Do Blog Networks Offer Value to the Blogosphere?
Recently an InstaBLOKE reader naveen made the following comment after my rant on blog networks yesterday:
a common reader doesn’t care if any blog is a part of a blog network or not. This is one of the biggest flaws of current blog networks model. Currently they offer no incentive to the readers.
Naveen currently writes for a blog network and I think his comment is a valid one.
It got me thinking about the blog networks in general. The reason that I’m so fixated on blog networks lately is because I recently applied to join the 9rules Network and it’s forced me to reflect on my intentions for doing so.
So I would like to pose the question out there… do the Blog Networks offer any real value to the blogosphere? (I’m speaking about the blogosphere in general here — not just the networks).Or are they just a bunch of self-serving opportunists out to make a fast buck and looking for the big buyout?
In other words, who really benefits? Or perhaps you might think that the issue is entirely moot and this says it all?
Personally I’m in a quandary over this. The only value that I can see is to the greed of individual blogpreneurs and not to the benefit of the blogosphere in general. Not that making money is a bad thing, but I’m not certain if carving up the blogosphere into more a- (b) or (c) lists is necessarily a good thing either.
Do we really need more elitists and big business in the blogosphere? And where will that leave the rest of us commoners? Just readers on the outside looking in?
Then again, every media seems to have its moguls who want to control a bigger piece of the pie. It seems that the blogosphere is no exception.
We are living in interesting times. I would really love to hear what you think about it so please leave us your thoughts.