My wife rightfully chided me the other night for a junior high school habit of issuing a loud yell of “bulls***” at the same time I sneeze.
I have almost the same reaction when I read cruft like “Free Website Content – The Future of RSS is Not Blogs”– the claim being the majority, the writer suggests, only. use of RSS in the future is not what made it publisher, feeds published by blogs, but by “businesses using RSS as a communication vehicle are able to create keyword-rich, themed content, establishing trust, reputation, and ongoing communication with current and prospective customers.”
I feel a sneeze coming on…
Like the Internet when it first started, blogs were emboldened by the “cool factor”. As the novelty of being new and cool wears off, Internet webmasters and bloggers alike are realizing that maintaining a website or blog is time-consuming. “Coolness” often wears off if a channel is not monetized. With the ease of blogging and the array of blogs available, only a handful will be able to sustain fresh, constant, unique content and generate any sort of reasonable or significant revenue. As a result, blogs as we know them today will fade into the background, with many blogs being abandoned.
Such a grand sweeping generalization! Of course, many blogs will be abandoned. Does it also spell the end for citizen journalism? personalized web radio via podcasts? student publishing a la eportfolios? Travel-blogs? Heck, do you think the teen diarists are getting tired of blogging? Does the writer really think all of what they label as “consumer driven” is just more tips for cheaper digital cameras and discount airline tickets? Do these monetizing morons really miss the power of blogs in providing personal publishing? Do they miss the Read/Write Web?
I am a nobody if I am not “monetizing my channel”?
My nostrils are twitching… I feel… a… large … sneeze … coming… B…B… Bullshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh