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December 31, 2005

seven Year-end thoughts on blogging

Now is the time to reflect upon the past year and predict what the new year will bring. Some people are writing shrewd, profound, intellectual treatises on blogging and what blogging will become in the future.

I wanted to write something like this, but I don't do shrewd, profound, intellectual stuff here. I just throw dung at the wall and see what sticks. So, here's my handful of crap on this subject.

1) Blogging is here to stay, but it ain't gonna stay the same. A growing audience exists and some people are making money off their blogs now. That's a good thing for the people making money off their blogs, but it's NOT a good thing for blogdom, in MY humble opinion. Once people start blogging for money or forming elite "clubs," the rip-snorting independence that first attracted me to blogging is gone. (See my Top 10 Assholes of 2005 for more on this subject.)

2) Blogging is more work than most people think it is. If you don't believe me, just look at the number of blogs, even popular ones, that fold after a while. Try it yourself. It ain't as easy as it looks.

3) 90% of blogs are pure shit and 90% of blogs will CONTINUE to be pure shit no matter how many people start blogging. (As I said before, it ain't as easy as it looks.) But even shitty blogs have their place in blogdom, unless the elite "clubs" eventually manage to choke them off. (Or to make them members. From what I see of PJM, for example, you can run a pure shit blog and still be "elite" if you kiss the right asses.)

4) Some of the best blogs I read have fewer than 300 visitors per day. I admire those writers. They blog for pleasure, not profit. To me, THEY are what makes blogdom a special place. I fear that, like Mom and Pop grocery stores, they will vanish when WalMart Blog moves in.

5) You should join the Axis of Asshole if you simply MUST join a blog-club. Just because. You won't get paid, you won't get any cool links from Tall Dog bloggers and you won't become famous. It's a totally useless, inane thing to do. That's why I joined.

6) Blogging has fringe benefits that aren't monetary. I've seen people get married because of their blogs. But don't let that fact frighten you. I myself simply got laid a few times because of MY blog. That's a damn good reason to blog--- one hell of a lot better than any silly, "I'm gonna change the WORLD!" bullshit. Try it yourself. Say "I'm gonna CHANGE THE WORLD with my blog." Then say, "I'm gonna GET LAID with my blog." Which one seems most likely? Which one would motivate YOU to blog? I rest my case.

7) Did I say SEVEN thoughts? Fuck! What was I thinking? I'm completely out of profound things to say after just six, assuming that those six WERE profound, which is assuming a lot. That'll teach me to write the title of the post before I write the post.

See? Blogging is EASY!


Well hell, that was pretty darn profound to me and I've been around to some of the bigger, so-called more popular blogs but they do nothing for me. I stick around here where I'm comfy and I like it :) I'm anxiously awaiting the top ten assholes by the way - a "new" New Year's tradition...

Posted by: Lisa on December 31, 2005 08:07 PM

90% of blogs are pure shit and 90% of blogs will CONTINUE to be pure shit no matter how many people start blogging.

The story goes that the (late) science fiction writer Theodore Sturgeon was once accosted at a party by an oaf who declared, "Ninety percent of science fiction is crap!"

Sturgeon replied without a pause, "Ninety percent of everything is crap."

The story may not be true, but the punchline is. Ninety percent of everything is crap. Unfortunately that includes the criteria (and the people) for deciding which is which :-) The only way to discover which is crap and which falls into the golden 10% is to let it come out and experience it.

Only one out of ten blogs is worth your time. But if you don't read all ten of them, your chance of finding the good one is essentially nil.


Posted by: Ric Locke on December 31, 2005 10:26 PM

I think you hit most of the REAL stuff on the head there A-man. But, in my humble opinion, I think the mom and pop blogs will survive. The "BIG" elite "clubs" will, like disco, run their course then go away.
It will be the "little guys" who do it for themselves, and ask for no support, that will keep plugging away, churning up the dust for the faithful that hang around.

Ask no quarter, and give none. Sail the course.

Like some of the bikers creeds: Live to blog; blog to live. (ride) Blog hard and die free.

Same spirit.

Posted by: Wichi Dude on December 31, 2005 11:20 PM

Can't knock the fringe benefits, I married my hottest blog fan and couldn't be happier. I don't care what people think about my blog anymore, I do it for me. She was my paycheck, everything else is just a bonus.

Posted by: Sean on January 4, 2006 04:44 PM
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