Wait, no, I love blogs and blogging!
However several folks in the blog echo-chamber are suggesting correctly that there are problems with this echo-chamber and problems with the many “me too” posts out there by people who want to be in TechMeme or otherwise get linked. I actually think TechMeme’s got it close to right because creator Gabe Rivera has facilited the conversation algorithmically rather than allowing only the “insiders” to decide who is linked to and thus who gets to participate most actively in the tech buzz of the day.
Tech blogging has become something of a mess even though there are advantages to having tech themes discussed ad nauseum in that I’d argue you can shake out the BS faster that way.
Mark Evans has a thoughful post about why he thinks original blog thinking is so rare. I don’t agree that original thinking is hard for most bloggers who tend to be a pretty thoughtful gang, but agree we don’t find enough good thinking on blogs. Why? Because we have created a problematic blog ecosystem that relies on human frailties and short attention spans. I think it’s kind of a “welcome to the human race” thing and is not fixable.
I wrote over there:
I don’t think original thought is all that difficult for many bloggers, rather most people tend to read a combination of groupthink and antagnostic dialog. Thus the most read posts and blogs are not the most thoughtful.
I find that when I venture away from the major tech blogs I find the far more thoughtful posts – yours right here for example.
Ideally there would be a new blog revolution that would aggressively work to reconnect the thousands of new bloggers based on merit and thoughtfulness rather than old links from old sites with old thinking. Sort of a human and algorithmic “revoting” for the best blogs. I wonder how well the old “A list” would fare in that revote?