A forest of bloggers

You may not have a seen the memo on this. There's a forest out there. I know there's no redundancy, inter-dependency and self-regeneration inside the silo, factory, firewall or policy guidelines. That does not mean the forest does not exist outside. Every blogger is an outsider like a tree in a forest.

A silo cannot afford to maintain a forest on the inside. Forests cost too much and overextend the limited resources of the silo. There are too many trees, too many roots, too many branches and too many leaves or pine needles. All that redundancy costs a huge fortune. Activities inside the silo cannot support such extravagance.

If forests were efficient, they'd be affordable to a silo. Instead of a ridiculous number of leaves, there could be one or two solar collectors. Instead of every tree creating an absurd number of seeds, there could be one tree reproduction facility per forest. Rather than each tree responding to the conditions of the forest, a change response team could intervene when tress got in trouble. A few branches could handle the territory. When the solar collector went down, the forest could tell non-essential trees to stay in furlough. When the changes over-taxed the response team, the trees could go on hold until a solution was delivered by the specialists.

The staggering redundancy of tree components is supported by the trees and forest because these components are contributors. They give what is needed in greater quantity than they take to sustain themselves. They bring simplicity of operations into the equation with the redundancy. Their demands are small and few. Their contributions are essential, timely and balanced. Problems are resolved inter-dependently. The network does it's thing.

Unlike forests, silos harbor dependent parasites. Silo components take more than they give. Silos are always on the brink of collapse because their components defy self-sustaining designs. The replication of silo components breed more consuming without more supplying. What it takes to keep the silo going is very costly within the confines of the disconnected system. Redundancy has to be eliminated to sustain the parasitic components. Isolation from networks is essential to control the near-collapse. The networking of parasites keeps the growth of the silo in check. Functioning in opposition, a tenuous equilibrium is realized with vicious cycles.

Fourteen million active blogs. Seventy nine million total blogs. Blogging looks like a forest to me. There's a staggering redundancy and simplicity of contributors. Watch us provide nutrients for growth, convert one form of understanding into another, replicate our functionality naturally and distribute seeds of change across vast landscapes. Please continue as you were.


  1. And some forests can become complex, interdependent systems with much activity below the surface. From the Wikipedia entry on Aspens:

    "All the aspens (including White Poplar) typically grow in large colonies derived from a single seedling, and spreading by means of root suckers; new stems in the colony may appear at up to 30–40 m from the parent tree. Each tree only lives for 40–150 years above ground, but the root system of the colony is long-lived, in some cases for many thousands of years, sending up new trunks as the older trunks die off above ground. For this reason it is considered to be an indicator of ancient woodlands. One such colony in Utah, given the nickname of "Pando", is claimed to be 80,000 years old, making it possibly the oldest living colony."

  2. Thanks for adding to this forest metaphor Harold. The prolonged connectedness of roots reminds me of being one eternal spirit :-)