This post about how blogs suck now reminds me that yesterday was my sixth anniversary as a blogger. I agree with many of the points listed, particularly the decline of linking culture. In my early days, I had a few posts linked by bigger blogs — now such a thing is clearly impossible (except when I manage to cajole Bitch PhD into llinking something). That has made me very discouraged about blogging about much of anything and has turned The Weblog into little more than a series of open threads, that little more more being Erika’s food posts and my TV posts in their better moments. Why bother coming up with a compelling, well-documented argument when no one will ever see it? The possibility of wide exposure was what motivated bloggers to produce such good work for free — we shouldn’t be surprised to see a rapid decline in quality among non-career bloggers.
My experience with AUFS, however, makes me think that a lot of these problems are limited to political and other “general interest” blogs. In a more niche environment such as theology or continental philosophy blogging, linking culture is much better — though still not nearly as good as the “good old days” of mainline blogging, since conventions like crediting the person who alerted you to a link are widely ignored — and it’s still possible for quality to be rewarded with attention from an informed audience. Maybe not probable, but possible.
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