I think I’m too lazy to start the blog revolution some of us were carping about last year, but I hope somebody else does it.
Update: Jim Kukral says the Revolution is over! I think he’s way too optimistic.
Marshall has a thoughful post about some of the issues surrounding tech blogging and the challenges of surfacing new voices within a system that increasingly seems to center on a handful of good blogs again and again rather than helping bring more attention to the *best* writing on a given topic.
I replied over there:
Marshall thanks for a thoughtful post. Although I think “A list” blogs are generally very good, I think ranking and commercial issues are keeping a *lot* of quality writing from surfacing. Huge search engine advantages are enjoyed by blogs with extensive incoming links.
Links can be a pretty good and democratic measure of what users want, but with so many A list blogs using very strategic linking, combined with so many “wannabe” blogs linking to existing A lists, combined with A listers rarely linking to even the best writing of others for competitive and commercial reasons, the system is probably no longer working well to bring new voices into the mix.
Solutions? Aggregators like FriendFeed should surface more new writers and content proactively rather than defaulting as they have. A listers should commit to featuring new voices much more regularly, and new voices should find a way to band together so the best writing – rather than the best linking and strategy and commercial cleverness – tends to prevail.
Being a “mixed bag”, non-tech, with no niche, I hardly expect that I would ever rank in an ‘A List’ but I do know that if I want to watch cute dog/cat YouTube ~ I go to YouTube.
If I want to read random personal articles, stories or opinions, I surf the blogs.
If I want reliable news ~ I go to reliable sources (some of which are blogs)
What I don’t like is blogs that contain hardly any original writing. I’ve seen too many that simply go out and take the first couple of paragraphs from a New York Times article, then offer a mere couple of sentences with their opinion and a link to the original article.
To me, this is not blogging. It is plagiarizing.