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April 02, 2006

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Jeremiah Owyang

I think this is interesting, because you're suggesting this is what blogging was 'supposed' to be as bespoke by the cluetrain manifesto. I've been hearing other people saying very similiar things as well.

Have you read "All marketers are liars" by Seth Godin? The title is misleading, he really suggests that consumers want to be 'lied to' and for others to tell them stories. Kind of reminds me of the memesites, the readers are fueling this.

BenGoering

Tru Dat

Ricky

There is nothing like the using the word "ethics" itself when you fancy a spot of linkbaiting, especially when you put it in the title of your posting.

I'd like to show you an example of what I'm talking about, but I'm not going to trackback or link to anything with this comment as a form of silent protest.

Gary Wisniewski

Yes, Ricky, I expected somebody to say that. I should make it clear that I don't feel "I'm above that kind of stuff" and am certainly not claiming I'm any kind of "ethical beacon". In fact, blogging has shown me that if you have something to say, and want people to read it, getting links is important.

However, there's a fine line between "link baiting" and "promoting". I don't claim to know where it is. But, when a new post appears on a popular blog and people "pounce" with instant, no-brainer posts and comments, that's link baiting, and adds no value, just noise. I tried to say something useful, not just gripe, and gave it some thought. Best I can do.

Percy

I've been finding the same thing as well; it seems like the quality of content has gone down quite a bit. Sometimes, I wonder if people post just for the sake of posting. I've unsubscribed from quite a few of the "A-listers" because it's getting tiresome to read them lately.

tamir berkman

Thanks Gary.
Lately I felt that if I’m not posting every day I can't call myself a blogger. But when you think about it, posting every day just for the sake of getting your juices flowing is too close to spamming the blogosphere. I’m keeping my posts irregular and hopefully meaningful.

Trial By Fire Reader

Has anyone seen www.earthcapsule.com? It's new, cool and an important way to have the future know what really happened. It's like a permanent blog and the best thing to go up since Mozilla!

Allen

A-listers? I didn't even know there was a list...

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