Saturday, February 28, 2015

What Blogging Has Become

A character by name of "Robinson Meyer" has an article posted in The Atlantic [LinK] which is more B.S. than anything else. As my friend and fellow-blogger Enemy Kombatant once wrote, "think of a college or high-school kid writing a paper and just loading it with extra verbiage after doing little or no actual research."
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Robinson thinks old-school blogs no longer exist as a viable medium - or maybe are no longer popular. Very wrong on both counts...

No comprende! This guy has no sense of the power of "the old school." He, like many others, doesn't understand that the idea of what defines a "blogger" was overtaken by mass-media circa 2008. These days, a blogger can be anyone who puts up a blog*spot, WordPress, tumblr or WEBPAGE and deposits content. But hard-core webloggers or 'diarists' are still out there, doing what they always did, operating under the general 'radar.'

ASIDE: Look at The Atlantic. From the top-left corner of the webpage where it beckons one to "Get The Atlantic on Facebook" to the navbar to the sidebar loaded with ads and links to the 'comments' area, it LOOKS like a traditional old-school two-column blog. MainstreamMedia HIJACKED the blog concept. Then there are those 'bot' content-scrapers who crank out splogs and further confuse folks. Reminds me of the time Technorati, once highly-respected in the blogsophere, jumped the shark by declaring that "MySpace pages are blogs." T-rati went down the drain and we all know MySpace went down the toilet.

To a great extent, thousands of people who might otherwise have been bloggers have taken to facebook, where, within groups and closed groups, they're essentially blogging to the same people they would have been hoping to reach on any of the traditional blogging platforms, only now, they have a 'captive' audience that regularly checks in and out and on them from time to time. I myself have a presence on the sopcial network, albeit a very closed, immensely private one, I also share pictures on Pinterest (often via facebook). Through all, I have kept my blogs going, and they are going strong, thank-you!

There are MANY "real bloggers" out there, like Xiaxue (Wendy Cheng), and some who will even lay down thier lives to blog. I still get a chuckle when I see those old articles from 2006 or so proclaiming "blogging is being replaced by vlogging," which never happened.

This is my 6697th article on blog*spot, the platform. I have been writing and posting to since the early 2000s (before Google acquired it). My blog represents the oldest and the newest features of what any respectable blog would or should or hope to incorporate. I have a small dedicated personal audience, but my material is available to anyone, anywhere in the world. Thre are many links, a blogroll of sorts, a few ads... I share things personal and professional, as well as news articles and commentary. The blog has served as a "sharpener" of my writing skills.

Anti-bloggers got a huge shot-in-the-arm when that nut Andrew Sullivan made an 'announcement,' something about closing down his blog. Nobody cares, not real bloggers or their readers, anyway. If you don't think real bloggers still have a voice, read this.

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