Why? Because the same people are writing about the same things they were when I started, with the difference being that we’re all drunk with consulting work so the writing is shittier (or we’ve hired a college student to do it for us), and more people are inserting themselves into the “conversation” to make a quick buck every single day.
I don’t really have the energy or the inclination for a full rant here, but I stumbled upon (and I don’t mean Stumbled Upon) this post by Steve Rubel (who is a friend) and had to at least spew something or other. See, I don’t read Micro Persuasion (or a lot of other blogs) regularly like I used to, and though I’m a fan I’ve never been an avid reader just ’cause I’m not a tech geek. So I just thought I’d check in to see what’s doin’.
So we get Steve saying too many bloggers are writing lazy, boring shit, which they are, and then we have Steve promising to try to do better, which in all probability he simply won’t have time to do, and then we have a bunch of commenters who might as well have written their posts in 2005. Commenters bitching that Steve is ignoring them; commenters kissing Steve’s ass in hopes of some future link love; and even Jeremy Pepper, who still hasn’t tired of his little snipes at Steve after all these friggin’ years.
Does anyone wonder now why I’d prefer to do blog posts about Paris and Lindsay having vag slips in Africa?
I’m like Jack on the bridge in the season finale of Lost last year, only I don’t want to go back to Blog Island. I want to blow up Blog Island.
I think the best thing that could happen to improve the quality of blogging would be to shut down Digg, Techmeme and Twitter; for Google to stop indexing blog content; and for Technorati (even as f’ed up as it already is) to go away,too. Then you’d have people blogging who actually give two shits about what they’re writing.
Today finding worthwhile content online is like looking for the best ballet dancer in a mosh pit. Good luck with that.