Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Goodbye, blogs?

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.

-- “Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004”, by Paul Boutin, in Wired

Do you agree? Do we quit blogging now before it becomes, you know, uncool? (Boutin: “[I]f you've already got one, pull the plug.”) Read the whole article first, then come back and share your thoughts here. My own take? Boutin's premise doesn't apply--yet--to our side of the Net. Local blogs haven't even gone mainstream (not radio- and TV-mainstream, anyway, though the real-time online mobilizing in the wake of the Ondoy flooding was a good portent), and the kind of monolithic, industrial-type blogging perfected by The Huffington Post hasn't taken root here. Also, many of us are far too, ah, floridly expressive for the stingy 140-word limit set by Twitter. Paano na lang all those added H's and W's, for example? (“Kain na pow meeh!”) We're a blabbermouth nation; bloggers will blog--while also Twittering and Facebooking.


Brian Shane said...


Knoxxy said...

I do both. :)

Drei said...

good/real writers should maintain their blogs, but twitter is a very good complement to a blog.

Abaniko said...

Wala akong Twitter at Facebook accounts. Di ko sila kailangan. Wala na nga akong time maglinis ng kwarto ko at mamalantsa ng mga damit, magdadagdag pa ako ng sites na aalagaan? Di bale na. :-)

rudeboy said...

Interesting article by Boutin. It complements the recent TIME listing of the 25 Most Popular Blogs, most of which were quasi-commercial endeavors and not really "personal."

I agree with you, though, that his premise isn't applicable to our side of the pond just yet. As a new blogger myself, I've only done just a little bit of blog-hopping, so I can't really give a learned opinion as to whether a HuffPoesque blog already exists on these shores.

But like that other form of antiquated writing - books - we stick with authors whose subjects and styles we like. As for blog authors whose post just go on and on and on...tl;dr.

Thanks again for the interesting post.

reyjr said...

What?! Blogging is old? And just when I am starting to get the hang of it.. lol.

Nah. Boutin makes a good analysis of the current situation for bloggers and the new breed of tweeters - but let's not forget why bloggers blog in the first place. Especially in the Pinas, I think most bloggers still simply blog for their own selves - still a form of self expression - me included.

If only in the Philippines, blogging will be around for quite a while longer. ;)

Delphine said...

Agree. I think there should be blog applications or screening processes before you can make one. Or blog categories kahit 2 types - one for mindless repetition of boring events, let's call them "machine gun blogs", One for famous or academic people (basta accomplished somehow)people other people actually want to hear from, critic blogs, and corporate or academic blogs. meron pa ba? OMG blog civilization. We can't escape the system!

Just so we don't waste so much time sifting through other people's crap when we really need or want something.

ethan h said...

As long as a blog continues to be interesting, then your readers will keep on reading. Who's stop someone from reading another blog about Pinoy theater? It's what you do to keep your readers, Gibbs. Some people find some blogs to be interesting enough to link their FB status to a particular entry worth sharing.

But true, with traditional and online media so numerous and so fragmented, who has time to keep up? Something or some blog has got to give.

zarine said...

"bloggers will blog--while also Twittering and Facebooking."

Word. I'll give up FB first; Twitter's great for easy access to fresh news, while there's just no substitute for blogs for the verbose. FB, I find, is a bit tricky because I use it for a personal network, the majority of which will be alienated and/or bored if I keep on "talking" about stuff I normally write on blogs. So I say they're all good, depending on the kind of audience you're targeting.

citybuoy said...

very thought provoking..

i read the article and i agree with you. it'll take some time before that trend reaches local shores. although blogging isn't the same thing it was in the previous years, i still think we pinoys have been able to manage to keep the grassroots feel to our posts.

as for twitter and other micro-blogs, i don't think anyone can really express themselves fully with a character limit. iba parin ang blog na blog talaga. :D

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