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ARE BLOGS KILLING THE INTERNET? 

 

Enjoy this little sketch. Its meaning will  be discussed shortly.

 

                                    BLOG OFF!!!!

 

Captain’s Blog, Stardate June 27th 2007. 7.49 PM.  The crew don’t talk to one another any more.  They just send messages by the computer, and listen to Ipods all day.  I sent out a code red emergency. during a Romulan attack, but the crew only responded when I sent it out as a blog text.

 

“It’s most Illogical Captain”, Spock said the other day, in his blog comment on my  message…. I have e-mailed Starfleet for advice. I received an advert for Klingon Viagra in response. E-Space virus. Time for another red alert. 

 

Captain James T. Kirk, Boldly Blogging where no blog has been before….. 

 

 

It’s already getting like that sadly – people are forgetting to talk when they can blog, text or e-mail. Worse, mainstream website building is giving way increasingly to blog posting, were people can just cut and paste a message or a diary page into a preset format like Myspace or Blogitive.  Proper website construction is falling by the wayside.

 

I do have some blogs. I use them primarily as a friend’s network and as a supplement to my main website – not as a substitute.

 

Some blogs are  worth reading – others are dreadful – just as with web sites.  Most diary format  blogs put the latest entries on the top of the page. New readers will find it  exasperating that  the messages are sequels and updates on ongoing  threads  posted   at earlier dates. This means that the reader either has to catch up by trawling through earlier messages 9often listed only by date).

 

Some bloggers don’t add links to other sites, or Youtube, and Myspace videos – they simply cut and paste the videos right onto their own pages, in disregard of copyright or permission seeking.

 

With many blogs, banner ads, links to other pages  on the blog site, and friend’s links  often take up more of the screen than the actual text messages.  Some bloggers  use such fancy graphics and colours that the text becomes near impossible to read anyway. Such blogs usually  deter me from reading from the outset.  I like to see what someone has to say. If I have to  go through excess packaging, advertising, and  distractions, I’ll probably just abandon  the  blog site unread. 

 

Many bloggers also fail to  leave a contact e-mail addressor  link to any site other than their own personal blog, hoping that they will have an exclusive  control of any surfer who  lands there -  but believe me – blogs are not like a Venus Fly Trap – if you  don’t please the reader, the reader will leave and never return. A blog, like a novel, has to grip the reader from the outset.

 

Arthur Chappell.

 

                                                LINKS

 

There are several websites offering tips on better ways to blog.

 

http://pub31.bravenet.com/freelink/show.php?usernum=2611862504  add a
link

http://www.blogsoldiers.com/  blog soldiers

http://eblogzilla.com/  eblogzilla

http://www.blogexplosion.com/  blogexplosion

http://www.grudd.com/  Grudd.

 

Arthur Chappell

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