a narrator who tells nothing
Blogs are similar to epistolary narratives in that they are episodic and serial, told in a series of almost-real-time fragments (or in the case of fiction, fragments presented as though they were written in real time) rather than as a whole told after something worth of narration has occurred. Going through notes in DEVONthink I found a quote about epistolary narratives which is rather fitting for blogs:
Cette position temporelle, qui rend le narrateur contemporain de ce quíil raconte, tend ‡ faire de la narration líaction elle-mÍme. . . . Líinstrument Èpistolaire permet de concevoir un narrateur qui ne reconterait rien, qui níaurait díautre objet que sa propre rÈdaction et líeffet de celle-ci sur lui mÍme ou sur autrui. [this temporal position, which makes the narrator contemporary with what he is telling, tends to make the narration itself into the action . . . The epistolary instrument makes it possible to imagine a narrator who would tell nothing, who would have no other object than his own writing and its effect on himself or others.] (Jean Rousset, Narcisse romancier, 60. Qtd. in MacArthur, Extravagant Narratives: Closure and Dynamics in the Epistolary Form. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton UP. 1990. 13)
This makes me think not only of the idea that a research blog doesn’t document research but rather performs or is research, but that perhaps this imaginary narrator who would tell nothing is actually present in many blogs?