Group Hug

Many interesting results came out of our posts yesterday on the current state of the blogosphere. Frankly, I wasn’t sure what reaction to expect to my questioning of the role of analysis in blogging today. Things have become so ugly of late, with nasty epithets being tossed around like confetti, that I half expected to find a flaming bag on my front porch. But the overwhelming consensus is that people are tired of the anger, tired of the treadmill, tired of reading from-the-lip commentary that doesn’t serve the greater good. Some of the best comments:

I tend to prefer blogs that write fewer articles that are based on clear principles, identify interesting trends, and consider the larger picture. – Mark Johnson

I’m happy that my tiny audience is one that resonates with decision makers because I must be reaching the right people. – Dennis Howlett

I think we’ll overcome the hurdle of “content,” but only after we ride this national enquirer cycle out. In the meantime, some of us will work on quality because we know it wins in the end. – Eric Norlin

I’m still of the old-school that feels like quality should stand on its own without the constant whoring for Diggs and link-backs and attention. I’m a writer, not a prostitute. – Cyndy Aleo-Carreira

That last line is a personal favorite. One of the Web’s most prolific bloggers and pundits, Robert Scoble, contributed an excellent angle to all this today, noting that no great business or idea is built on the notion of beating another. What I found most interesting though was this little nugget from the comments on his post:

You, sir, are the most genuine person in the blogosphere… whether you are just really smart and know better than to say stupid, hurtful s**t about people for the public record, or you are just generally a decent person… it makes me watch every video you make and read every word of your blog.

Matt, I don’t know who you are or what your place is in the blogging world, but you summed up the whole shebang right there. All the eyeballs in the world can’t equal the unadulterated appeal of plain old good intentions. We’ve forgotten this in recent years, forgotten that measured, polite, thoughtful behavior is simply more rewarding.

I’m not yet sure what I think of a blogging alliance, as conglomeration is one of the downsides of the 21st century. But I suspect an alliance of sorts began to form on its own yesterday, one that aims to bring thoughtful analysis back to the tech sphere. It will be interesting to see if this meme takes hold and sticks around in the coming months.


  1. Matt said

    Totally agree here, Carla. I really have a distaste for the commercialisation of blogging. Even if you take the word “blogging”, it sounds grassroots, and un-official / non-commercial.

    Scoble was dead on with his recent post. Nice place here, subscribed, and found via FriendFeed.. where else? 🙂

  2. anonymous coward said

    yours is a great post. scoble’s, however, conforms with his usual self-absorbed drivel. check out this contrarian take.

  3. […] Carla Thompson writes on the recent discussions sparked by comments from Michael Arrington, in relation to the blogosphere and its commercialisation (or lack of). I would like to point out that my personal opinion on Mike’s reason for posting, is one of self-protection against possible funding / takeovers, but the discussion resulting from his rant is one of certain interest and need. […]

  4. […] Carla pointed out in her post, Robert Scoble’s mini-manifesto this morning called for a civil community to reclaim the […]

  5. […] on the A-List and what sort of behavior the blogosphere should reward. Chris and I have both spoken to that particular topic before. What I find truly fascinating is that, in a sense, we’re […]

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