oh, the irony


so a blogger for Wired who also happened to be blogging at that time and got his “dream job” in Wired specifically for BLOGGING is telling every blogger out there to kill their own blogs and go to the Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter Route. Well, one, I already have Facebook and Flickr but not a fan of Twitter. What if you are sleeping then all of a sudden *ring* *ring* “what the fuck I’m trying to sleep, I don’t give a shit on what the hell you are doing.” It’s really a status update for everyone’s cell phone. Here is the original article with my 2 cents. 

Thinking about launching your own blog? Here’s some friendly advice: Don’t. And if you’ve already got one, pull the plug. [Too bad, I’m not pulling it.]

Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter. [folksy self expressions were the xanga days and of course there will always be e-thugs. Do I want to get noticed? not really, this is more for people who like automotive tuning.]

If you quit now, you’re in good company. Notorious chatterbox Jason Calacanis made millions from his Weblogs network. But he flat-out retired his own blog in July. “Blogging is simply too big, too impersonal, and lacks the intimacy that drew me to it,” he wrote in his final post. [Well, if I had millions and was making it rain then of course I would delete mine but I don’t.]

Impersonal is correct: Scroll down Technorati’s list of the top 100 blogs and you’ll find personal sites have been shoved aside by professional ones. Most are essentially online magazines: The Huffington Post. Engadget. TreeHugger. A stand-alone commentator can’t keep up with a team of pro writers cranking out up to 30 posts a day. [Well, those are the professionals as you mentioned but there are blogs out there that you don’t see that takes a while to find.]

When blogging was young, enthusiasts rode high, with posts quickly skyrocketing to the top of Google’s search results for any given topic, fueled by generous links from fellow bloggers. In 2002, a search for “Mark” ranked Web developer Mark Pilgrim above author Mark Twain. That phenomenon was part of what made blogging so exciting. No more. Today, a search for, say, Barack Obama’s latest speech will deliver a Wikipedia page, a Fox News article, and a few entries from professionally run sites like Politico.com. The odds of your clever entry appearing high on the list? Basically zero. [so? if that blog is going to do what its meant to do, then I’ll visit it.] 

That said, your blog will still draw the Net’s lowest form of life: The insult commenter. Pour your heart out in a post, and some anonymous troll named r0rschach or foohack is sure to scribble beneath it, “Lame. Why don’t you just suck McCain’s ass.” That’s why Calacanis has retreated to a private mailing list. He can talk to his fans directly, without having to suffer idiotic retorts from anonymous Jason-haters. [or you can turn off comments plus e-thugs are bored as hell anyway.]

Further, text-based Web sites aren’t where the buzz is anymore. The reason blogs took off is that they made publishing easy for non-techies. Part of that simplicity was a lack of support for pictures, audio, and videoclips. At the time, multimedia content was too hard to upload, too unlikely to play back, and too hungry for bandwidth. 

Social multimedia sites like YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook have since made publishing pics and video as easy as typing text. Easier, if you consider the time most bloggers spend fretting over their words. Take a clue from Robert Scoble, who made his name as Microsoft’s “technical evangelist” blogger from 2003 to 2006. Today, he focuses on posting videos and Twitter updates. “I keep my blog mostly for long-form writing,” he says. [Vlogging and Twittering, not bad except I don’t care what you are up to unless you can come up with something witty with your status.]

Twitter — which limits each text-only post to 140 characters — is to 2008 what the blogosphere was to 2004. You’ll find Scoble, Calacanis, and most of their buddies from the golden age there. They claim it’s because Twitter operates even faster than the blogosphere. And Twitter posts can be searched instantly, without waiting for Google to index them. [Great idea but still not going to change my mind.]

As a writer, though, I’m onto the system’s real appeal: brevity. Bloggers today are expected to write clever, insightful, witty prose to compete with Huffington and The New York Times. Twitter’s character limit puts everyone back on equal footing. It lets amateurs quit agonizing over their writing and cut to the chase. @WiredReader: Kill yr blog. 2004 over. Google won’t find you. Too much cruft from HuffPo, NYT. Commenters are tards. C u on Facebook? [LOL WUT? 2004? Blogging might have started around 04 ish but there are several OGs out there that you aren’t aware of that started blogging before the term blog ever came along. i.e. SileightyMania. I don’t care if Google doesn’t find me. You fail to realize that some blogs might have sappy writing or what not but there are also blogs that blog on subculture. It doesn’t matter what you’re into, I’m sure there will be a blog about that and I don’t want to see that killed.]

Paul Boutin (paul@valleywag.comis a correspondent for the Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag.


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