Today I love blogs and the 2.0

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This is a related post for my previous writing about social media services and blogs.

I found this site Alltop which is a portal to blogs, through one of my news feeds I like to read from chrisbrogan.com, and now I feel excellent and think that the whole concept of social web is absolutely magnificent and will make the world a better and more informative and open place.

So, why I now think blogs are good?

The biggest reason is, they are mostly of something specific and they have been written by an individual interested on that specific area. OK, that’s not always 100% true, everyone has heard about the casual fake bloggers working in an advertising agency and keeping a blog for the wrong reasons. Luckily people are sometimes smarter in the web and mostly in these cases evil-doers get caught right in the start.

When a person starts to write voluntarily about something, anything, you know he or she must be interested in the subject. Because, let’s face it, although it may be somehow easier to write to the web and the word count is often smaller than in the average high school essay, writing is still a thing people begin to do if they are honestly interested in something and want to express themselves. And writing is, in a way, hard to start, especially if you are not writing in your mother tongue. So most likely if one starts and even continues, there are real reasons behind that.

One other good reason is that blogs benefit fast and directly. I have noticed, that nowadays I’m almost always searching some particular piece of information, and the blogosphere is often a better and more ‘to the core’ type of place to find what you are looking for, opposed to for example commercial search engines. When I find a blog that deals with the things I was looking for, there’s almost always some good links forward to explore more on the subject. And if the blog is well-made, the connected sites (or blogs) are also good and informative.

And about the subject I last time wrote (i.e. nagged), that you don’t have the time to read all the interesting blogs and feeds and stuff you would like to. Well, deconstruct, deconstruct and deconstruct my friend. And stop whining. Try out those feeds you are reading for a week or two. If you see the numbers increase in the ‘unread posts’, delete it. If you are not reading it, it most likely stands for “I don’t need it that much”. There’s plenty of better sources out there. Don’t get stuck to something you don’t need. Find another, better one.

And in the end, where the people should get their subjects and ideas for their blogs? From other people of course. Unless you are a genius of some kind, and not likely in that case either; human beings don’t work in a void. People don’t get ideas from the thin air. You search, you talk and listen, you process. And sometimes, when its too much to bear to keep it just for yourself, you execute.

Like my favorite writer from my childhood, Stephen King said,

“If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time or the tools to write.”
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Today I hate blogs and the 2.0.

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I found this site Alltop which is portal to blogs, through one of my news feeds I like to read from chrisbrogan.com, and now I feel awful and think that the whole concept of social web should be shot down. I think that tomorrow I’ll already be feeling a lot better.

I’m currently wondering where does this all end, this blogging thing? This ‘follow me in Twitter’ thing. When every person has their own blogs (in some cases several), who will read them all and are they the dominant information channels of the future? Or is it like with the first crush: will it gradually slow down to a more mature way of love, which mostly lasts longer and feels more stable? Sorry ’bout that folks: just bought ‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Mr. Wilde and I’m unfortunately spellbound by its language.

Well OK, not everyone’s going to write a blog, but there are a lot of blogs out there already and I believe it’s still dawn of the socialized web revolution. Midday at best.

Will the basic blogs eventually change to something else? Will groups of bloggers then build communities that grow to become web portals that change to become something else? And will there then be ‘guerilla’ bloggers who want to keep their own unconditional voice – or will there ever even be the change to loose the voice again? Will there be a circle in the progress – it goes backwards somehow?

There has always been an evolution in things. That’s the one driving force we humans possess. There will be evolution in these thing too.

Then there are people who have to work. I’m one of those. Professional blogger is an intriguing profession in my mind, but I don’t think that I could be one. It really takes a lot time to write good posts, and you have to maintain the pace or goodbye AdSense made revenue.

I’ve subscribed to many really interesting and great feeds. I read them so much that I sometimes get laughed about it at home. Sometimes when I’m subscribing (again) to a new great blog, I’m thinking, ‘well, do I really have the time to follow this too?’.

Sometimes when I’m ‘reading’ my news, I suddenly realize that I’ve just scrolled down to get the numbers of the unread posts down. That isn’t educating anymore, something has to go. Maybe the principles of deduction could help to find the thoughts with real value beneath the tide of mediocracy and thoughts with no relevance?

And surely I’d most definitely would like to write myself more, than spend all my days reading what other people have written about. But there’s soooo much interesting information to see. There must be really distressed people out there in the web when you think of the information flood that’s coming out from one’s internet connected devices.

Maybe someone is reading this post and beginning to feel the same way too.