This month’s Wired Magazine has an article titled “Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004” which asks a question that strikes a chord with me: “Does personal blogging still matter?” The author makes the point that the written thoughts of small-potato bloggers are coming to mean less and less in this age of coroporate-sponsored professionals and “micro-blogging” services like Twitter and Facebook.
Scroll down Technorati’s list of the top 100 blogs and you’ll find personal sites have been shoved aside by professional ones. Most are essentially online magazines: The Huffington Post. Engadget. TreeHugger. A stand-alone commentator can’t keep up with a team of pro writers cranking out up to 30 posts a day.
He’s right. As someone who’s had a website/blog since the mid-90’s (and silly newsletters dating back to my early teens), I’ve always felt the need to blather my thoughts in some form. But I have to agree that devoting time to passionately hammering out posts is becoming harder lately. On one hand I ask myself, “I have plenty to say, but how can I possibly compare with these people who not only crank out a dozen posts a day but write them so much better?” And on the other hand I tell myself, “Fuck ’em, this isn’t a popularity contest. I’ll be compelled to post even when nobody still shows up to read it!” Which is probably true…
But that’s not the only problem. I used to be able to bang out 3-4 posts per day about various things, and though I was probably a little too angry or full of shit at times, it was a great way to vent. But over the past year or so I’ve started getting this “Why bother?” feeling when I’m compelled to write about something in the news or whatever… Usually the professional political blogs have already written scathingly about it already, and chances are I’d just be repeating myself anyway. My current state of apathy and disappointment with the political scene isn’t helping — back when I was really fired up about something I could really crank out some angry posts. And it was refreshing, especially when it involved calling Bush something nasty (six occurances of “shitmonkey” and counting). But these days, I’m feelin’ kinda wishy-washy. I still set aside things to post about, but whether or not I actually get around to writing anything is sort of up for grabs.
Am I being lame? Maybe I’ll get over it once the election is over. At any rate, I’m just glad to still get some visitors to the site! 🙂