Is Tech Blogging Getting Boring?

Where's the fun and interesting stuff? Another day and another post or two to write after reading gawd knows how many feeds or how many refreshed pages on FriendFeed and yet there is nothing interesting at all to write about. Maybe it’s just because its the weekend and there’s absolutely nothing of interest. Or maybe it’s because the weekend bitchmeme appears to be missing in action and people don’t know what to do with themselves.

Or maybe because after ten years or so blogging as we read it day after day is becoming stale and boring. After all you could close your eyes on any given day of the week and pretty well guess with about 90% accuracy what everyone will be talking about. It would go something like this:

  • Twitter is down
  • Twitter is up
  • The A-List is dead
  • The A-List isn’t dead
  • Techmeme is rigged
  • The iPhone rocks
  • Microsoft sucks
  • Loren is a racist
  • Loren is misunderstood
  • Microsoft is buying Yahoo
  • Microsoft isn’t buying Yahoo
  • You are an idiot if you suggest the newest Web 2.0 darling isn’t so hot after all
  • Google is the best company in the world

Maybe it’s just that I’m a year older today and everything seems to be the same as it was yesterday – nothing new – nothing interesting. Maybe it’s because there are interesting things that I would like to experiment with in the blogging world but that digital divide which everyone doesn’t want to admit exists is just showing how real it is.

The fact is that today blogging about technology is as boring as hell.

Maybe it’ll be less boring tomorrow … who knows.

27 Comments

  1. 20/07/08 at 17:15

    Um, happy birthday?

  2. 20/07/08 at 17:20

    Um .. thanks :)

  3. 20/07/08 at 17:28

    Why Birthdays Will Fail

  4. 20/07/08 at 17:37

    Now that all depends on your definition of techblogging, or more so, who you're following. These “tech blogging topics” are what really turned me off of friend feed – it was just daily updates and back-and-forths. Nothing remarkable, nothing interesting.

    Instead of saying “tech blogs are dead” maybe it's more “the tech bloggers I follow suck at blogging.”

  5. 20/07/08 at 17:38

    I would argue that articles such as this one are just as commonplace as the cut and paste titles you have above? Is tech blogging boring? Sure, if you just regurgitate releases and do as you list above. But there is room for others who don't.

    Please review my last 100 or 500 posts, and tell me how many of them meet your listed subjects' criteria.

    I'm having fun. It's not boring.

  6. 20/07/08 at 18:04

    I think I have a pretty good track record as well Louis of not following the cut 'n paste crowd or regurgitating the same ol' same ol' … I was just expressing a feeling that is all.

  7. 20/07/08 at 18:08

    I agree. And on your birthday nonetheless!

    Sometimes, I think you and your readers like you more than you like yourself. I don't want to read any more about how much older you're feeling or how frustrated you're getting and all that dark stuff. You're a good guy, and if you're surrounding yourself with things that aren't making you happy, make a change. It's one thing to be a critic and another to be analytical, but you can drive yourself into a ditch where it's not very friendly.

  8. 20/07/08 at 18:15

    Um, happy birthday?

  9. 20/07/08 at 18:20

    Um .. thanks :)

  10. 20/07/08 at 18:28

    Why Birthdays Will Fail

  11. 20/07/08 at 18:32

    Agreed.

  12. 20/07/08 at 18:51

    Happy birthday you old cranky canuck! ;)

  13. 20/07/08 at 19:32

    Agreed.

  14. 20/07/08 at 19:51

    Happy birthday you old cranky canuck! ;)

  15. 20/07/08 at 21:12

    Tech blogging is as boring as you want to make it; I think every genre has its black hole topics that never go away. The question is whether you want to engage in it, or find something that is personally interesting — and hopefully interesting to others as well.

  16. 20/07/08 at 22:12

    Tech blogging is as boring as you want to make it; I think every genre has its black hole topics that never go away. The question is whether you want to engage in it, or find something that is personally interesting — and hopefully interesting to others as well.

  17. 21/07/08 at 0:31

    it took ten years to figure this out?? amazing :-)

    go to asia, make a comic book, start painting, whatever …. and blog about it! you are a writer first, the tech is just something to hang your hat on.

    read some kevin kelly, develop some context, figure out the relationship between yoga and technology, sheesh, there is a ton of stuff to do, think, explore, and you dont have to stop writing..

    maturing means letting go of one self-concept, identity, and taking on another .. go for it

  18. 21/07/08 at 1:31

    it took ten years to figure this out?? amazing :-)

    go to asia, make a comic book, start painting, whatever …. and blog about it! you are a writer first, the tech is just something to hang your hat on.

    read some kevin kelly, develop some context, figure out the relationship between yoga and technology, sheesh, there is a ton of stuff to do, think, explore, and you dont have to stop writing..

    maturing means letting go of one self-concept, identity, and taking on another .. go for it

  19. 21/07/08 at 9:37

    Happy Birthday, Steve :-)

  20. 21/07/08 at 10:37

    Happy Birthday, Steve :-)

  21. 22/07/08 at 0:26

    Anytime you get bored with Tech, take some time out and read a book. Reading a book seems to be much more refreshing to me than reading 600 RSS feeds with 6 million non-read entries. Also, Wired magazine is a great thing to read when you're bored. It's even better for staring at the info graphics those guys create.

    (NSFW) Hey Steven, sounds like you have consumed a couple orders of this stuff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wS5xOZ7Rq8

  22. 22/07/08 at 1:26

    Anytime you get bored with Tech, take some time out and read a book. Reading a book seems to be much more refreshing to me than reading 600 RSS feeds with 6 million non-read entries. Also, Wired magazine is a great thing to read when you're bored. It's even better for staring at the info graphics those guys create.

    (NSFW) Hey Steven, sounds like you have consumed a couple orders of this stuff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wS5xOZ7Rq8

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