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98.72% of all blogs are boring

I don't understand why there is so much fuss about blogs. Why do people consider them a revolution?

Very, very few blogs are worth reading.

Indeed, there are one or two blogs which are simply goldmines. JOS is one of them, VentureBlog is another.

However, the rest are not worth reading.

J.J.
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Well, 90% of everything is crap.  Over 90% of all webpages are crap.

So don't wory too much about it.

Flamebait Sr.
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Indeed, Sturgeon's Law definitely applies.  But if there are a few blogs worth reading, doesn't that mean the medium itself is worth some amount of fuss?  (BTW, see Clay Shirky, I believe, who wrote about weblogs and power laws.)

Plus -- even though a blog may not be worth reading (for a given reader), it could still have been worth writing (for a given blogger).  I've found that blogging has helped me tighten up my writing somewhat.  I still tend to be verbose, but I'm getting progressively less so.  (=

Sam Livingston-Gray
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

98.72% is a vast under estimate.

I do not wish to read boring stories about somebody's cat or ugly kids.

S. Tanna
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Don't forget that you don't have to read someone consistently.  Often someone will write a brilliant article once every blue moon, and over many people it adds up.  Every week there's something good.

Also, there's Lambda the Ultimate, /. and OSNews, which are collaborative, focused weblogs.  I guess the nice thing is you get to ignore all the boring ones with the ugly kids, and you don't have to pay for multiple subscriptions or anything.

I wonder what will happen when video becomes really common...


Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Blogs also give you an insight into how people are thinking. All the Microsoft blogs are a great example.

John Rosenberg
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

98.72% [!? :-)] of bloggers aren't thinking. They're just recording the mundane trivia of their lives. That's the problem.

I'd read joelonsoftware because he is thinking, and what's more, he's thinking about stuff that I'm interested in. Both are exceptionally unusual.

S. Tanna
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

IMO, the really good blogs (< 1%) aren't any different than a regularly updated website.  They usually attract a large readership and comments are either turned off or too large to be meaningful (ala /.).  You know how the hype wagon is though.

Hey, anybody wanna buy my flooz?

ymmv dude
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

This is sort of missing the point. Blogs are about social networking.

Even if your blog is simply about your day-to-day activities and only your mum and a few friends read it, it's important to *them* and helps keep that social network going. The fact that it is of no interest to you or the other 5.999... billion people on the planet doesn't reduce it's value to those involved.

Taka
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

"I'd read joelonsoftware because he is thinking, and what's more, he's thinking about stuff that I'm interested in. Both are exceptionally unusual. "

Hook, line and sinker.

Nobody Much
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

> This is sort of missing the point. Blogs are
> about social networking.

I find this extremely pathetic. Why not do "social networking" using face to face meetings, or a good mailing list?

R
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

If someone doesn't put the Camel in the remaining 1.28% soon there's gonna be some hurt handed around...

[grin]

Philo

Philo
Wednesday, July 02, 2003

Sturgeon's Law /prov./ "Ninety percent of everything is crap". Derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, who once said, "Sure, 90% of science fiction is crud. That's because 90% of everything is crud." Oddly, when Sturgeon's Law is cited, the final word is almost invariably changed to `crap'.

http://www.jargon.net/jargonfile/s/SturgeonsLaw.html

www.marktaw.com
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Aren't 987 crappy blogs worth having one Jos?

It's like evolution, right?
You have to let eveyone try everything and the cream will rise to the surface.

Entrepreneur
Thursday, July 03, 2003

>>> Why not do "social networking" using face to face meetings, or a good mailing list?

How do you do FTF if you live in different countries?

And using a mailing list just doesn't feel right. "Social networking" here has a slightly different meaning to the normal, real-life one. Look up Clay Shirky or Stowe Boyd and see what they have to say about "social software" (a phrase I hate, btw :-)).

Taka
Thursday, July 03, 2003

The thing that cracks me up are huge circle-jerks about folks blogging about blogging.  There's hundreds of these things - blogging about the ramifications of blogging, the software behind blogging, the social aspects of blogging, about the blogging of blogging about blogging, the 'blogosphere' and some of the stuff just gets crazy.

How many blogs about blogs can you have before the system exceeds the chandrazer limit and implodes into a black hole!?

Konrad
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Hi.

I created this site for myself and a few friends.  It's at
www.motherblogger.com.

It's a site with links to the 'most popular' blogs that interest us.

Do take a look, and i would love to get your feedback.

Alex
Thursday, July 03, 2003

I don't know. I've found a number of blogs worth reading. 

Brad always has interesting things to say ( http://dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com/ )

Philo has a well written history of "the bad project" ( http://www.saintchad.org/blog/ )

Eric has some fantastic insights into software development, especially commercial software ( http://software.ericsink.com/index.html )

Funny thing, each of those blog writers hang out here.

I also like a number of summary feeds out there. http://weblogs.asp.net/ has a number of good posts everyday.

Marc
Thursday, July 03, 2003

hey!  Look at this blog post: (href)

Look who just started blogging! (href)

blogging about blogging, blogging about blogging about blogging.

We're changing the world!  Blog blog blog blog.

Read this A-List blogger (href), read this other A-List blogger (href).  Check out this post about meta blogging (href)

99.999% of all blog entries, convenient summary form
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Also, about 80% of blogs are like ham radio... Blogs about blogging.

Fred2000
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Marc, thanks for the kind words. :)

As for "99"s point, he makes a good one. I think blogs fall into three categories: (1) personal/business journal, (2) meta-bloggers (aka, link regurgitators), and (3) creators of original content. I put myself as a mix of #1 and #3, with very little of #2, as I generally find meta-blogging boring to both read and write.

If you want just a few blogs that are primarily category #3 and very high quality, here they are:

Adam Nathan [.NET Interop]
http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/anathan/

Chris Brumme [.NET Architect]
http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/cbrumme/

Ingo Rammer [.NET Remoting]
http://www.ingorammer.com/

John Lam [AOP, Generative Programming]
http://www.iunknown.com/

I read about 70 blogs, and I get value out of them all, but these 4 are probably the best value for time invested (to counterpoint those who think blogs are always useless).

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Thursday, July 03, 2003

I've had my blog up and running for just over a month. Would love to know if it's boring!

http://www.johntopley.com

John Topley (www.johntopley.com)
Thursday, July 03, 2003

I disagree with the general sentiment here. Blogs are a big deal for all kinds of reasons.

But first, the wonderful thing about freedom of choice is if you think a blog is boring, then you never have to go anywhere near it again. full stop.

Boring is subjective. Nothing is boring. You find it boring. John finds it boring. Sam loves it. It's not boring. It's not interesting. It just is.

A blog about the trials of a girls struggle through an eating disorder would, I'm sure, be boring to many of the people here. According to the sentiment expressed here, it's a waste of time, shouldn't be done. Rubbish. If one other person around the world gains some strength from realising someone else has faced similiar battles to their own then a tag of 'boring' becomes somewhat lame and irrelevant.

Blogging gives a global voice to everyone. Nobody makes anybody else listen. Ok, perhaps 98.72% blogs don't interest you, but the growth of blogging has meant that 1.18% of blogs have lived.

Without the 98.72% you wouldn't have the 1.18%. You choose.

Yanwoo
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Hmmm...

I like http://jwz.livejournal.com/ despite the author spending far too much time griping about his life.  But he realizes that his life is, in fact, a comedy, and actually does a good job of articulating it.

Flamebait Sr.
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Well, 98.72% of all statistics are wrong, so there...

Grumpy Smurf
Thursday, July 03, 2003

Is this how 90% of rap songs back in the day were about rap songs?

www.marktaw.com
Thursday, July 03, 2003

So nowadays 90%+ rap songs are about how great the current rap song and/or rapper is, how many people he's/she's killed, how many cars they have, and how many women/men they've slept with.

Then again, maybe weblogs would be a tad more interesting if they talked about what rap songs talk about.

Wackazz MC
Friday, July 04, 2003

I maintain a boring blog as hobby. Reviewing every book I read, for example, is a rewarding use of my time, motivates me to read more attentively, and improves my writing and analysis skills. Plus, it's nice having a small audience that hears my views.

FYI, here's the URL, though I'm definitely pimping my blog since I mentioned it in the last JoS blog discussion.

http://www.mindspring.com/~teleri/julian/index.html

Julian
Friday, July 04, 2003

Yanwoo

Boring is subjective, it is simply something that causes boredom, which is a mental state involving lack of interest in the subject matter.

No value to anyone, is not semantically equivalent to boring.

And I still don't want to read about somebody's cat.,

S. Tanna
Friday, July 04, 2003

Amen Taka. Value is all relative.

And let's not forget a key part of the world blog is "log". It's my personal log to look back on. You don't want to read it? Oh well. But you are not necessarily the target audience.

Ian Stallings
Monday, July 07, 2003

I maintained a bi-weekly blog for about 6 months up until the end of last year. It started out as a blink and ended up being a site about my life (or lack of it), binge drinking, and my dismal, yet terribly funny, attempts at getting a grrl or two or three...

I thoroughly enjoyed having a group of 20 friends and friends of friends reading about my antics which lead me to start studying english lit but finally gave it away due to the trouble with living life with an online diary.

I was never sure if it was particularly well written, funny, or even interesting, but it filled in my working days nicely ;)

Jack of all
Tuesday, July 08, 2003

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