“Blogging is not writing. It’s just graffiti with punctuation.”

Thanks to Teresa Strandquist for bringing this to my attention. There will be no quarrel. The question is the value of graffiti. Effective blogging – we can’t really call it good – takes a number of forms. You can use photos, videos, music, snippets of conversation, texts, comments, art – nearly anything – and it’ll work. In a way, you’re “tagging” by bringing things to your blog as well as trying to get your content to go “viral” all over the web.

What makes graffiti at its worst effective is the maintenance of a sentiment. We don’t care, there’s nothing else worth doing. It’s a tired, cliched form of protest. Blogging definitely creates echo chambers. The blogs that go “viral” tend to do so in established niches where challenging thoughts and opinions long ago disappeared. The “blogosphere” gets more mainstream attention from its anger, not its reason.

Yet one must wonder how a diversity of expression finds its way into one place. All of us have seen some stunning, beautiful examples of graffiti. I’m sure there’s graffiti that’s changed the world for the better.  Perhaps we should hope blogging is graffiti at its best. Sometimes writing can wait.


  1. Or we can say that, writing is a form of graffiti. If we are to look into the meaning of graffiti and how we use our pen in making those letters, then we can say that those letters are the most famous objects we could draw for our graffiti and can deliver the message right away.

  2. When I taught middle school, I came to know intimately some graffiti artists or, as they call themselves, taggers. While some of them certainly raise the activity to an art form, what seems most clear is that it usually has more to do with a territorial instinct than anything. There might be a parallel with bloggers. There seems to be an irresistable human need to claim a special place in the universe for oneself by whatever means available.

  3. Great piece. I’ve often found that the longer I follow a source of information, the less I learn. Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a weekend reading a website telling me why my taste in media is not just wrong, but actually evil. I disagreed with a lot of it, but by exposing myself to different ideas I actually learned some things that I plan on following up on. I guess it’s like Bill Gates says; if you only read the parts you want to read, when you finish you’ll be the exact same person as when you started.

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