Wednesday, 27 June 2007

Lame blogroll

She said that she was working for the ABC News
It was as much of the alphabet as she knew how to use
Has anyone ever seen a lamer blogroll than this one?

Clearly some crusty old Perry White came out of his office the other day and barked an order for Jimmy Olsen to knock together an article on those blogs that are all the rage among the kids today.

And look what they came up with. Does anyone think the writer of this article really rates Gizmodo and TechCrunch? How come he didn't think to link a single blog in the whole list (as pointed out by Jason Kottke, via whose mentioned blog I found this piece)?

The rest of the list is a name-check for all the big-timers, a clear sign the reporter doesn't know anything about blogs and found this list in an About page or similar. Gawker and Scripting News? Bruce Schneier and Wonkette? He claims Daring Fireball is "always worth a read". That's easy to say, since the guy posts about once a week, if that. I don't think the reporter knows that, though.

And really, how lame is it to mention Daily Kos and Huffington Puffington? Nobody who needs an introduction to those two is going to be even slightly interested. I personally find both of them almost unreadable. They're so massive they completely miss the point of what a blog is. You might as well include on the list.

There are, inevitably, one or two good choices, but the whole list is overdone (why 100?) and underworked. I'd rather have ten blogs from someone who knows what they're talking about than 100 from some intern like this.

The careful reader will have noticed that I too have failed to provide links to the blogs mentioned. I'm not going to do ABC's work for them.