Digesting The 5 Major Blog Groups
I’m going to be honest with you. Lately I’ve been suffering from Post-Blogging Depression and Indigestion. I think the two are related but only my Dr. can be sure.
Let me explain… sometimes when I surf the blogosphere I can really get down and even angry at times. Why? Because I see so little original content out there, reading my newsfeeds can seem like a waste of time.
This has been happening a lot lately as I mend from my health issues so I’m going to let you know how I personally see the state of the blogosphere as it stands today.
I’m seeing basically five types of bloggers out there:
1. Personal/Online Diary Blogs.These are great and represent the largest group of bloggers out there. They give us insight into the global village and in my opinion are the purest of all bloggers. They are what blogging is (supposed to be) really all about and are exempt from this rant. Unfortunately, some a-listers also sarcastically refer to them as the “Noise“.
2. Those who suck-up and echo the a-lister’s rants, linking to them in the hope of getting their attention.
They merely summarize what has already been said and are the reason why the blogosphere has come to be known as the great Echosphere.
3. Those who copy information from the internet and change it a little to pass it off as their own.
These people are internet scrapers more than anything else. They Google around searching for keywords according to their niche, dusting off old faq files and archives with a bit of spit and polish to bait you into reading their blog and click on their ads.
There are many so-called a-listers (and wannabees) that fit into this group. I don’t include news or information blogs in this group because they provide fresh content and always (hopefully) link to their sources.
4. Those who visit the local library or dust off old school books and pass it off as their own material.
Amateur pseudo-intellectuals and psych 101 rejects who merely echo the original thinkers out there. This information is readily available for anyone who cares to look. Try as they may to pass themselves off as experts, well-read folk like myself aren’t fooled. There’s nothing original here either. Just ask Tony Robbins.
5. Then there are the original thinkers who provide new and compelling content for their readers.
These bloggers work hard at creating or sourcing original content, but it seems they are so few and far between that it can really get me down. Sigh!
Please forgive me for my candor but that’s how I see it. Am I the only one who’s suffering from blog indigestion? Tell me it ain’t so. I’m so depressed.
Are you an original thinker?
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