want to go to work. I dislike working >3-11 shifts. blah. Work sux big time. I hafta get ready now >and I absolutely have nothing to wear... which reminds >me, I hafta do my laundry tomorrow.
posted by machaus at 8:34 PM on September 25, 2001

arrghhh! mac text wraps!
posted by machaus at 8:34 PM on September 25, 2001

I apologise for my previous comment. I did not mean to be mean.

Most people maintain 'blogs for their own personal pleasure, catering to a very small audience of their friends. Complaining about content is futile. There was garbage even in the 'glory days of 'blogs.' I am pretty sure the friends and regular readers of the person you singled out finds him (or her) funny, charming and insightful.
posted by tamim at 8:37 PM on September 25, 2001

::nods at tamim's comments::

::tries to hide IM conversations posted at blog, behind back::

i try to at least have mercy on people, and just put up the funny parts of the conversation... well, at least the parts I think are funny.
posted by lotsofno at 8:43 PM on September 25, 2001

It's just for personal reference in the future.

Blogs are personal to the people who make/write them. And by placing bits of conversations, those words usually struck the blogger as good or funny or touching in some way.

It's like recording those neat conversations with friends on a "virtual" level. Besides they're fun to look back on ;-)
posted by a11an at 9:14 PM on September 25, 2001

it's easier than producing content.


I've considered it (and done it once in a dark period). I thought "hey those last 30 seconds were pretty funny, I'm posting this to the world"
posted by mathowie (staff) at 9:36 PM on September 25, 2001

For me, it seems like my writing is at it's best in an email on in some IM conversation. It's the spontanaeity of it I think, as opposed to thinking about some long winded post and editting and editting and editting and deleting.

I thought about posting some of my 'good material' on my weblog, but I always refrained myself. It's tempting sometimes though.

Then again, when your audience pretty much consists of that one person that you were conversing with...it's kinda redundant :\
posted by mkn at 1:16 AM on September 27, 2001

Why is this something to be ashamed of? I've got a few friends who I can consistently count on to be hilarious during IM chats. Besides, the give-and-take nature of IMs add a different flavor to the mix.

As a11an pointed out, it's for personal reference. I want to be able to remember that time RJ and I were discussing farm animals and county fairs and I managed to slip in an offhand reference to Charlotte's Web, which RJ took the wrong way ("Some Pig" "I am not fat!!!").

I suspect that your tolerance of IM posts may correspond to the amount of time you spend chatting online, or maybe it's just me. I also thought that whole Osama/Dubya AIM chat thing was hysterical, so what do I know?
posted by bjennings at 3:45 PM on October 2, 2001

I disagree that chats in and of themselves are bad; I've posted portions of chats on Jefferson and entire, massive trade discussions on my blog and they have been among my most popular postings. That certainly doesn't speak to the crap you linked to, but it does show that not all chat transcripts are worthless.
posted by norm at 4:59 PM on October 2, 2001

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