Having abominable internet connectivity issues right now, so blogging is disrupted. Thought I'd bounce this comment from Ernest up to top level, since it's a direct rebuttal to my previous post. Enjoy!
Don't listen to him, Sheri! Here's why you shouldn't write a blog:
- Remember that the difference between "blog" and "Borg" is only one letter... don't be assimilated! Every idiot in creation now seems to be convinced that we want to know what his opinion is, and busily sets about cluttering up the 'Net with it. (OK, not all of them are idiots -- vide supra. But 99.5% of all blogs are self-centered garbage.)
- Blogs are destroying journalism. Readers unfortunately give blogs as much credence as the legitimate media, with disastrous consequences for the political process, since blogs have no tradition of objectivity, even-handedness, or obligation to tell the truth. Because printing used to be expensive, we give printed words more credit than spoken ones -- someone who printed his words was truly putting his money where his mouth was. But blogs cost nothing, with the result that they give undeserved weight to what might otherwise be the rantings of a street-corner lunatic.
- Writing takes time. Good writing takes longer. Blogging is unpaid work that takes time away from what you're really supposed to be doing. I write when I'm paid to write or when it serves my business interests; otherwise, I've got more important things to do, like taking a walk or reading... a BOOK.
- For more reasons not to blog, see: http://www.designersnotebook.com/No_Weblog/no_weblog.htm