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Mar 5

I am rubber and you are glue…

Posted on Wednesday, March 5, 2008 in Rantings

Sorry, but I just have to jump on the band wagon here, because I’d love to know why people are getting their knickers in a twist about the standard of blogs.

I don’t understand… when we sit down to write a post and suddenly realise that it’s not going to make headlines or make a huge difference to the world, should we just give up?  I thought blogging was a skill, much like journalism.  Was John Waters a child prodigy?  Did Kathy Foley always write such excellent articles?  I’m thinking not.  I’m thinking that they started at the bottom of the ladder much like the rest of us.  If somebody came along and slagged their work from the offset would it have been helpful to their careers?  Would they have cried into their pillows at night, or just ignored it?

I’m wondering if these journalists are fearing for their futures… I certainly don’t buy newspapers as often as I used to because I find everything I need, right here on the blogs.  Sure, it’s biased to an extent and it’s un-censored, but at least I feel like I’m getting a far wider picture.  Newspapers won’t publish certain items of news for political reasons or just because they aren’t interesting enough, but blogs sure as hell will.  Perhaps journalists will soon become obsolete?  I don’t know, but I don’t care.  I do hope that blogging remains as it is- common folk with open minds, a tap into the underworld that is humanity.

Perhaps it’s jealousy?  I can certainly recognise the green-eyed monster with regard to Twenty Major.  He scored a hat trick and published a book, fair dues to him!  If the rest of us feel like we can’t overtake him on the fast lane, why sit behind him and flash our lights angrily?  Why tell him to his face that his work is shite?  I might be naive, but I can definately recognise the bigger man in this situation.  Hey, if the material isn’t to your taste, then don’t bloody read it.  A DIY colonic irrigation would be a far better way of spending your time by the sounds of things.

And hey – so what if the standard of Irish blogging is lower than our American counterparts?  Isn’t it all starting to sound like conversations on a playground?  Is there somebody out there who is making a balanced decision by reading every single one of the 2,000+ Irish blogs?  I don’t think so.  I think there are a serious amount of posts written by bloggers all over the world that are slipping past the bar, like this one.  Okay so it’s not political, but… what’s that expression about the hand that rocks the cradle again?

Who are they to judge?  Who are we to judge?  Shouldn’t we all skip the bullshit and join forces? 

I’m aware that this is a crap post, just a meaningless rant, but to those oh-so topical journalists out there who also know that you’re only as good as your last article, um… keep writing… you’re bound to make sense eventually.

Bring on the comments

  1. D’oh!

    I really, really, really want to see the last post you linked to.

    Unfortunately it seems to point to your D:\ drive :o(

    I like you – I don’t want to hack your machine so I can read it – plus I couldn’t if I wanted to (unless by hack you mean “to set about with an axe”)

  2. I’m thoroughly enjoying Twenty’s book. It wouldn’t be to everyones taste, but then I think that is exactly what the author intended (of course I don’t know so I could be talking shite). I, personally, don’t blog for the sake of being a good blogger, I do it for fun and to widen my social interaction (kids limit the ability to do so in person, so online expansion will do) while not submitting myself to the invasiveness of the standard social networking sites. It leaves me free to create my own online existence independant of my physical existence.

    I also feel it is PARTICULARLY invalid to use the US bloggers as a yardstick, feck that. Why does everything have to conform to their model. We’re in Ireland, can we not be allowed to be ourseleves and not some yank clone?

  3. K8 says:

    Bad Ambassador; Whoops!! Thanks – fixed. You can set about my computer with an axe if you like.. it doesn’t respond to any of my threats anymore.

    Thriftcriminal; Amen, dude. Diversity is what makes the world spin, isn’t it? I guess I’m still doing this because it’s a form of creativity I hadn’t reckoned on before but am totally hooked on, now.

  4. Blogs are pure drivel……….. I love em!
    Can’t stand all that journalistic claptrap…. I want to be entertained while finding out what’s going on at the same time.
    BLOGS FOREVER
    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

  5. The only point that journalism wins over blogging is that you get paid for it. Most of us bloggers won’t see a penny but that’s a small price to pay for being able to write about whatever we choose whenever we want (without deadlines). No one’s paying to read it and if they don’t like it, they can go away. Long live blogging!

  6. Michele says:

    That Waters has an opinion doesn’t bother me, but that he is so ignorant does.

    There are millions of blogs. Most of them are dire.

    There are lots of tv channels and newspapers, magazines etc.,

    Nobody is forcing anyone to consume media that they don’t want to consume.

    Yet Waters has the gall to insult us all

    *sigh*

  7. englishmum says:

    I think you’ve hit the nail on the head here. We all like different books, different films, different people, and therefore we all like different blogs. I think Nats over at Eire Rules made the valid point once that sometimes, just knowing you belong to a little blogging community is the most important thing, not even what you write or how good you are. :o)

  8. Baino says:

    Embrace Diversity I say . . We shouldn’t be over defensive here. I can take criticism, water off a duck’s back. I have a rambling personal little blog that hardly anyone reads but I’ve learned more about the world at large since blogging. Online debate and diverse opinion, links and points of interest have taken me much further than anything I could read in an over edited, biased, poorly written newspaper. Argument on the blogs makes me investigate issues, research problems, try to find solutions, understand how the other half lives . . .more importantly, it has connected me to a few people who I consider friends. I keep in touch with many on my blogroll through other media

    Unlike Newspapers, the bloggers code seems to be, “criticise by all means but don’t make personal attacks” and from my own experience, this is the code that most bloggers abide by.
    If you love it . . do it . . when it becomes tiresome . . .stop. At least we write what we like, when we like without the domination of an Editor in Chief! (although I sometimes wish I had the benefit of a proofreader!)

  9. Maxi Cane says:

    I started blogging last summer and I didn’t even know it was called blogging, I was so naive that I thought I was the only one doing it!

    I don’t know if I could even be called a blogger, as I don’t update everyday but I, like every blogger or writer has their own audience and readership, but most of all we do it for ourselves. If it leads to writing a book or a magazine column then happy days.

    Not having deadlines or someone to report to like the last poster pointed out is also a bonus.

    At the end of the day I think I can safely say that each of us gets our own equal amount of good and bad reviews/criticism, not only in comparison to the American bloggers, but to each other. I think it’s great that people seem to care so much about something that I didn’t even know existed until last year!

    When we all write our novels and newspapers and magazines or greeting cards, we can all look back fondly on our blogging days and think what a laugh it was to have such a big debate over the whole thing.

  10. Heh, I reckon this will give you a laugh

    http://divaboo.info/

  11. K8 says:

    Roy; At’s the spirit!

    Jenny; How great would it be to be paid for writing this trollop?!? I would set up Google Ads but I believe that PayPal is the work of the Devil.

    Michele; Hello sir! Thanks for commenting me – and in such a poetic way… I think you have a calling?

    Englishmum; Yep, the lack of payment for our posts probably has something to do with the excellent atmosphere in the blogging community! We’re all in the same boat, doing our thing because we can, not because of monetary competition.

    Baino; In hindsight I can see the over-defensiveness. I certainly took it personally but shouldn’t have… it just made me realise how suddenly proud I am to be part of such a community. What a nerd I’m turning into!

    Maxi Cane; Thanks for visiting!! I know, even today this post seems even more ridiculous, especially seeing as I started out an anti-blogger but grudgingly tried it out for my dad’s sake! I suppose this is now the biggest community I’ve belonged to since school, so I’ve reverted to the ‘TRINITY-SHITE!’ mentality. Stupid really. I grew up last night though.

    Thriftcriminal; Excellent!!! I do so love the freaks of this planet :) So my bushbaby is really a Tarsier?! I would give anything to own an Angora rabbit on a cold winter’s night. And how about that Aye-Aye? You must be this high to enter…

  12. Well said K8. I haven’t been a regular buyer of newspapers for years, simply because the content is so politically biased.

    I have an aversion to journos’ I think most of them have an inflated sense of self worth, to me there is no difference between a columnist and someone propping up a bar spouting opinions that no-one is interested in…..but maybe thats just my opinion!

  13. Ben says:

    I honestly dont know why i blog at all lol

  14. K8 says:

    Queen of Clean; I suppose I don’t know enough about journalism. There are some excellent journalists out there though, but can you be sure you’re not getting the winner’s story?

    Ben; I do! I love all the useless info! So tempted to buy spongebob’s arse detector.

  15. Medbh says:

    K8, thanks for this.
    It just sickens me to see people being so fucking gleeful about tearing down Twenty’s novel and his success. Why the mean spirited reaction? Doesn’t it boost the entire blogging community to see someone do well?

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