Time to Kill the Blog?

GunWired magazine says the blog is very 2004. They say Twitter, Flickr and Facebook are the new homes for witty prose. They're suggesting I kill this blog.

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.

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.

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."

I laughed out lout at that last point because it's so damn true.

Wired names high profile bloggers who have retired and claims the personal blog is essentially dead. I've been doing this, whatever this is, for almost six years. I swear the minute it feels like work and isn't fun, I'm done.

In the meantime, I'm going to party like it's 2004.


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James Edgar

If you quit! "Lame. Why don't you just suck McCain's ass."
Is what i'll say. Sadly to myself but I'll say it!

October 21, 2008 @ 6:46 PM

eyebleaf

I'm with you man. 2004 forever.

October 21, 2008 @ 7:34 PM

dale

Keep going - been part of my life for 4 years in a different way.

October 21, 2008 @ 8:41 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

Yeah Mike you know what, its in its out whatever, its a great way to express your thoughts and ideas and who are they to say what is in and out. I have made your blog an every day stop for me I hope you keep doing it for a long time to come. That and seriously, I just started Im only a little over a year old at this, Buffalo Boy Mike is just getting started!

October 21, 2008 @ 10:04 PM

Irvine

Wired is still around? My subscription ran out the same time that newsgroups stopped being popular (I been on the net longer than you, for real).

Blogging just changes names. Long ago, it was called a "diary" but only you could read it. Then HTML came along and your ISP gave you free websites that looked like this http://web.sympatico.ca/~torontomikekicksass

Then, GeoCities came along and you could actually write AND Put up pictures for free. Then blogging came along and misguided wanna be journalists thought "cool" I can make some money off this.

Keep blogging buddy. Nothing will change. Myspace is leaving us, Facebook is boring & something newer will appear. The written word will always exist. Mind you, it helps if you're a woman and you put photos of your boobs up and then do art stuff and pretend people really care.

Back in the day, way back in the day, when "2600" still had meaning, we called it "vapourware".

October 22, 2008 @ 12:50 AM

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