Two days ago someone posted in a not so popular magazine’s blog an article that starts with these words :
Thinking about launching your own blog? Here’s some friendly advice: Don’t. And if you’ve already got one, pull the plug.
And he continued his rant with this paragraph :
Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.
And he went on and on with his argument. Honestly, some of his points have merit but when you look at the article as a whole it loses its power. One thing that you will notice is that the writer is just trying to bait some links. He knows that many bloggers would react and blog their reaction about his article and of course he will earn a lot of inbound links which would help Wired magazine’s n/a pagerank. The very fact that he used a blog to publish an article about the futility of starting a blog now defeats his argument. If he really thinks that blogging is a thing of the past he should have used a different avenue to announce it to us. But the poor link baiter is using the best way to announce something, he used blogging.
Now he won’t have any inbound link from me because I did not give him what he wants. If you are interested about reading his article just Google it. But I doubt if his article would come up high in your search because his article is in a magazine’s blog with n/a pagerank.