Friday, February 25, 2005

Remember when they were called, "Web pages?"

I'm not usually what Tess calls, "A slow processor." But it just dawned on me that what people are referring to ad nauseam as "Blogs" are simply what we used to call personal Web pages. I had this epiphany while I was waiting for the the timer to expire on some blog I was looking at that had at least a dozen shots of her opening gifts at a wedding shower (yes, I'm ashamed to admit I have been sucked into Blog Explosion's little "you surf mine, I'll surf yours" pyramid scheme to make us all read each other's blogs).

The difference between when the first Web page stepped out of the primordial ooze of the early Internet and what has happened with the current "Blog Explosion" is that you basically had to know HTML to create a Web page back then. Now everyone (including moi) uses cute little templates. At least having to know HTML weeded out many of the technically challenged who have now wandered onto and into the blog scene. What baffles me is that, even with a foolproof template, some people out there are managing to create blogs that have all the design esthetics of a ransom note. Just a little hint if you are launching a Web page or "blog." Less is more. Leave lots of white space, and lose the endless series of buttons and banners. Hell some of your blogs make me feel like I've wandered into a virtual Pachinko Parlor.

I suppose the explosion of blogs or personal web pages is inevitable. When they first invented desktop publishing, everyone had a newsletter.

But there will remain a few unfailing truths when it comes to creating a newsletter, a Blog or even an e-mail. You still have to be able to write a complete sentence before it's worth the electronic impulse it's written on. And even if you are the greatest writer since Tom Robbins, it will all be for naught if you bury your words in a choppy sea of crappy graphics slapped on the screen like an Alaskan dispatching a baby seal. Finally,even if you write well and have some design sense, it still has to be interesting. Generally what you had to eat today is not.

That being said, I had this killer smothered burrito for lunch. But I am feeling a bit gassy now.

Get my point?
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