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blogshirt.pngBy B.L. Ochman
Robert Scoble’s post today got me thinking about the way some writers have bashed blogs for fun and profit. Let’s take a look back at some blog bashing classics. These writers bashed bloggers so we’d write about what pricks they were and drive traffic to their blogs. I fell for a few of them.
Dave Bullard bashed bloggers in his South African Sunday Times column last year, as “people who wouldn’t stand a hope in hell of getting a job in journalism.” The link baiting little jerk then started a blog. Natch.
Then that fatuous (his favorite word) grump, Joseph Rago, at the Wall St Journal, in a pompous editorial, called us an unjournalistic mob. Blogs are “written by fools to be read by imbeciles,” he sniffed. I hope Rupert Murdoch makes him blog his editorials.
Then there’s Bob Bly, who wrote a couple of columns in DM News about how you are wasting your time blogging unless you can prove that you made at least $400K, or one percent of $40 million through your blog. I don’t, but then again, neither does he.
Not only did he start a blog, he wrote a book about how to blog. Didn’t sell a million copies.
But the king of all the blog bashers has to be Daniel Lyons, at Forbes, who writes the droll Fake Steve Jobs blog. He’s also the guy who wrote the 2005 Forbes cover story calling blogs lynch mobs “amplifying their tirades to a potential worldwide audience of 900 million.”
Scoble writes, “I wonder if Daniel still feels the same way about blogs attacking brand value now that he uses a blog to attack other people, companies, and things?”
Doubtful, because now he blogs for fun and profit. Like me. :>)
UPDATE: Oops! I forgot one big bad wolf. Cam Beck pointed out that I’d missed Andrew Keen.
Keen says the danger of the Internet is that “anyone with an opinion, however ill-informed, can publish a blog, post a video on YouTube, or change an entry on Wikipedia.” Before, they could only publish books and magazine articles, and write for newspapers.
And, of course, Keen blogs.
Bonus links
- Hugh Macleod, Blogging is Dead? According to Whom?
- Unplug Your Kids, Why Am I Doing This?
- Rex Hammock, Why I Blog