I was thinking about the links and the linking as another interesting aspect to look at. My father says that they are one of the defining characteristics of blogs (check also the post ‘June 23, 2009 – Definition and data’). And though I don’t agree (I think they are a defining characteristic of HTML and the World Wide Web, and that blogs make use of them because they are part of the WWW), I think they are still a very important tool. The possibility to connect very easily separate pieces of writing loosens up the structure of the writing and the reading, facilitating less linear circulations through the text and thus a less linear writing.
And, in my opinion, the fact that the links are unidirectional only makes it more interesting, cutting out (or at least blurring) the idea that there has to be a hub or center to the text. The paths of the linked information follow a logic of the local, departing from the detail of very specific points of interest. There isn’t a need to follow a master flow chart, a macro-structure like in a more traditional idea of a website. Without a ‘back’ button (like all internet browsers have – so, a tool external to the blog/website), the linked paths can be dead ends, circular, or recursive.
I think that makes it a pitty to have to hand in this writing in hard copies – I think it’s worth to read it on-line. Please check https://sndodissertationmetablog.wordpress.com/
It’s interesting to think that when Tim Berners Lee (credited for inventing the WWW) named the web spaces pages, he also tied them strongly to a traditional editorial paradigm. Webpages became a sort of transposition of the print to a digital format. The hypertext (the link, the possibility to click a word and be instantly transported to a new text) opened up then a new logic of circulation. And later on, the inverted chronology of blogs brought in a different sense of time to the Internet text, inviting to regular visits and a follow up of the content. It could be said that these dynamics in the relation between the blog (and its author), its audience and other media (specially other blogs) are specific to blogs and their circuit.