I thought that blogging was something that would bring unfettered publishing to us – the masses. It would give us a voice, somewhere to laugh, yell, praise and abuse. It would be chaotic yet in that chaos it would be a wonderful thing because of the lack of structure. And yet it’s being pushed into order, into boxes,
categories tags and everything needs to be classified. Why ? Why are things like micro-formats being pushed, tags praised and structured blogging being seen as the ‘in thing’ ? Surely this all tries to put order where there is none and none may be wanted.
I couldn’t give a flying one about all that stuff. Why ? Because I just blog. That is all I want to do. I can see that if you have a specific interest (a tech blog, a sushi blog) that certain methods of blogging may come in useful to you, but because of all the noise about this, it’s raising the bar to blogging. I see comments such as “I don’t know how to blog” – that’s not the fault of the person saying that – it’s the fault of what we call the ‘blogosphere’ having and pushing these notions and making it seem like the default.
It just doesn’t matter. Structured blogging. I can see that being used by sploggers. Tags – who cares ? Web2.0 – it’s all hot air. Sheep. That’s what many people pushing this junk want us to be – sheep. They want us to ’embrace’ their methods – and probably just so that they can sell out later and in doing so sell your data.
If weblogs are about personal publishing, then I fail to see how these approaches do anything but make it impersonal.