Thursday, 5 February 2009

Respect the blog!

Although the post this links to is a week old now, I've only just discovered it. I hadn't read the Times on-line article (entitled with almost tabloid-style alarm: 'Danger Online: Perils of Revealing Every Intimate Moment') before. But having only written recently myself about this amazing on-line community of bloggers, it's serendipity that Don Mills Diva should have made her stand. If you haven't read her post, click the link above. And if you value what you do here in the blog-o-sphere, then say so: put the 'Write On' button on your side bar and step up!
Clearly, someone out there dislikes bloggers. It's rather odd for a national newspaper to talk disapprovingly of people 'surrendering their privacy', still less one of the Murdoch stable asking whether there isn't a temptation in blogging to 'expose more and more of yourself, like a striptease artist'.
Personally, I regard blogs and bloggers as the on-line equivalent of independent publishers. We may not have the audience (and certainly not the money) of the big guns, but what we say is often worth reading in its own right - not just because some journalist (or more likely, editor) has decided that it's what his readers (and it's usually a 'him') will want to read. We get to read about the people we are interested in, people with something to say and a story to tell.
Newspaper circulation is in free-fall; if it wasn't for advertising revenue, there'd be no national broadsheets, and not many tabloids. And how much longer are advertisers going to pay for something that is dwindling in effectiveness? Long-live the independent blogger!

30 comments:

  1. One hundred percent agreement from me!

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  2. Completely laughable isn't it. My heart bleeds for them.

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  3. We are all entitled to our opinions - some people get paid to write their opinions in newspapers, other of us write them on our blogs.

    We can present as much - or as little - of ourselves as we wish. We happen to live in a free society where individuals can express their individuality in many ways. One of them is blogging. I take the privilege of free speech very seriously.

    I clicked over to Twitter after reading The Times article. Never been there before ... I don't 'get' it. I don't 'get' Facebook either, but it doesn't mean I feel it's ok to criticise those who do. Why can't people live and let live? If someone is doing something they enjoy, and it's not hurting anyone else, what's the problem?

    Sorry ... I went on a bit didn't I? *blush*

    x

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  4. I am terrified that someone from my work will find my blog one day. I'm pretty careful to leave specific details and names out that might bring my blog up if they google specific words.

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  5. Totally with you, Dott, and I shall be blogging on this with the button of Right On Blogging tomorrow!

    Good for you!

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  6. I came across this Times article by reading a blog from Oklahoma. The fact that I became aware of this interesting article from someone deep inside the US just shows the power of blogging.

    Blogging is power to the "little people" of the world who otherwise wouldn't have a voice at all.

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  7. Absolutely. I find blogs much more informative, interesting and intelligent than most newspapers. Long live the blog!

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  8. I stopped reading newspapers some years ago as factual reporting became replaced by sensationalism and the celebrity culture boomed.

    However, if I owned a big newspaper and found out that people would rather read blogs, I would want to criticise them too.

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  9. Well, D/T, I think a lot of people's attitudes are sadly like my Husbands towards blogging. When i asked him many moons ago what blogging was (the rest is history of course), he said that it was what sad and lonely and odd people do.

    Now of course, i laugh up my sleeve at that one. Little does he know about my secret and exciting double life in cyber-space. And i have never found it remotely sad or futile or whatever.

    But that article does not surprise me simply because "outsiders" don't really get it.

    Husband reads the Independent - now THATS sad xxxx

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  10. Thanks for linking to this article. I had missed it as well. I do not understand all this hype against blogging. What harm can this do? Even though people as far as in Utah or as near as Leeds find out who I am and where I live, what's gonna happen? I haven't disclosed my bank details or my personal PIN codes...So, do I really think that someone would bother to come around and check whether I really have a hamster named Lily? Long live freedom of communication! Hunbugs to the timesonline!!! Have a nice weekend! Ciao. Antonella
    PS I think Facebook could be much more "invasive" than blogs.

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  11. Loving your new header Mr Dotts!!
    Humbug to journalists.
    Sx

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  12. I had Proctor and Gamble show up on my site meter today. Tee Hee.
    Sx

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  13. I had seen a link to this article on another blog. Nobody makes anybody write a blog or read a blog. Has this jounalist got something to be afraid of?

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  14. Here Here!

    This piece was not even a thinly vieled attempt at disuading the reading and/or writing of blogs (very Orwellian). It occurs to me that Mr. Murdoch has long been one of the largest preveyors of rag journalism. I'd say this is a case of the pot calling the kettle black, HOWEVER I hesitate to put the vastly more tallented and orginal writters of blogs into the same catagory with many of Murdoch's publications.

    We are the wave of the future, and the robber barrons of the past are smiply running scared, clutching their bags of money and refusing to believe that many of us do it better!

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  15. I hadn't seen this so I'm glad you found it. I love blogging and I don't care what the "proper writer" folk think! I shall put up a Respect The Blog post too!

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  16. YAY for us!

    A revolution is definitely afoot - thanks for your support!

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  17. Yay! i mentioned it in my blog as did other bloggers of my acquaintance. All of us are in agreement.

    What is their problem? Really, it's insane.

    Blogging is fantastic. Go Team.

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  18. Where did you get your great new blog header?

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  19. What was ultimately so laughable about that article is that it was put there and spun the way it was specifically in order to promote somebody's BOOK which is being flogged through the Times website on special offer. It's perfectly clear that it's all about the money. Of course people working 'for free' are a huge threat. Or people working for themselves and not toeing the party (read corporate money) line.
    I am an avid blogger and I enjoy many aspects of social networking. I think it's a 21st century Gen X and beyond thing. I DO think that we all are readily consumed by the lure of the connectivity of the internet and the possibilities it offers, but this is social evolution and will play out as it does.
    Regardless of these potential issues, blogging is an incredible tool for people to express themselves and be heard/seen which is a natural desire of the creative self.

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  20. What was ultimately so laughable about that article is that it was put there and spun the way it was specifically in order to promote somebody's BOOK which is being flogged through the Times website on special offer. It's perfectly clear that it's all about the money. Of course people working 'for free' are a huge threat. Or people working for themselves and not toeing the party (read corporate money) line.
    I am an avid blogger and I enjoy many aspects of social networking. I think it's a 21st century Gen X and beyond thing. I DO think that we all are readily consumed by the lure of the connectivity of the internet and the possibilities it offers, but this is social evolution and will play out as it does.
    Regardless of these potential issues, blogging is an incredible tool for people to express themselves and be heard/seen which is a natural desire of the creative self.

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  21. What was ultimately so laughable about that article is that it was put there and spun the way it was specifically in order to promote somebody's BOOK which is being flogged through the Times website on special offer. It's perfectly clear that it's all about the money. Of course people working 'for free' are a huge threat. Or people working for themselves and not toeing the party (read corporate money) line.
    I am an avid blogger and I enjoy many aspects of social networking. I think it's a 21st century Gen X and beyond thing. I DO think that we all are readily consumed by the lure of the connectivity of the internet and the possibilities it offers, but this is social evolution and will play out as it does.
    Regardless of these potential issues, blogging is an incredible tool for people to express themselves and be heard/seen which is a natural desire of the creative self.

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  22. What was ultimately so laughable about that article is that it was put there and spun the way it was specifically in order to promote somebody's BOOK which is being flogged through the Times website on special offer. It's perfectly clear that it's all about the money. Of course people working 'for free' are a huge threat. Or people working for themselves and not toeing the party (read corporate money) line.
    I am an avid blogger and I enjoy many aspects of social networking. I think it's a 21st century Gen X and beyond thing. I DO think that we all are readily consumed by the lure of the connectivity of the internet and the possibilities it offers, but this is social evolution and will play out as it does.
    Regardless of these potential issues, blogging is an incredible tool for people to express themselves and be heard/seen which is a natural desire of the creative self.

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  23. What was ultimately so laughable about that article is that it was put there and spun the way it was specifically in order to promote somebody's BOOK which is being flogged through the Times website on special offer. It's perfectly clear that it's all about the money. Of course people working 'for free' are a huge threat. Or people working for themselves and not toeing the party (read corporate money) line.
    I am an avid blogger and I enjoy many aspects of social networking. I think it's a 21st century Gen X and beyond thing. I DO think that we all are readily consumed by the lure of the connectivity of the internet and the possibilities it offers, but this is social evolution and will play out as it does.
    Regardless of these potential issues, blogging is an incredible tool for people to express themselves and be heard/seen which is a natural desire of the creative self.

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  24. OK but bear in mind two things:

    1. When the entire workforce of the global newspaper industry is on the dole, don't complain - it's partly our fault.

    2. Everything, but EVERYTHING, you put on the web - Facebook, Twitter, blogging - is there forever. You can commit Facebook suicide, take down your blog, there will always be a record somewhere, which some people - and not just the intelligence services - can access. If you're considering a career in politics, don't write a candid blog.

    That said, I'm putting the Write On badge on mine.

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  25. My dear friend Nappy Valley Girl was mentioned in the article, which I read with utter bemusement. Newspapers showing paranoia? Is it just that many blogs are better written, more informative and interesting than newspaper columns?

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  26. Where is Charlie's beautiful photo??? I miss his smile so much! Please bring it on again. Ciao. Antonella

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  27. Oh, sorry Antonella - I'll put it back soon, I promise!

    Thanks to eveyone else for the positive comments, too. We've been out of range for a couple of days so I've not been able to respond, and now the list is too long to go back to the beginning.

    Oh, and there's more of this kind of thing on Nappy Valley Girl's blog today.

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  28. I love the new header. Have a sneaking suspicion it shows hours of delightfully wasted time playing with photoshop rather than doing what you were supposed to be doing - but great! All to our benefit!!

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  29. Not exactly, Catherine. In fact, it's a few seconds work here:
    http://ruletheweb.co.uk/b3ta/bus/

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