Blogosphere says huh?*
May 31, 2007 § 7 Comments
Yes, it’s the talk of the Atlanta blogging community. Andisheh Nouraee’s cover story for this week’s Creative Loafing featured five local bloggers who stand out from the crowd. And I applaud that, I really do, but I guess I couldn’t seem to wrap my head around his disdain for personal blogs. It’s such a huge part of the blogosphere to discount. I remember the first time I read a personal blog. I found it so comforting to read about someone who had similar life experiences as me, who found the same things funny as I did, who had the balls to write exactly what he or she felt and not give a damn. Of course there are the the petty blog fights or gossip-rag blogs that don’t exactly achieve this, but I guess I kept thinking about it and finally responded today:
Andy, I think most of your “disappointment” (as profound as you profess it to be) with personal blogs is that they are just that – personal. The different genres of blogging are not all strictly intended to be an alternative to the “traditional news-media platform.” Blogging gained most its notoriety through the medium of personal diaries, going back to 1998 with Open Diary, followed by Live Journal and Blogger soon after. Personal blogs are what have spawned tools such as MySpace, Twitter, and other successful social networks. Atlanta has it’s fair share of diverse, personal blogs, reaching the gay community, the art and design community, a hugely successful podcasting community site, even mothers with “mommy blogs,” as well as local views with our own branch of the Metroblogging* network.
While mundane details of one’s everyday life doesn’t inspire everyone, they reach an audience just as valid as those who read political, news, and technical blogs. There are so many bloggers in Atlanta, and to not address the different flavors (instead of condemning them) really does not legitimize the purpose of your article.
I’m not even sure what my point exactly is that I’m trying to get across, except that there is an undeniable “thing” that the blogging community would be missing if those blogs were discounted. For disclosure, I did sign it as a founding member of atlbloggers.net, as well as disclosed that I’m a (sucky) contributer to Metroblogging.
Personal rambling over.
* title lifted and slightly adjusted from a hilarious series found on ATL Malcontent.