Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Blog Haters and Blogophobes

more trouble for the blogosphere in 2005 Posted by Hello

If you read such items
as the Business Week
"Cheers and Sneers
for the Blogosphere"
compilation of edited
reader comments to

the Business Week article
"Blogs will change your business"
May 2, 2005 cover story

...you'll discover there
now exist two anti-blog attitudes:

Blog Haters
Blog Fearers (blogophobes)


Blog Haters try to make
the blogosphere seem
like it's full of:

* mundane personal trivia

* reckless accusations

* lies, slander, and fanaticism

* communications anarchy

Blog Haters try to make
the blogosphere seem
like it's the domain of
nothing but:

* chattering teens

* bored geeky shut-ins

* eccentric CEOs

* consultants and marketing pundits

* political extremists

* wannabe, amateur, citizen journalists


Blogophobes, those who
don't hate blogs, but

are afraid of blogs,

don't understand blogs,

or wish to avoid the
blog core values of

transparency, honesty,
interactive conversations
with customers, etc.,

they dismiss blogs as:

* not influential

* frivolous

* difficult to differentiate

* difficult to use as mass
marketing broadcast medium

* time-consuming

* difficult to maintain audience interest

* difficult to attract readership

* doomed to disappear

Some are saying: "There are so many blogs out there, how can mine have any impact?"

Isn't this like saying: "There are so many business cards, brochures, television commercials, magazine ads, store signs, corporate logos, catalogs, slogans, mission statements...how could mine have any impact?"

I proclaim that
many of those
who hate or fear blogs...

...also hate or fear
or refuse to implement

the 9 Blog Core Values.

The naysayers, the cynics and gloom-doomers are focusing on the failures, excesses, mistakes, controversies, deficiencies, and other problems with blogs, as blogs evolve and establish their place in a personal or organizational communications mix.

We must appreciate the negative attitudes toward blogging.

We must welcome harsh critique and anti-hype observations.

The blogosphere, still an infant communications tool,
remains the fasted adopted medium in history.

The blog is the hero of the web.

Blogs enable us all to have
a platform from which to
express facts, figures, and feelings.

I shout loudly the Blog Battlecry:

"web content
publishing power

to the people,
to small businesses,
to family members,
to clubs and faiths,
to scientists,
to democracy advocates,
to social activists,
to citizen journalists,
to personal diarists,

to everything that is
humanity enhancing."

The blogosphere is experiencing turbulence.

Let us pilot our blogs
ethically, and triumphantly
through the troubled waters.



What do YOU think?

Post a comment...or email me YOUR opinion.



P.S. Business Week now has
its own blog:





[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate aka Leopold the Told

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