August 27, 2003

When everybody's doing it...

... it makes me squirm.

Just in casually browsing this morning, I see that AOL, YaHoo and Microsoft all are poised to come out with their own BLOGGING tools/sites/propaganda ploys.

I guess I'll hang tight, an insignificant microbe destined to become even more microbial along the edge of the pond, as this medium sorts itself out and the numbers soar. Soon, we'll be issued a blog address along with our SSN's at birth. Everyone will write, and no one will have time to read. Still, my greatest pleasure, I suppose, is in reading my own words from days past in this little album of mine.

Whether I am one of a million or one of 100 million weblogs, Fragments will keep its relevance for me as an archive of the day to day changes that happen outside my window and behind my keyboard. It would seem that the 'goods' of blogging is making a big kersplash in the popular pond, but I do get squeamish swimming in anything that is becoming 'kewl'. Know what I mean?

Posted by fred1st at August 27, 2003 09:14 AM | TrackBack
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Yes. I do. For the time being I must, however, trust that "the cream rises." You're particularly creamy, Fred.

Posted by: Kurt at August 27, 2003 09:45 AM

I welcome it, actually. The more the merrier. If blogging is indeed just a trendy trend, the sooner we get over the curve to the inevitable backlash and to the die-off, the sooner us pre-un-trendy blog diehards can get back to normal.

And if blogging is more than just a trend -- if blogging is the vanguard of a groundswell of participative culture -- then that's great too.

Regardless, your extensive blog archives will stand as a testament to your ahead of the curve status.

Posted by: Cody at August 27, 2003 09:56 AM

I'm with the "more the merrier" philosophy. The only bad thing will be wading through the drivel to find the true gems. I imagine there will be a lot of drivel. I mean, there already is.

I don't think most people have the drive to blog regularly. I read somewhere that most bloggers last between 3 to 6 months before quitting. It'll be the blogs with proven staying power that will still be standing when the trend dies down.

And like you said, blogging is as much for the writer of the blog as it is for the reader. As long as you enjoy what you are doing, you'll be fine. I think you have a solid readership anyway.

Posted by: Mark at August 27, 2003 11:07 AM

Good points, Cody. I just want to get through the frenzy of AOLers flooding bandwidth with videoblogs of themselves brushing their teeth. Sigh. Another case of a good gone pop, life will go on on the other side, I just don't look forward to the endurance contest to see who lasts. But who can say. Guess we will just have to focus on the positives meanwhile.

Posted by: fredf at August 27, 2003 01:44 PM

I suspect that most people with an interest in blogging are already on board. Yeah, the AOL'ers may set one up because they are overrun with pop up ads for the new feature, but most of those blogs will probably never make it 20 posts. One of the reasons I stuck with it is that I got so much interesting feedback and comments from day 1. That would not happen today - too much noise in the blogosphere.

Posted by: Chris at August 27, 2003 02:42 PM

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