Having just fired up my own blog (here) for public viewing this week, I’m on the other side of the ‘blogging is bad’ argument. I think Sandy Antunes misses the many-to-many aspect that allows blogging to be something different from older, more-traditional forms of publishing.
The benefit of blogging stems from the micro-level of interest that it (as well as other resources that utilize the Internet) can tap into. To use my own interest as an example, there aren’t that many people who still remember, let alone still play the old SPI game DragonQuest. But I’ve been a part of an online community for DragonQuest for more than 10 years now. It’s far too small an interest group to be worth publishing in a mainstream publication. But there are enough people who are interested that there are a number of resources for it. Blogging allows communication to a narrower interest group.
Yeah, I’m probably not up to William Safire’s level with language, but that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t be writing or communicating with others. And if what interests me and what I choose to write about doesn’t interest you, that doesn’t invalidate it as a useful medium. Move on to some other blogger whose writing is more to your taste.
Yes, there is lots of mediocre content served up in blogs. But I would rather read a weakly written article that pertains to a topic I am deeply interested in than a well written, professional piece about something I’m only passingly interested in. Blogs may not give us the greatest prose, and they may not be of the widest interest. But for those who are interested in a particualr topic, and in contributing information on that subject, they are an excellent tool.