Do Blogs Suck?

I just finished reading a lengthy and thought provoking post on the blog at WhyDoWork.com that highlights some of the flaws and limitations of blogs. The criticisms are from the point of view of someone who is looking for relevant information about making money online. John Chow is used an example of a popular blogger. If you go to JohnChow.com and spend a portion of your free time reading his advice and opinions, you may not be seeing the big picture on a given topic. If you find an active forum thread that relates to the same topic, you will find more opinions and you may find some information that is more useful. Another minus for blogs is the possibility that critical responses may be deleted.

I don’t delete critical comments, but I think the approval process itself discourages people from commenting. I went to full moderation during a critical period of the Kimkins stuff because people were making comments that started with ‘Please don’t post.’

I think that I will remove the moderation soon, allowing any post that is not caught by the spam catcher to be published immediately.[edit: I am presently not moderating comments, anyone who is not in Akismet’s bad books and does not have more than two outgoing links will have their comment instantly posted.]

I think one disadvantage with forums is the volume of information/chat that can eat up your free time while you wade through it looking for information that is of value. The best example that I can think of in this regard is the Why the fascination with Kimmer? thread(s) on the Low Carb Friends board. This forum has been a valuable source of information for the Kimkins story, but I do not read it. I wait for other people to read it and quote the interesting stuff in blogs. For the uninitiated who might want to read these threads, be warned, there are 12 threads totaling 42,675 replies and counting.




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2 Responses to “Do Blogs Suck?”

  1. 2BIG Says:

    they are not blogs and that is a good thing.

    there is a lot of frienships being shared in those topics too something blogs can’t do. there is a lot of healing going on in those 12 topics too as folk who were conned by Kimkins.com and Kimmer realize what fools they have been believing her lies and need to express their anger and get information about what to do next. again something they can’t do visiting blogs. they need information about how to join the lawsuit http://kimkinslawsuit.wordpress.com/2007/11/15/download-the-affidavit-or-declaration-form/ something they can’t get from a blog unless they know what blog to go to for the information so the LCFs facination topic has become a catch all for information gathering about kimmer and her minions, a sharing of experiences from dealing with kimmer as you and your wife expoerienced yoursleves, discussion of possible leads in ways to help prevent more victims and even angry exchanged over differences in opinions again something a blog can’t give. Blogs have their place but witrhout the facination threads the red dressed kimmer would never have been uncovered nor the 34 other fake success stories. that effort was orgainized and coordinated right there in the facination topic where we could complain to each other about looking at all those 1000s of pictures of russian brides and grooms and check back with each other about possible finds and learn why a certain redressed lady wasn’t the real read dressed lady we were seeking. yes blogs have a very useful place in communicating information but the LCFs facination topic is much more then a blog.

  2. Martin Says:

    I agree with the bulk of your comment, 2BIG. A trend that I am noticing lately are bloggers who include a forum on their website. You need to have an engaging or useful blog topic, or just be really popular, otherwise the forum can become a very lonely place. I actually built a forum for another blog of mine when I was reviewing one of the providers of forum hosting. It is presumably a virtual ghost town at this point, I don’t even go there. It was easy to build and it looked quite snazzy.

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