Doug has a lot of “theories” of the tin-foil hat variety that he knows I ignore. He also has a very accurate grasp of the big picture when it comes to technology and those who use it. Bloggers usually falls under one of three style categories. WYSIWYG bloggers let it all hang out. They blog as themselves and with their own ideas and feelings. When you meet them in public, you recognize them instantly. Filtered bloggers carefully let only specific aspects of their life or personality be seen in their blog. This is the category of most bloggers. You only THINK that you know everything about them. The last group are the cowardly bloggers. They hide behind anonymous to spew vile and hate. They build themselves up by stepping on others.
Doug believes we are now beginning a wave of Steven Colbert bloggers. Bloggers who assume carefully crafted personalities. He explains this theory with his usual prolixious style that leaves you believing but slightly confused. An important phrase to remember when communicating with Doug – “again in English please.” Character bloggers sound colorful and fun at first, but there is a slimy feeling of dishonesty about it that makes me uncomfortable. The rules of the game are changing as it’s being played. Hold on tight.