The Blog Police

Recently, I came across an article from a mob that I usually quite like, Performancing, who specialise in professional blogging.

In this article, Ten Signs of a Cheap Blog, the author goes on to put down things such as anyone who does not host their own site, blogs with coloured backgrounds, fixed width sites and those sites that use the default template.

I thought that blogs were supposed to be designed to eliminate the barriers between those with something to say and those at the other end of the internet.

An old music teacher of mine was into jazz in a big way. It was his life. One of his pet peeves - and source of much cringing - was how the so called Jazz Police would rock up to a gig (whether it be his or not) and go on about things like how the pianist was not worth his salt because he used an Ionian scale instead of Dorian in a certain passage of music. They were missing the point. How did the music feel? How did the crowd feel about it? What did they themselves think about it? These were the important questions they chose to ignore.

Blogging was meant to bring publishing to the masses. Anyone should be able to take the path of least resistance to getting their message out there. They should not have to hire a team of designers and coders.

I, too, am partial to an attractively presented blog. But if someone has something to say then I want to hear it. It doesn't matter much how it is presented, just that it is presented. Along those lines, if they happen to earn a buck saying it I still don't care too much if it has a blogspot or typepad domain. Search engines and bookmarking almost render URLs insignificant as a UI issue anyway.

I hope the Blog Police are not missing the point here, too.
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