Rewriting (or competing with) the Wall Street Journal isn’t why I started blogging back in 2000. I started blogging because I wanted to share my life with you
Okay, this is a really long article, even by Scoble standards, but it’s worth a read, even if you don’t (and you won’t) agree with everything he has to say. What he’s talking about is taking blogging back to it’s humble beginnings where everything was still new and exciting. In some respects, I think we may just have to accept the fact that blogging has grown up. Just like any other product or idea, blogging has matured significantly in the decade or so it’s been around. In the real world, maturing means that it becomes concerned with business and funding and all the other things that come with the territory.
On the other hand, part of the soul of what blogging is has to do with the excitement of sharing something new. I can understand that. I spend countless kilobytes searching new web-based applications that I post about here or over at eHub. (or just bookmark and hope that I have time to explore them later.) It’s exciting for me; it’s like a real-life treasure hunt.
I’ve been doing a fair amount of reflecting lately on the amount of time I spend in the various aspects of my life. Blogging takes up a lot of my time. Most of that time is research, something that I enjoy. I really pressed myself to answer the question, “Why do I blog?” The timing of Scoble’s post is oddly coincidental, because the only answer that I came up with was because it excites me to find new things and share them.
So, back to Scoble’s question. Has tech blogging failed? Has it’s maturity pulled it beyond reach of the excitement factor that Scoble talks about? Personally, I think that you need both sides if blogging is to continue as a viable means of communication. We’ll always need the ‘big box’ blogs like TechCrunch or Mashable! that are out there to scoop the Wall Street Journal’s tech editors. We (bloggers) will always turn to them first for tech news. ‘Big Box’ blogs clear the way for little one’s like Matt’s Cuppa that are out there just because tech is an exciting place to be.
Just a final note, be sure to read the comments. Well, maybe not all gazillion of them, but there is some good conversation following the post.
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