So this IKnight person found it quite unfortunate no one provided sufficient arguments for the benefits of anecdotes (in general, I assume, as twitter doesn’t allow much room for distinction and rarely do people bother to provide it anyway). So I’m going to commit a cardinal sin on this blog and make a serious post about the topic.
Blog posts are much like open letters or (research) papers where they can be publicly accessible, referenced, discussed, and can spawn a whole set of new posts expanding upon the thoughts presented therein. And there is one more core commonality between these written works: they wish to present a concept, an idea, a thought to the reader. The thought itself need not be new or startling or of any relevance at all, such distinctions are extraneous to the task of the blog post: showing this thought to all who care to read. Now this is where the author’s intent comes into play — the effectiveness of how to grab the reader’s attention, to change their minds about something, to affect a new understanding — these are a few of the possibilities for what the author wants their post to do. Or simply to say something. To announce something. The transfer of information.
There has always been talk on blog types and how to post and effective methods and etc. etc. It’s all really a discussion on effective methods of getting your thought, your point, across to the reader. Whether it’s talking of the interactions of metablogs on the blogs themselves to simply saying how hot you think a character is in that dress, there are a plethora of points that can be conveyed in any number of ways — dependent on both the author’s intent and the reader’s attention. (So…)
The thoughts and ideas behind a post are personal. They hold meaning and impact to the author or else there would be no reason for them to present it to the outside world. Shaped by the author, (memories, beliefs, understandings, etc. etc.) if there are shared points of experience with the reader, a personal account can be used to make a very strong argument with much fewer words. Chemistry papers have no need to detail the dilution of chemicals, it is shared knowledge with the (expected) readers. Similarly, anecdotes can provide a viewpoint where the reader can cling to a similar experience and create a more effective encapsulation of the thought and all the assumptions and corollaries. This of course is a double edged sword where words can be twisted and failure of detail can cause mistaken association — but I try not to think that telling people something was as beautiful and encompassing as a sky-spanning, scarlet sunset is not unique to myself but can be appreciated by most everyone.
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