So… I’m blogging again after some time away which is good, I guess.
Except that everything that kind of bummed me out about the blogosphere a year ago now appears to have been multiplied to the power of ten. Hm. That didn’t take long. What happened?
I wander innocently onto the Parent Bloggers Facebook page and there I read about a whole new brand of blogger: The Blagger. Apparently there are real people who set up a blog solely for the purpose of receiving bungs and freebies, who then spend their time sending begging letters to companies in the hope of scoring stuff to review. Damn. Really? Is that fun at all? Because seriously, if only you could see my face right now. Incredulous is not even the word.
And so this, going out to blaggers everywhere: did you know you’re sucking the juice out of my internets with your grasping, soulless ways? Tell you what, I’ll give you a free biro if you fuck off elsewhere, how’s that?
As well, everything is just sooo slick these days. For example, lots of folk now seem to have this thing on their home page where instead of the entire, most recent blog post, what you have are small snippets from various different posts which you then have to click on if you want to ‘read more’. For some reason I feel irrationally annoyed by this. I hate the snippet thing. Either give me something to read or don’t, I don’t want to have to click through dammit. I can’t tell from just a snippet whether or not I want to read the full article. I have my speedy scanning skills for that. And you can’t scan a snippet.
Oooh, now then. I think I may just have inadvertently come up with something profound. You can’t scan a snippet you know. Fuck me, that’s positively Shakespearean. It means you can’t possibly make an informed decision based on limited information, geddit?
Anyhoo, I also observe that everyone is still discussing how to label sponsored/paid for/review type posts in such a way as to ensure the maximum amount of people are conned into reading them, whilst neatly avoiding any possible accusations relating to a lack of integrity. I mean good luck to y’all and everything but, yawn. Wherein lyeth the problem internet peoples? You write a post that you are in any way rewarded for, with goods, links, money, whatever, and you label it. Clearly. At the top. Easy peasy. Has to be at the top though. Especially if you do the snippet thing.
Also captcha is still crap. But that’s nothing new.
There is, however, some good news. My Klout score appears to have gone up in my absence. Didn’t have to do a frigging thing. No doubt I should be delighted. Except that I have vague memories of Klout being the site that once told me I was an internet authority on pizza. Which was weird. Because I’m not a pizza blogger.
Talking of weird, my son spent a good chunk of yesterday afternoon pretending to be a bobble hat. I would feel better if someone was able to say to me, not to worry, their child was forever pretending to be a bobble hat too. But I think that’s unlikely.
Anyway, I digress…
Gah I don’t know, perhaps I’m just the blogging equivalent of an old git who starts all their sentences with, “during the war”. But time was when the blogosphere was a cozy, heartwarming place. When we were all just a small bunch of self absorbed nerds who liked to read about each others days. We were blogging to be heard, and to connect with each other. I mean there’s still a lot of love and camaraderie around, I do feel and appreciate that. But its pitched against this huge, noisy background of rampant marketeering and commercialisation, and me no likey.
Let’s take it back to the old school, that’s what I say. Retrograde blogging people! It’s the future! Repeat after me!