Interesting question from Darren Rowse over at ProBlogger today: What’s wrong with blogging?
The interesting part was that although he invited responses, he stipulated that none of them should be positive.
They all had to point out deficiencies in the medium of blogging.
And when you’re asked to point out the deficiencies of something you’re passionate about you have to think. Hard.
So, having thought long and hard, here’s what I believe are two deficiencies in the medium of blogging:
Lack of Accountability
There are no codes of conduct for blogging and there are no checks and balances – as there are in journalism (editorial oversight) or novel writing (publishers)
The result is that the standard of writing is often poor (or terrible), the language used is often profane, and looseness with the truth is often frequent.
Therefore I would strongly support the formation of some kind of accreditation system for bloggers.
For example, on my travel site I have a Trust Earned Travel badge, which indicates to visitors that I adhere to certain professional standards on the site.
How about a Trust Earned Blogging accreditation?
In order to qualify, a blogger would have to agree to adhere to certain professional standards.
They would have to submit their blog for review before accreditation would be given, and there should be random follow-up reviews to ensure standards were maintained.
Technology makes it too easy for people to steal your work
I get seriously frustrated with people stealing my work. Especially when there’s no accreditation or links back to the site they took it from.
RSS is a great tool, but only when used correctly. Unfortunately there are a gazillion blogs out there that only contain other people’s content, which gets there via RSS.
These blogs add zero value since all the content on them has already been published elsewhere.
Only this morning I got 3 pingback moderation requests, all of which were from blogs that published articles of mine taken from my RSS feed.
At least they included links back to my original articles.
Unfortunately, the articles were all old and, therefore, not only offered that blog’s readers information that had already been published elsewhere, but information that was out of date.
I would strongly support some kind of ability to selectively cut off my RSS feed to blogs that were publishing my articles in this way.
So, continuing Darren’s question, what do you see as deficiencies in the medium of blogging? Leave an answer in a comment below or hop over to Darren’s article and leave an answer there.