Everytime i come up with a post i seem to preface it with non-exhaustive excuses reasons for my long absence prior to it. This time i’ve returned from preparing and performing a concert piece (this guy plays it abit differently at the last 2 movements though) that completely bitchslapped me till the end. In fact it bitchslapped me so much that i’ve suffered 1 purple finger and 1 strained tendon for it. To counteract the dry spell, i’ll ignore the fact that i have a Xam’d backlog and do this Team Blue RR instead. Most participants have already contributed greatly to the RR, so i’ll just add my pathetically short thoughts here.

First off, i think ‘team blogging’ is a rather pointless issue to discuss in relation to altering the surface of the moon blogosphere due to one operative pitfall. As lelangir on Impz’s post puts forth,

Realize that it doesn’t take a team blog to do team blogging. We’re so caught up in the farce of centralized content that we forget about the significance of the author which is not an inert entity.

To pick from accessible examples, don’t RRs constitute team blogging too (albeit in a delayed way)? If you think about it, most team blogs when broken apart are basically individual writing clumped into one big, central, accessible site. Although i should mention that THAT has put a new twist on the term by doing stuff like this and this and you get the idea. In a remoter context, perhaps that epic over 9000 meaningless words might qualify as well. The ‘team’ in ‘team blogging’ is the operative word, and anyone may choose to execute it pretty much however he likes, in whatever possible interpretation he chooses to see it.

That said, there has to be criteria that fits the word ‘team’. Let’s see what cyberworld’s lexical souces have to say about the word:

A team comprises a group of people or animals linked in a common purpose. Teams are especially appropriate for conducting tasks that are high in complexity and have many interdependent subtasks. A group in itself does not necessarily constitute a team. Teams normally have members with complementary skills and generate synergy through a coordinated effort which allows each member to maximize his or her strengths and minimize his or her weaknesses. (Wikipedia)

A number of persons associated together in work or activity (Merriam-Webster)

A cooperative unit (Wordnet, citations)

And last but not least, my favorite one from Urban Dictionary:

Together Everyone Achieves More

It is evident enough from these definitions that an element of cohesiveness is required to earn the word ‘team’. Which leads me back to the first article i quoted back at the beginning (lelangir and Impz), they do the dissection reasonably well enough so i’ll let you read it in peace.

You can probably see by now that doing anything more on this note will descend either into continuum fallacy or dichotomy, so i won’t.