Wired.com writer Paul Boutin recently wrote an article in the entertainment/web section about how blog writing is so 2004. He says that:
Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. 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.
I found myself nodding a little because I too have seen too many blogs that are more inclined to echo the hype about something great, something awesome or something to buy. There’s a place for that, I know. But sometimes I sense it isn’t just right. Like if I use something and I blog about it, i believe that’s pure. But if I write something and say it’s great but haven’t tried it, well there’s the rub. But in the same breath I’d say too that I’ve read blogs that are deep, well thought of, sharing true-blue useful stuff.
If you want to start blog writing, go ahead. Easier to setup now than way back 2004. Write for others or write for yourself or for your community, your choice. Just be aware that readers sense what your stuff is really about. And are wise to dismiss you with a click. We are all just a click away.
I like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr too by the way.
Is blogging sooo 2004 for you? Tell me, tell me, tell me…