This Is The End My Friend … The End of the Blog that is
This is the end
This is the end
My only friend, the end… source
Lately Blogging Has Become Very Boring. YAWN!
Ok, I’m trying to be serious here so don’t worry this rant will be over tout de suite. Promise. It’s very late right now, I’m tired and frankly feeling a little cranky. So please bear with me as I bang out my frustrations on the keyboard.
Lately when I look around all I can see are more and more social networking sites popping out of the woodwork that are designed for just one thing in mind — to make their shareholders happy and take readers away from my blog.
The great hijacking of the blogosphere so to speak. Instead of feeding their own blog, bloggers are running like sheep over to someone else’s website and giving them all of the control.
Andy Beard recently tore a page right out of the Bloke’s book. He asked the question “Why Have Blogs At All? - The Race To Kill Blogging“.
Hear, hear Andy! He may have had a little tongue in his cheek when he wrote it but as for me I couldn’t agree more.
Social Networks are all the rage now. International corporate big-wigs smell the moola as they salivate over the success of MySpace. Then there was MyBlogLog, Blog Catalogue, Facebook, Mybook, Yourbook (I made those up) and these are only just a drop in the bucket.
The Social Networks appeal to pimply-faced kids who flunked english class and couldn’t write a paragraph even if they wanted to. Their only interest is to complain about their parents, dating and promoting their home-made rap mp3 that they made on their iMac they got from mum and dad.
Then there’s the odd lonely guy and cybernet-stalker (have you seen Dateline lately) who hide behind cute avatars and carefully crafted messages to make themselves more appealing to the youngsters.
Of course we can’t forget the splogpreneurs either (I just made that word up but if the shoe fits) who are only in it for the money and will stoop to any level to get it. It’s all so depressing.
What the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks is going on?
You don’t even need any technical know-how to make a blog anymore. Just fill in a few blanks (or pay someone to do it for you) and there it is. So where’s the challenge?
A-listers buy into it because they know it’s a trend that they just can’t buck (pun intended). Either join the crowd or die.
Robert Scoble (God bless him) is leading the charge because (let’s face it) it provides him with more fodder to feed the Twitter machine and interviews for his podcasts. He couldn’t write all that well anyway, but I still love ya big guy.
Mark my words. The way things are going it won’t be long before we will all be writing our own blog epitaphs.
“Here lie the remains of the Bloke’s blog, who used to blog about blogging … and if you don’t know what the word “blog” means look it up in the Wikipedia archives.”
It’s a sad state of affairs and not one that I’m sure I want to be a part of. The petulant pedantic of a cynic or the sober observations of a realist? You choose.
Then again maybe it was just a piece of bad cheese that I ate. Rant over and goodnight. Peeeeeeeeze!
Further reading: STOP Obsessing Over Social Networks and Get Back to Real Blogging