Blogs and these sites with One text description and related links + google ad words clutter search results finding it more difficult to find answers to problems or reviews for consumer items. (Don't believe me, try http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&safe=off&q=review+ninja+kawasaki&btnG=Search)
Useful blogs are great and I have found a few of them but all in all blogs let people who have nothing to say on a topic reduce the knowledge available on the internet.
In the zen of programming their can only be one master
Some years back (prior to blogs) I registered my web site
and posted my little maze game. At the time I had some
fun witting stuff about me and my game. Then some other
stuff. But... it took time and I stopped posting. The
site remains; but mostly static over the years since.
No desire to keep it up and people could not easily reply.
I rarely got an email about my game. Thousands picked it
up -- no body said thank you... Boo Hoo (poor me) No! I'm
not feeling sorry for myself -- making a point...
Blogs are better!
They are free. Easy to maintain (I hear -- I don't have one).
And people seem more likely to post a reply for all to read rather
than sent as an email to the web master.
I have thought to open a blog -- I'm verbose, and like to express
myself (case in point ); but haven't done it. There is
the time issue... perhaps I'll start one. Any suggestions as to
where I should go? (Techie site).
I just watched a Microsoft Webcast on what Blogging and RSS is all about. To test it all out, I put up a blog myself here[^] describing a little bit about the webcast, and providing a link to the next one.
When the U.S. Constitution was written the 'Press'[^] was not a few elite mega-corps. It was usually just a few guys with a printing press. The idea of an 'impartial' press would have been considered a joke. Everyone knew that what they read was the opinion of the writer. Events; such as; the 'Boston Massacre'[^] were commonly distored by both sides to support their views. Today the reports and editors are blind to their own biases. I even heard one the other day state that their "job as part of the government" was to "expose secrets" even if it cost thousands of lives! (I don't recall electing Dan Rather or Neil Cavuto. Do you?)
Bloggers are a throwback to the good old days of unfair, unbalanced and totally partial reporting. They allow the reader to sample a story from all different viewpoints and glean the truth for themselves. Its no wonder the self-important media personalities hate them and object to them being given press credentials.
Thank you bloggers for giving the 'Power of the Press' back to the people. ( but please, don't get a swelled head about it. )
You are correct! The idea of unbiased news in the US (and probably most countries), is ridiculous.
News bloggers, on the otherhand, get most of there information from those same biased sources and then put there own (spin) biased opinion on them.
Stick to the magazines like Discover, which try there best to give accurate information. There very exestince depends on it.
One of my pet peeves, is when a news reporters say that "the peaple have the right to know". That may be true, but when they say this sports personality is a bad role model for kids because ... . I have a problem, because no one (including the kids) would have known that if they did not tell us. In otherwords, they are a bad role model because you told us they were!
Dario Solera wrote: How do you find the time to blog?
I simply have no time to do it, even if I wanted it.
Yeah. It is hard to find the time. I usually find the chance to blog in the down-time between projects.
Over on my WDevs blog, I don't blog as much as I'd like to due to the lack of time.
However I also try and avoid blogging just for the sake of it. I hope each of my blog entries has something to say that somebody else will be interested in, rather than just posting links to other peoples writing.
Working for myself, I don't get much chance to run my ideas or technologies by other developers. So it is nice to be able to write about development issues and maybe have somebody give you feedback. A blog entry is a little less daunting than writing a full-blown CP article and a little more detailed than a forum post.
Writing my blog also gives me a chance to practise my communication skills and writing techniques. (I've still got a long way to go).
It also helps to fight 'specification writer's block' and 'coder's block', which I do suffer from quiet a bit at the beginning and mid-points of projects.
I have mine for a number of reasons.
I have a lot of friends around the world that I like to keep in touch with, and rather than sending them all emails, if i post interesting (or not) things about what I'm doing with my life, they can comment on it. The same works in reverse, I read their blogs to find out what they have been up to.
I also use it to pass on my thoughts on hardware/software I come across. Every so often I'll have a rant on it as a safer option than screaming out of the window.
It's also easier to manage than a traditional 'personal website'.
Something I also like is going back to the first post in my blog (can't do that at the moment since I switched to blogger, but they are all safely backed up), then flicking through them one by one to the present. It's interesting to see how my opinions of stuff has changed. It's a lot like a personal diary, only public so I have to read between the lines to find out what I was thinking when I wrote it.