If this were beer, I'd be an alcoholic
-- Tony Pierce
on blogging, quoted in this New York Times
I see the Times is still dismissing blogging as unimportant. Only now it's not just unimportant, it's a hobby taken up mostly by losers in bathrobes.
Ok, ok. Point taken. But not all
of us are like that.
The author of the article goes a long way around to make blogs appear to be nothing more than a pointless exercise of talking to yourself.
Sometimes, too, the realization that no one is reading sets in. A few blogs have thousands of readers, but never have so many people written so much to be read by so few. By Jupiter Research's estimate, only 4 percent of online users read blogs.
The decidely negative tone of the article left me wondering why?
- why would the NYT care enough about blogging to pay someone to write this pointless drivel? Perhaps Bill Quick figured it out
Total number of internet users: 785,710,022. Four percent of that number: 31,428,400.
Total number of NYT readers: Hard to estimate. Print circulation varies from about 1.16 million daily to 1.8 million on Sunday, website page count 1-2 million per day, total readership somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-5 million.
Blogs as a whole are more widely read than the New York Times by a factor of seven plus.
As for political blogs? Again, hard to say, just as it is hard to quantify the readership NYT's political offerings (OpEd, news, etc.) garner.
But N.Z. Bear's The Truth Laid Bear: Weblog Traffic Rankings gives a total daily visitor count for the top fifty ranked political blogs of about 950,000. That certainly puts these top blogs as a whole in the NYT's daily circulation league.
It has apparently also put the NYT into a a dress-rending frenzy.
I'm not suggesting the NYT is afraid of bloggers; but I do think the consistently negative articles are something akin to a pre-emptive strike.
bq. Indeed, if a blog is likened to a conversation between a writer and readers, bloggers like Mr. Wiggins are having conversations largely with themselves.
I beg to differ. Let's use this week as an example. I tried to use posts on a variety of subjects, so one can't refute this by saying that warblogs or techblogs or X variety of blog topics are the exception to the rule.
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Talking to ourselves? Hardly.
What about the blogs without comments? How do we know they aren't just masturbating with words when they blog?
Instapundit 110135 visits/day
Gizmodo : The Gadgets Weblog 62990 visits/day
Volokh Conspiracy 14038 visits/day
Tom Tomorrow 13902 visits/day
Well, they still might be masturbating - that's none of our business - but the point is - they are not talking to themselves. Far from it.
Now, as far as the painted picture of blogger as obsessive, single-minded, anti-social, basement dwelling dweeb, I think that's all just a ruse by the New York Times to put a pathetic face on blogging. I mean, we know that the NYT would never, ever employ someone as sad and delusional as they make bloggers out to be. Right
Ok, I'll grant them one thing: If this were beer, I'd be an alcoholic
I'm already worrying that my ISP is cutting my service on Saturday evening, and won't be hooking up the new house until Tuesday. In fact, I feel a panic attack coming on. Good thing I'll be too busy with the move to really think too hard about it. Well, I may see if any of my neighbors are using wireles routers so I can use the laptop to steal their signal. Or I could always go to Starbucks. Or my mom's.
Chug that beer. That's right, keep chugging. Oh, it goes down sooo smooth. Quick, give me another.
I do have a question for the people over at the paper of record: If blogs are so damn boring and unimportant, why do you keep printing stories about them?
Keep the beer flowing, barkeep.