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Are Blogs Boring .. Old School?

In Defense of the Blog:

So there I was reading this article (below) about blogging. It brings up a lot of good points about blogs that have been laying heavy on my heart, so I included most of the post.

Besides, it makes for great conversation so after you finish reading please jump in and leave a comment ’cause that’s what it’s all about:

.. “with all the talk that I am hearing about Facebook, twitter, tumblr and even amplify, I have to say the arguments against blogging is becoming louder and louder. Does this trouble me? Yes and no!

The fact is not everyone should blog. Yes I said it … Not everyone should blog! The simple ( is anything that simple?) fact there was a huge increase of blogs being created back between the years of 2004 -2008, by people aspiring to be writers and then there were the marketers who went..wow another way to advertise and created so many blogs they even forgot how many they had, didn’t know how to do anything and generally made a mess of things. Thank goodness a lot of them just left their “empty” neon signs by the wayside and went back to their traditional forms of advertising ( clean up crew anyone?)

The fact is for anyone to have a successful blog, one must have a niche ( a nice fancy name for a specialized topic) and be able to stick with it day in and day out. Everything else they do has the one intent…bringing people to their one focus - their blog. That is the bare bones to the “successful” blog but there is an added component that is not often talked about, the “love affair” that a person has with their blog (topic/niche). I have a friend who loves sports, it is his whole life and lives it, breathes it every single day. For him creating a blog on sports was and has been a natural extension to what he loves to do and as a result he never tires about writing and researching his favorite topic. To him, blogging will never become boring.

For many of us, that is not the case and yet we like being able to share with others, different things or topics and indeed we do like the instant gratification to being able to talk to others about what we have found, thus we are never bored. We give fancy names such as micro blogging, macro blogging, (LOL) amping etc. and yet when we come right down to it what are we really doing - we are communicating. By the way did you know there is now an email based form of publishing or is that blogging ..um email blogging (?) called jotpress, where you can share your thoughts using your email?

Regardless of the name you want to use the art of communication will never be boring as long as there are people who have something to say.” Source

And this is my response:

All good points there Diane and I so agree with that last sentence, but the blog apologist in me needs to add my two cents.

It seems to me those who don’t have a real blog or understand it’s benefits are social media dabblers and not interested in the work that a real blog requires. Their aim is to get what they can get out of the technology rather than investing something into it.

That’s Ok I suppose but it’s the phony marketer “experts” that get my back up. They don’t have a clue.

Those who are quick to dismiss blogs as passé don’t appreciate the fact that all social media has evolved from blogging technology.

But it has evolved at an expense because social media sites are pale comparisons to the real thing. Facebook for example is trying desperately to recreate a pseudo-blogging environment.

Why? Because they know Blogs are the ultimate marketing tool, but the fact remains Facebook will never catch up to or be better than real blogs no matter how hard it tries.

Social Media like Twitter are Ok for what they do but it will only be a small part of the blogging mix and ultimately Blogs are the standard that all others are measured.

Insofar as a blog “love affair” goes, that would apply to me. I really do love the technology and take great pride improving and nurturing my blog. I find it rewarding to do all of the work myself and not outsource it to someone else like the so-called ‘pro’ bloggers do.

I love the technical challenge that blogging provides, stretching myself and learning new things. Either you have it in you or you don’t.

Above all, I love to share my knowledge with others. It is so rewarding.

As a blog pioneer I have contributed in my own small way to it’s evolution. When I started there were no RSS newsfeeds for blogs. I coded my own XML from scratch and gave away a free ebook showing others how to make an RSS feed for their blog.

Now of course RSS is everywhere.

There’s no question Blogging/Social Media is the ultimate communication platform. But blogging is so much more than just for communicating or something to exploit for personal gain.

For me blogging is about giving, helping, learning, creating, nurturing and contributing to a technology that I dearly love.

Am I just old school?

Well then answer me this. Could I have written a lucid, comprehensive article like this just using social media? Somehow I don’t think so.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think? Tell me if you still love the Blog. Or is it just (yawn) boring and old school?

Written July 8th, 2010 by | 42 Comments | Filed under: Blog Tips, Favourite Blog Tips, Social Media Tips , , , ,

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There are 42 Comments so far to “Are Blogs Boring .. Old School?”

  1. oh my! Not my most intelligent comment …LOL… but oh my!

    When I wrote this post this morning, I had been reading about many things ( a habit of mine) and when I came across an amp about another argument against blogging and then really started reading comments of others, other peoples point of view via articles etc., it popped into my head the title ” blogging is boring” - to many people. Its either too much work, takes too much time and of course not getting that instant high of people responding right away all conspire against a lot of people. But then there are those other people such as yourself, my friend Walt and so many others who have that passion, that drive and that will to be their own publishers and have their own blog.

    I stand by what I said that not everyone should blog, just as not everyone should be a mechanic and that’s OK also.

    You know, after I hit the publish button when I did that amp, I thought of something else to say, but as a person I know says to me all the time… LOL… Diane stay on the point and dont make it to lengthy, so I didn’t add it in at that time, but if you don’t mind I will now :-)

    To me there are many forms of communicating on the net:

    1. Facebook and Twitter are great mediums to just share a casual conversation, share pictures or other such things. They can be so useful in getting the word out on what you are doing, but for depth, then I will always question them.

    2. Amplify, Tumblr are fantastic ways to share what you find and to me are closer to having that depth of perspective but done in a community format, which has many advantages but are also limited in what they can do, especially in regards to owning a business or being a blog owner.

    3. Blogging is still the purest form of online communication where you are the master/mistress of your own domain ( pun intended). Through the communication of blogs, people have changed other peoples lives, have helped others make better choices, have been arrested for saying what they believe and have made people laugh.

    Now before I am told to shush.. I will end with what you just said, Blogging is “giving, helping, learning, creating, nurturing and contributing to a technology” you love.

    Thank you for replying to me here on your blog, to me that is an honor and very appreciated

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:02 am said...

    @blogneta (Diane Bjorling), I’ll keep it simple then … well said. Or like I’ve said before … blogs are to intellectuals as social media is to barflies ;-)

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  2. I think a blog should have a niche - but not necessarily - but bloggers should post what they can write about best.

    The best niche is what’s in your own brain - the challenge is putting it all down as a consistent stream of posts that everyone will enjoy reading - and I’ve come across such blogs - especially those who are recounting their family history - and picking out one particular family member as comic relief.

    But for those like me - who tend to be all over the place, micro blogging can fit their needs.
    They don’t have to have a posterous or a tumblr account - you can even set up your wordpress that way.
    - but the fact not many people still understand the point of microblogging is the problem.

    - No twittering is not microblogging

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 9:54 am said...

    @Jaffer, I’ve said time and again it is important to have a niche IF you are blogging for business or have a specific topic for your blog and targeting keywords to rank well in the SERPS. But if you are just a personal blogger and interested in a multitude of topics like yourself then a niche is basically moot.

    I don’t buy into the buzzword terms such as “micro” blogging because it seems to me it really all comes down to how much time and work you want to invest in blogging. Posterous and Tumblr appeal to those who want something really simple and don’t care about the bells and whistles or SEO benefits that a robust platform like Wordpress provides.

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  3. Well one things for sure. No way would of you been able to write this without a true blog.

    @ Jaffer can wordpress import posterous? I really like Posterous for the Anylytics and feedburner options it gives.

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    Reply by: Curtis at 11:12 am said...

    @Curtis, I found WP does import Posterous blogs.

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  4. Very nicely written by both of you. Obviously I tend to believe that blogs are the best way to get one’s message across, whether one is in it for the money or just for the aspect of communication. What Twitter offers people is instant conversation; I don’t mind that. What Facebook offers is a neat way to waste a lot of time.

    The people who proclaim blogging is dead don’t have a clue. I can’t see it going away because there are enough of us who have been doing it long enough to want to continue. Sure, there are many who have started and flamed out, but even Twitter only has a participation rate of 7%, and most groups on Facebook are dead, even though people don’t drop out of them all that often.

    We’re here to stay; viva la blog!

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 4:56 pm said...

    @Mitch .. “What Facebook offers is a neat way to waste a lot of time.”

    Love it!

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  5. @Mitch_M “What Facebook offers is a neat way to waste a lot of time.” Love it! http://www.blogbloke.com/blogs-boring-ol...

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    Reply by: Mitch_M at 6:32 am said...

    @BLOGBlokeTips Thanks; love telling it like it is sometimes

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    Reply by: BLOGBlokeTips at 6:34 am said...

    @Mitch_M .. that you do

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  6. Well, you could have publish this on Amplify instead so you would have got more interaction on it ;)

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 1:44 pm said...

    @Svartling, maybe I’ll clip it.

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  7. I love blogging and I love writing about my niche. I am doing the research for my own benefit anyway, so I am just sharing it with others who do not have the time to read books like I do. I tried twitter, but I just do not feel like I am making an impact from my tweets. It is also hard express yourself in 140 characters or less.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 9:12 am said...

    @asithi, think of Twitter as a marketing tool for your blog.

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  8. The heirarchy is: blogs are for writers and professionals, tweets are for people with ADHD, Facebook is for married people trying to find their high school crushes…

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 2:55 am said...

    @Dave, couldn’t have said it better myself :-)

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    Reply by: Dave at 8:30 am said...

    Always fun to visit the Blokester. Great comments too.

    I play on facebook. I know all my friends over there. I thought about a page to promote my blogs but chickened out. I use network blogs over there but nobody pays any attention. I get most of my traffic thru search engines.

    I just have to be content with writing witty status updates and getting a few “likes”

    Twitter is so busy it’s crazy… I just can’t keep up with it. Some people #tweet and #retweet and #followback and @link about a #pointless subject. It’s hard to read all of that #RT stuff. Huh?

    This one person can dominate the entire feed when I log into the site. Uh.. Here’s my new post… See ya later twitters.

    When I met a girl who is making 65K a year posting pictures of celebrities and asking “is she looking fat” I decided to start a new blog and quit my day job. I have only made 80 bucks. LOL I should have went with celebrities instead of silly opinions.

    So, here I am… Just doing it for the fun of it again.

    OK… I could keep rambling but I need to head over to the free dating sites and chase chicks. Those are the worst of all of it. They don’t even allow me to promote my blogs. Wassup with those guys…This is Web 2.0 right?

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 1:18 am said...

    @Dave, LOL! Always glad to hear from you too Dave. Have fun chasing the cyber chicks.

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    Reply by: Curtis at 5:17 am said...

    @Dave, Who can keep up with twitter? I find it hard sometimes just keeping up reading tweets from people I follow.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 10:39 am said...

    @Curtis, good point Curtis. Studies have shown we humans can only socialize with a small group of people, and it’s no different in the virtual world either. Just because we have tools that enable us to track of a large volume of followers doesn’t mean we can effectively “socialize” with all of them.

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    Reply by: Jaffer at 12:01 pm said...

    @BLOGBloke, You are right - and there’s where twitter lists come in. I love that feature. I don’t need to ‘follow’ someone just to track what they are up to and not talk with them - I just put them on a list.

    It is obvious why I have a large share of people on list compared to the number of people I actually follow and talk with.

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    Reply by: BLOGBloke at 1:22 pm said...

    @maniar, another good point Jaffer. That’s why I have a “conversation” and “a-team” list so that I can keep track of my closest online friends .. like you for example. :-)

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  9. A niche not only makes it more interesting for the readers, but gives the author a much needed focus - narrowing down the topics. I really liked this article - and you’re right, it wouldn’t have translated into a Twitter or FB comment!!!

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    Reply by: BB at 3:07 am said...

    @SeattleCounselor, a blog “gives the author a much needed focus - narrowing down the topics” .. good point

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  10. What a Great Post, I Really appreciated what your write.. Thanks For Sharing Ya blogboke,

    I look forward to more posts look like this..

    Follow Your Blog :)

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    Reply by: BB at 3:03 am said...

    @Kpop Flash, thanks … and I will

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  11. Old school are the best :D

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  12. I sure hope blogging is not dead. I’m just getting started. :)

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    Reply by: Blog Bloke (BB) at 8:59 pm said...

    That’s the spirit!

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