What Are the Problems With Blogging?

Person with problemInteresting 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.

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not only offered that blog’s readers information that had already been published elsewhere, but information that was out of date.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.

Martin Malden

What do you think?

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  • Karin H Feb 18, 2010 @ 19:36

    Hi Martin

    One simple question for you: who will accredit the accrediters? 😉

    Karin H (Keep It Simple Sweetheart, specially in business)

    • Martin Feb 19, 2010 @ 6:55

      Karin, hi,

      Well I guess there would need to be some commitment by a group of professional bloggers to get together, agree on the standards and set up the accreditation process.

      They would then need to let people know about it, and find ways to promote the value of being accredited so that people became keen to get the badge.

      It would, at least initially, need to be a group of A-list bloggers that people knew and respected, and it would need to be set up and run professionally so that people quickly became confident in the process.

      Those are some initial thoughts, at any rate.



  • Karin H Feb 19, 2010 @ 16:54

    Remember what happened to the Z-list?
    And what would happen next: them deciding what subjects are allowed to write about and what opinion you should hold about the subject? Live and let live.

    My readers will accredit me, that’s more than enough for me. Creativity, no matter how lousy spelled or grammatical in order or out of order, should not be policed.

    Karin H
    .-= Karin H´s last blog ..Pipeline marketing – going beyond AWeber part 4 – inside insight =-.

    • Martin Feb 19, 2010 @ 20:58

      I don’t remember the Z list …

      I hear what you say, but no one would be forced to become accredited.

      If someone decided they didn’t want to be reviewed or to adhere to whatever standards were set, then they would just continue as they are.

      Plus, if the accreditors started dictating what should and should not be written about or discussed, the system would very quickly fail – people would remove the accreditation badges and go their own sweet way.

      Certainly it could never become any form of censorship function – it would die as soon as anyone tried that.

      Becoming accredited would be purely voluntary and, therefore, it would have to be beneficial. If it wasn’t beneficial no one would do it and the entire system would fail.


  • Karin H Feb 19, 2010 @ 21:56

    The Z-list was a “famous” list introduced by Seth Goding a few years ago (end of 2006 if memory serves). The list contained bloggers, not A-bloggers, but those respected by many others.

    On its own a good idea, until Seth tried to get everyone promoting the Z-list through a new feature on his Squidoo lenses – which resulted in a terrible “row” between followers, demoting blogs they didn’t know or to improve the ratings of their own blog or favourite blogger.

    Havoc ruled! In the end a “regulator” had to be appointed and the whole thing died a silent death, fortunately.

    Went and found my original post on the subject:

    What I mean is: the blogoshpere is full with little jewels, great diamonds all next to each other – just waiting to be found, discovered and enjoyed. Let everyone write the way he/she wants to write – bad spelling or in a poor way. Who are we to judge?
    And who are we to have the need to belong an accredited A-list favourites. Not me, I’m happy as I am, writing double Dutch English as I go – but with a passion.

    Karin H
    .-= Karin H´s last blog ..Pipeline marketing – going beyond AWeber part 4 – inside insight =-.

    • Martin Feb 19, 2010 @ 22:23


      Sounds like Seth Godin got that one seriously wrong! In any event, that is not in the slightest what I had in mind.

      As I said – I wouldn’t envisage any pressure to be accredited. The benefits of being accredited would have to be sufficient to attract people and I definitely would not see a situation of people voting sites up or down rating scales.

      You’d either be accredited or not and it would be against clearly understood criteria.

      If someone wanted to participate they could, if not they wouldn’t.

      As with the Trust Earned Travel accreditation on my travel site, I like being able to demonstrate that I follow certain professional standards, because it’s one more way of building trust.


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