Writing is Losing its Strength

As you probably know by looking at the title you will realize that I am asking the question has writing lost its meaning. Many of you may find this such a bizarre question but trust me, I have not lost it yet. Let me divide the question up more and explain it better.

Have you ever noticed that youtube has many channels especially tech channels. I am not just talking about CNET and NBS but channels where bloggers make video recordings. The best example is of course Chris Pirillo’s Channel LockerGnome or Jon4Lakers which i regularly visit to keep up with tech news.

However this is just the tip of their iceberg. If you click on the link and go to their website you find a whole ecosystem of text and community members that are just as fond of tech as you are, but this is not the point. They may do video recordings and then they will write a post or article to go with it.

I notice though that i find it easier to watch their video than read the article. Call me crazy but the video is usually more informative and less boring than the article itself. Well this is due to the fact that they will record their video first and then write the article. This is because video is a more natural way to explain things to people. It also is able to keep their attention for much longer which is great.

By using popular websites such as Youtube and Veoh they can expose themselves more and build up a healthy community of members which then can support themselves. It is strange but this is the way blogging is heading.

And this is how we comeback to the question i asked at the beginning. Is it really worth the effort to write anything now when it is simpler to just record a 5 minute video using a webcam of flip video and post it on the net. Anyway just putting the question to you all. If you have any information that you would like to add email me or just leave a comment.


The Ten Blogging Commandments

I found an absolutely great post about the dos and don’ts of blogging. Here they go:

  1. You shall not put your blog before your integrity
  2. You shall not make an idol of your blog
  3. You shall not misuse your screen name by using your anonymity to sin.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day by taking one day off a week from your blog.
  5. Honor your fellow-bloggers above yourselves and do not give undue significance to their mistakes
  6. You shall not murder someone else’s honor, reputation or feelings
  7. You shall not use the web to commit or permit adultery in your mind
  8. You shall not steal another person’s content
  9. You shall not give false testimony against your fellow-blogger.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s blog ranking. Be content with your own content.
I think these are some great rules. The web would be a better place if every body followed these blogging commandments.

Guess Who is Dead

This post is out side the lines of this blog but there are reports that Oprah Winfrey is dead. Since reading this report from a few blogs, I have done research of my own. I have found out this report of Oprah is nothing but a lie. It is not true. A word of advice to those who believe some blogger’s reports, make sure to do your own search on that report. If you do not believe me, search for yourself in google news, yahoo news, NYpost and other major website that you know will post those reports. There was a comment by someone saying that they saw it on CNN. I went to their website and found nothing. It looks like these bloggers that are posting these reports are only out to get readers for intentions that are unknown.

Also, it is sad to see that the comments made about Oprah were a little disturbing. Some people had negative things to say about her and I for one became furious at some of those comments. I for one do not like Oprah but I would not go to post comments that were posted. We need to learn to have respect for those who had passed away even if they are alive. If you like the person or not. We need to do some growing up in this country of ours.

Blogging = ?

There’s something about blogging that doesn’t seem to make sense to me – Blogging is supposed to be a sort of journalling, and I’ve always thought of journalling as something personal. And yet. Aren’t the most popular blogs the impersonal ones? They’re the ones about pop culture and politics and fashion and nearly nothing about the individual. Even in life blogs, there’s a sort of air of distance, I think, between the writer and the narrator, who are theoretically one and the same.

And I guess that makes sense, in a way, because who wants to read a blog that says the same thing over and over again? Who wants to read a story in which nothing interesting happens? And yet. I wish those quiet, personal blogs could garner more attention, that people would read blogs that carry more emotion than motion. Which maybe is partly for a selfish reason, but also I just, I just think slices-of-life can be just as interesting as gossip and scandal. I think they’re more meaningful in a way

Non-Political Blogs Dabbling in Politics

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, there’s an election this year in America and opinions and emotions are running passionate and heavy. As a result, I’ve noticed a few blogs I read toss in teh occasional political slant, and sometimes a full-on political post. 

As a reader, I generally don’t appreciate when a blog I read, that claims a subject of expertise, suddenly shift to a completely unrelated topic. I do read some political blogs and that’s where I’d like that subject to remain.

I do make some exceptions: when the blog falls under the banner of “personal” as in, it’s more of a diary than a source of niche information, or hwere politics intersects the blog’s subject matter. 

Some may feel that this country will never move forward unless there is more political discussion, or the stakes are simply too high for people to remain passive and avoid politics in any venue. While both are true, it’s also important to find the appropriate place for discussion if it’s even to be taken seriously. And if a blogger really wants to get into political discussions, how about just starting a political blog, separate from their current one?

I would be annoyed to open the latest issue of Cat Fancy magazine to find an article laying out the moral hazard of the Fannie Mae/ Freddie Mac bailout. Surprise aside, I wouldn’t trust the writers of a pet magazine to discuss economic policy with any level of competency. I feel the same way about blogs that stray from their stated subject.

Going “off-topic” is rarely a good idea for any niche blog, whether that topic is politics or something else entirely

5 Ways to Imitiate the Top 10 Blogs

Do you want to make your blog just like the 10 most popular blogs in the world? Here are 5 ways to imitate the blogosphere’s giants:

  1. Publish frequently
  2. Have a team
  3. Offer hot news
  4. Have an attitude
  5. Be visual
Let’s explore each point a bit.
  1. Publish frequently. Very frequently. If you don’t post at least once per weekday, good luck trying to fit in with the blogosphere top 10. Nearly all of these blogs post several times daily. Some post 10-20 times or more every day. 50 blog posts in the last 24 hours wouldn’t raise any eyebrows in this crowd (Gawker has churned out 46). Frequent posting boosts blog popularity in two major ways: It keeps the search engines happy. It gets human attention. But posting every two or three hours insn’t exactly compatible with most bloggers’ lifestyles. Which leads to point number two…
  2. Have a team. Each of the top 10 blogs is a “team blog” – it either has several authors who share the posting duties (like TechCrunch) or allows reader submissions (like ICanHasCheezburger). Spreading the publishing responsibility among multiple authors means that “many hands make light work”. It also enhances the blog’s marketability and virality – wouldn’t you rather have a team of five or ten to promote your blog for you than do it all yourself? The main drawbacks of team blogging are that you give up some editorial control. And there’s a risk that someone on your team could compromise your blog’s security or publish damaging information. Also, coming up with something to say might be more difficult when you’re on a team; the other authors could take the words right out of your mouth. Which may be why nine of the world’s top 10 blogs:
  3. Offer hot news. While advice and opinion do account for some of the biggest blogs’ content, the bulk falls under a single heading: News. Often, it’s not just this morning’s news either. It’s this-just-in, pedal-to-the-metal, flaming-hot-off-the-press breaking news. Notice the first two words next to the number 1 in the listing for the world’s most popular blog, The Huffington Post: Breaking news. Original news reporting boosts blog popularity like little else. If you’re a constant source of interesting stuff to talk about, people will come to you constantly. The only non-news publisher in the global blogging top 10 is   I Can Has Cheezburger, which focuses on humor. Which reminds me of point #4:
  4. Have an attitude. Each of the top 10 blogs on earth has a distinct voice, a certain unique feel, that pervades its content, design and community. If someone called you blog “TechCrunchy,” you’d know what they meant, right? Same goes for “Lifehackery” or “Gizmodo-y.” Definitely for “Boing-Boingy.” There’s a tasty mixture of snark, charm and/or flair present in each of the top 10 blogs. Attitude is memorable. Blandness aint. And (obviously) the memorable tends to become more popular than the forgettable. So, given that most people have a single dominating sense called sight that provides most of their daily input, it’s not surprising that point #5 is…
  5. Be Visual. Every single blos on the worldwide top 10 list features at least one image or video in nearly every post. Ars Technica is the only that doesn’t also include those images on its homepage. Check your blog’s last 10 posts. If two or more of them are nothing but text, it’s not like the most popular blogs of all. Images draw the eye into an article’s text and give it more impact. In some cases, they become a blog’s centerpiece and the driving force behind its popularity. So if you want to imitate (collectively speaking) the biggest blogs of all, post frequently with a team of bloggers offering hot news with an attitude and lots of visuals. Easier said than done, I know, I know 🙂

Blogging at School

So here I am, blogging from school. I know I should probably be doing my work but the truth is, I’m done my work… seriously. You won’t find me doing this very often. uh oh, my teacher is coming.