Spectral Hours Ghost Days

Jill Walker Rettberg.

To really understand blogs, you need to read them over time. Following a blog is like getting to know someone, or like watching a television series. […] A blog consists of more than words and images. It cannot be read simply for its writing, but is the sum of writing, layout, connections and links and the pace of publication.

Time Stamp Fiction

In short, it helps to consider timestamps as cueing devices. Timestamps begin to make sense in a series. […]

The book Kari recommends has some very suggestive divisions. Revolution in Time is divided into three parts : Finding Time, Keeping Time, Making Time. This threesome might also provide an analogy for the psychosocial aspects of those timestamps you are studying in relation to the practice of blogging. Initially they assist the blog writer (and readers) in marking the phases of an intentional practice of recurring composition. Blogging once a day in the morning or in the evening etc. The ritual becomes incorported hence finding time — the hour of the timestamp is key. Keeping Time — the timestamp helps organize the archive and retrieve entries. The day and month of the timestamp are key. Making Time — timestamps become labels for a number of traversals through a blog […]


Blog entries are often time stamped and dated. It is assumed by many readers that the displayed time stamp corresponds to event of composition. However the resourceful author could be publishing from a store of pre-written texts. As well, time stamps can be fudged for a variety of purposes. […] If accounting is to telling, could collecting be to accessing? In a sense blogging is a redistributive activity. By playing with the partitions, the user, be they writer, reader or viewer, affect the nature of redistributive activity. […] Gives new expression to the phrase “blogging on borrowed time.”


Blog as TARDIS

Any room can become a time machine. A lesson taught to us by reading Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams.

First series of never ending looks future-wards 1, 2, 3, …
Then as I child I learnt of integers and the doubleness of lines … -3, -2, -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, …
And then the numbers between 3.2, 3.3, … 4.0

Each day then has many more than 24 hours.
It has mine, yours and theirs.
There are hours within hours.
Work. Series. Work.

And so for day 383
31.12.07 23:59
01.01.08 00:01

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