Saturday, February 19, 2005

Blog Centrism Will Be the Death of Us

Blogcentric posts, those that discuss blogs and blogging, are of great interest to bloggers. Unfortunately, they don't convey much to the majority of readers, who are not bloggers. The proliferation of blogcentric buzz portends a potential problem for the blogosphere - irrelevance. Few people are going to be interested in reading about blogs and the blogosphere. Many readers are going to be turned off by self-congratulatory chest thumping in the wake of the Dan Rather and Eason Jordan scandals. Bloggers should quickly get back to doing what they do best - keeping the mainstream media honest (relatively) and reporting important issues ignored by the MSM.

This is not to say that there's no place for writing about blogs and bloggers, just that it shouldn't be the dominant message of the blogosphere.

Priorities. From Technorati search:

blog - 2,208,643 posts

blogger - 336,364 posts

blogging - 308,428 posts

blogosphere - 39,644

In the same time period, this was the number of posts about the Rafiq Hariri assassination, an issue which has absolutely consumed middle east news outlets since its occurrence.

Hariri - 1,972 posts

Yes, The Dread Pundit Bluto recognizes the irony of decrying blogcentrism by writing a blogcentric post.