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Oh Boy, It’s Pointless Blog Awards Time Again

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There is something seriously wrong with the blog world when Blogcritics is not among the top few contenders in this . Please, do me and Blogcritics a favor and cast a vote for “Best Group Blog” here, and do it everyday (one vote per day is what the site says.) Seriously, the world has had enough of these boring, mostly one-sided political blogs, no need to give this crap awards for being noisy. I am very glad to say I recognized only a couple sites that I read listed there. Consider it an honor not to be nominated, people. Most of this stuff is the same ol’ same ol’ – just a bunch of half-sensible, far left-leaning political BS. It gets very boring very quickly.

I don’t get why blogs have wound up being political. Or technology-related. I’d much rather read about a person’s life, their interests, etc., not a bunch of links to political or tech stories and their opinions on them. Really, my own site isn’t even a true “blog” – I don’t log my travels around the web, so the contraction of “blog” means nothing with regards to my site. Nearly everything I write is of a personal nature. It is my journal, my diary of sorts, but it’s not private. And that’s all I’m interested in finding in other sites. What’s amazing to me is that the most popular sites, the andrewsullivan.coms, etc., are all non-personal, almost entirely political-content driven sites. Yawn. It’s like people don’t want to see the personality behind things. Or they don’t want to reveal their personality. Why bother with all this, then? It’s so meaningless if it isn’t about you. Here’s to meaning, here’s to personality. All of you linked on my site, thank you for being you. Here’s to you.

(Unproductivity thanks you for being special and pretty.)

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  • http://www.johnnytheo.com john o

    You know I take offense to your comments regarding how most of the blogs in The Best Group Blog category are

    “Most of this stuff is the same ol’ same ol’ – just a bunch of half-sensible, far left-leaning political BS. It gets very boring very quickly.

    I don’t get why blogs have wound up being political. Or technology-related. I’d much rather read about a person’s life, their interests, etc., not a bunch of links to political or tech stories and their opinions on them. “

    I am suprised you haven’t stopped by Johnnytheo.com which is neither political or tech. It is a conglomerate of people from the UK, USA, Canada, India and Australia that create a true blog. What is being thought here and now in real time. We try to avoid political posts and focus on the everyday combined with personal tidbits.

    I’d suggest put the ego in check and come back down to earth before you start talking about vast liberal technology blog conspiracies.

    By the way, keep up the good work, BlogCritics is pretty good most of the time.

  • http://www.blogbloke.com BB

    Well Tom.. I guess you’ve been told. And golly gee john o, no offence intended BUT maybe that’s why they call it BlogCRITICS.

    My blog just happens to be political, tech, the arts, personal or anything else that comes to mind. That’s the beauty of blogging. Anyone can publish what they want when they want – and that’s a good thing.

    All the best john o and we hope you enjoy the increased traffic from posting at Blogcritics.

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks Tom, I always think we should win stuff due to our winning ways.

  • jadester

    lol.
    I would suggest that instead of self-congratulatory “awards”, we should be tryign to raise awareness of blogging and the vast range of different styles of blogs out there. Blogging may have made the news on cable/in the US, but at least here in england it’s pretty much unknown (except for the bloggers themselves). Granted, just because you raise awareness it doesn’t mean mroe people will actually *want* to read, but if they don’t know about it they can’t decide.
    Personally, i may try and get some traffic to blogcritics.org during the xmas holiday, but i’m one blogger, porrly-equipped and poorly-conencted at that. There must be bloggers out there with the capability to raise awareness much more.

  • Eric Olsen

    I agree there is a long way to go, but I am also astonished how far blogging HAS penetrated into the public consciousness. When I started in Feb 2002 there was so little recognition in the mainstream press and among the public that you could keep track of the press stories about blogging and daily traffic of 500 was a big freaking deal. Now there are hundreds of blogs that get that kind of traffic, dozens that get more than 1000 a day, several that get in the tens-of-thousands, and that isn’t even counting the blogs that actually appear in mainstream publications.

    A very substantial percentage of our readers aren’t bloggers, may not read too many other blogs, and see us as a “legit” publication.

    I love to see us do well in blog polls, but we have also transcended the blog community and this is a great thing. I see this trend only continuing.

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    You know I take offense to your comments regarding how most of the blogs in The Best Group Blog category . . .

    If you’ll notice what I actually said, I said MOST. I haven’t visited your site, but will. If you’re not political or tech oriented, congratulations, you’re not MOST blogs.

    I’d suggest put the ego in check and come back down to earth before you start talking about vast liberal technology blog conspiracies.

    No ego to put in check, O. I posted my opinion, which is that these awards are basically stupid, and, regardless of that, it’s a real shame Blogcritics isn’t high up in the rankings. Try not to take things you see on the internet so personally. It makes it more fun.

    Jadester, you should put your URL in when you post a comment. I’ve only ever seen your email address. You’ll get hits just from people curiously clicking your name to see where it goes.

  • Eric Olsen

    By the way, our traffic – now at a very steady 7000 uniques a day on weekdays – has very little to do with blog links. We are in the top 15 of traffic and we are way down the list of link sites. We get links from Blogcritics members but not that many other blogs, unlike the vast majority of blogs that are dependent upon the circle jerking linking circus.

    We love links, want links, but are kind of out of that loop now. It’s hard enough just getting our own members to link to individual stories, and I was doing some poking around yesterday and to my amazement found there are even plenty of Blogcritics members who don’t have Blogcritics listed prominently in their blogrolls. If you do, thanks very much, if you don’t, I give up.

  • http://www.johnnytheo.com john o

    Tom,

    thanks for taking the time out to respond. I was a bit worried we were going to head down the ultimately boring web fight – left vs right / even though I couldn’t give a shit!!

    Cheers matie.

  • http://www.iamrighturpie.blogspot.com jadester

    ah yes, i always forget that URL bit of the comments form
    I’m also still exploring the Blogspot site functions and what they do. therefore, my site has no blogroll at present, i’m afraid.
    i sometimes link to my posts on blogcritics but atm, whilst my blog is now active, i’m using it primarily as a store of the stuff i write here at blogcritics. Perhaps over the xmas holiday i’ll have time to write some stuff there that i don’t post on blogcritics, and vice vera, giving a better reason to link.

  • http://mcfrank.blogspot.com Chris Arabia

    who the hell is urpie?

    eric, from ring around the rosie to circle jerks all within 24 hours… well done.

  • http://www.iamrighturpie.blogspot.com/ jadester

    it’s short for “you are pie” as in “i am right, you are pie”, a silly reference to Weebl And Bob. It seemed a good idea at the time, and i’m damned if i’m gonna change it just because it’s too stupid a name.

  • http://mcfrank.blogspot.com Chris Arabia

    i think it’s more that i’m not fluent in british…

  • http://www.unproductivity.com Tom Johnson

    “Mmmm, pie. Bob like pie. When you come back, bring pie!”

  • Eric Olsen

    Thanks Chris, it’s called “circular thinking.”

  • http://danielsan.org Dan

    Don’t look at the awards as “self-congratulatory”, look at them as just another way of heightening awareness. I’ve discovered several new sites that I enjoy thanks to the awards.

  • http://www.iamrighturpie.blogspot.com/ jadester

    my point is, that for people who aren’t already aware of blogs/blogging, these awards will do, well, nothing. They don’t contribute towards raising peoples’ awareness outside of those who already know about blogs and blogging, and belive me, the people who are unaware are by far the majority

  • http://www.blogbloke.com BB

    Besides being a medium for self expression and publishing your views, the best thing about Blogs is the ability to share information within the blogoshpere community. If Blog Awards heightens awareness in that respect then it is a good thing. If it only serves to pad the ego of self-congratulatory narcisstics, well then who needs it.

  • Eric Olsen

    I think ultimately they are a method of taking stock and perhaps getting a look at sites you otherwise might not have been exposed to – those are good things.

  • http://www.blogbloke.com BB

    I suppose so Eric, but there are other ways to accomplish the same thing without silly awards. But then again I’ve always been cynical about any type of awards shows (perhaps because I’ve never been nominated myself ;-)

  • Eric Olsen

    BB, of course they’re silly but we play along in case we win!

  • Igor

    “Superior”?!
    To what?
    A crayon wielding 5 year old?!
    MWUUUUAAAAHHHH!!

    The blogging here is almost as pretentious as a Marilyn Manson video.

    A blog is a blog.
    Read it, maybe even take part in it, or don’t bother.
    If you can’t make up your own mind as to what’s worth reading, and what’s not, then maybe you are the crayon wielding 5 year old.

  • Igor

    Oh, I forgot.
    Someone sounds p!ssed because they didn’t get a nomination.

    Diddums.

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