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Anti-weblog

I've stumbled upon two anti-weblog articles, and I'm interested in what you have to say, since you are running a weblog too.

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2004/2/2/171117/8823
http://mama.indstate.edu/users/bones/WhyIHateWebLogs.html

Rami Kayyali
Tuesday, March 09, 2004

I don't really see Joel on Software as a "weblog," or if it is, it's not a traditional one, for these reasons:

1) It's not here to provide links to other sites. There are enough good weblogs that provide links to other interesting sites. I have heard it said that there are two types of bloggers, "linkers and thinkers," and I prefer to be in the latter category.

2) I have no desire to bore you with the daily trivia of my personal life. Some of that will creep in to provide color, but I assume you are just not that interested in what I had for breakfast and my terrible customer service experience with a cell phone company.

3) I don't update it nearly often enough. I only update it when I have something new to say.

Joel Spolsky
Fog Creek Software
Tuesday, March 09, 2004

http://www.wibsite.com/wiblog/dull/


Tuesday, March 09, 2004

LOL

B#
Tuesday, March 09, 2004

"The dullest blog in the world" is hilarious in concept and makes its point, but one sure can't read it for more than about a minute.

Other than not being updated regularly, don't the the example anti-weblogs above share a lot of characteristics with the weblogs they deride?  Obviously not in every way, it seems like the urge that compells the blogger (namely to rant / opine about something he thinks someone will read and care about) is tha same as that of these two examples.  I'm not saying they're wrong (see the Dullest blog above), or, on the other hand that there aren't blogs and quasi-blogs that I like.  The example rants miss the point that it's not whether it's a "blog" or not, it's just that there are people who have interesting things to say and there are people who only have claw my eyes out with a fork boring things to say.  That's no differen than any other forms of communication that allow a monologue type presentation from the speaker / author.  The advent of blogs has just thrust an incredible number of the latter into our view.

I guess the complaints about messing up Google probably hold a little more water though.

MacSqueeb
Tuesday, March 09, 2004

Corrections:

Obviously not in every way, *but*  it seems...

And a handful of typos....

MacSqueeb
Tuesday, March 09, 2004

If people enjoy an activity, like blogging, and it doesn't hurt anyone, why get so upset about it? Of course, other people enjoy complaining, and there's nothing wrong with that.

The first article listed one negative effect of blogs: their appearance in Google searches. And in my experience, blogs have assisted my queries more than they hindered them.

Julian
Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I'm glad you weren't offended by these two articles. I personally see blogs as tools to view personal prespectives on certain subject matters. For instance, your "blog" is focused, deals with a narrow range of subjects, but in a detailed manner.

I'd like to ask for your opinion in blogs in general, rather than being specific to your blog only. Since the two examples I've linked to are very negative.

Thank you.

Rami Kayyali
Wednesday, March 10, 2004

I think of Joel more as an essayist. 

Of the 8 gazillion weblogs in existence, I think only about 4 are worth a crap. 

Most are little better than the dull weblog linked above.


Wednesday, March 10, 2004

Given all the "weblogs are evil/stupid/whatever" rants around the net, one has to be amused by yet another person complaining about people posting stuff on the net in the hope that anyone will actually care.  :)


Wednesday, March 10, 2004

last I checked, the net had been more or less opened up to everyone.

While I'm annoyed by some of the nonsense that's out there, I don't see how it affects my personal use of the internet, beyond having to hit "next" two or three more times on Google.  So what?

Has the world come to such a state when people are SO provoked by 2 extra mouse clicks that they feel the need to write ESSAYS about it?

muppet from electric-chipmunk
Wednesday, March 10, 2004

What are the other worthwhile blogs besides Joel's?

I have Raymond Chen's, Eric Lippert's, other good ones?

Ignorant youth
Thursday, March 11, 2004

http://www.livejournal.com/users/opportunitygrrl/

Oren Miller
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Not a weblog but a journal from the times before the big advent of weblogs and IMHO the only thing that does fall in the "worthwhile reading" category other than JoS and Raymond Chen was Ali Davids' True Porn Clerk Stories. Very entertaining and well written it is only about 47 entries long and has not been updated anymore after she quit the job.
http://www.improvisation.ws/mb/showthread.php?s=&threadid=4475

Doo
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Eric Sink and Martin Fowler I also find useful.

Patrick FitzGerald
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Possibly the the best weblog ever created:

http://www.livejournal.com/users/kim_jong_il__/?skip=20

Start from the bottom as the chronology makes it more enjoyable.

MacSqueeb
Thursday, March 11, 2004

License2KimJongIl :):) OMG this is so funny. Unbelievable. ROTFLMAO

The Porn Clerk is creepy though insightful.

Ignorant youth
Thursday, March 11, 2004

The Porn Clerk was a really good read. Thanks for that link.

Just me (Sir to you)
Thursday, March 11, 2004

Thanks for the Porn Clerk link

anonymous
Friday, March 12, 2004

Chris Pratley's blog is pretty sweet:

http://blogs.msdn.com/chris_pratley/

Norrick
Friday, March 12, 2004

the first 3 (of 40) in my reader:

http://seanmcgrath.blogspot.com/

http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/

http://www.xulplanet.com/ndeakin/

..........

fool for python
Sunday, March 14, 2004

I know who Sean McGrath is . . . wait, what's this . . . ?

IronPython.  Whoa.

You are a good man, fool.

Matt Conrad
Sunday, March 14, 2004

>3) I don't update it nearly often enough. I only update it when I have something new to say.

Better than updating it when you _don't_ have anything new to say! :-)

John Rusk
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

Back in the days.... (Am I that old already) I started a personnal website. It stinked,  I didnt know what to put on it.

Recently I was wondering if I should start a weblog, but I'm pretty sure it would stink as well. I'm not a very creative person.

Most personnal websites stinked and were all the same anyway (Photos, Resume, cheesy MIDI sound in the background, etc...) Most people are not creative enough to put out good websites (blog or otherwises) so then end up copying each others.

It make no sense for everybody and his brother to have his own website/blog. If everybody spend his own time writing his thought, who will have time to read them then?

Internet is about community and sharing, not about ones ego.

Blog are just like iPod, too trendy. Its the new thing to have. Mind you, I have an ipod, but I cant be proud about it anymore.

Too much weblog kill the blog, too much ipod kill the pod.

Sink Different
Wednesday, March 17, 2004

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