Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Odds are the 'Next Blog' sucks

Every now and then I give in to the perverse urge to click on the "Next Blog" button Blogger so graciously provides us at the top of our blogs. This random venture into blogdom used to be good for a few moments of diversion. Although it didn't reap you much quality, at least you were exposed to actual bloggers trying to blog. Now, odds are you will bring up some piece of crap, lowlife spam site that uses Blogger's free Web hosting to clog the bandwith with sales pitches. And although I value diversity, I am kind of wondering if anyone in the English speaking world is blogging anymore.

I would love to click on "next blog" and actually be able to read some content, not look at photos of shoes from Hong Kong. Show me the blogs, not the clogs. I want to read about people's lives, not scan endless links of shopping scams.

Okay Blogger, you aren't doing the blog world any favor by not having any criteria for who can have a blog on your server. Why don't you create a certification process for bloggers that separates the blog wheat from the blog chaff? Some of us legitimately have been writing blogs for years and we are obscured by the blog spammers you allow to have Blogger accounts. I'm telling you, what this blog world needs is an enema.

11 comments:

Shandi said...

I started reading your post, completely unaware of the monstrosity to the right. I got through about three sentences when I happended to glance over. Now, I can't stop laughing. OH MY GOD!!!

Let me go read your post and I'll be back.

Shandi said...

It's been a long time since I hit "next blog". I had no idea it was taken over by spam. I had issue when it was taken over by myspacers and thought it couldn't get any worse.

By the way, don't take that photo down until Pete has had chance to come by. I'll mention it to him today.

Lights in the wake said...

I tried to read the post but for some reason I couldn't consentrate on it. My eyes kept being drawn to the right side of the page. I didn't want to look. I told myself to concentrate, think happy thoughts, maybe it'll go away. It taunts me, daring me to gaze upon it yet again. It burns but I am powerless against it. It burns but I do not want to stop. It burns....

Or, put another way: Cool picture Tim.

Oh and I did manage to read the actual post. Next blog does indeed suck. I've never once found a blog that was any good that way. Although I did find some very nasty pictures of naked people that had me worried for weeks the IT guys would review my internet files and report me for. I don't hit next blog anymore.

Tim ID said...

Shandi,
Monstrosity? Monstrosity? I like to think we live in a blog world that values diversity. Why would I take it down? :)

Lights,
It's like a train wreck, isn't it. But strangely compelling. BTW, have you been to Gunter's or Mank's blogs lately?

Hayden said...

monstrosity? humm. I'm never sure when I click here what the alarming visual will be, so I guess I take it in stride.

oh oh, gunter and mank are posting again?

Tim ID said...

I knew I could count on you to put it in the proper perspective Hayden :)

Gypsy said...

I think the pic on the right is quite becoming. I like what you've done with your hair and the makeup is to die for.

Blazngfyre said...

I ADORE the new look!
So nice to see a parent who hasn't let themselves go because there is just not enough hours in the day to properly maintain ones sense of style and self expression.

Oh, and "next blog" sucks.
It should be removed.

Tim ID said...

Gypsy,
I'm not sure what it is becoming, but thanks :)

Blaznfyre, You don't think the hairstyle makes my butt look big, do you?

Blazngfyre said...

Not at all!
In fact, you look kinda Tina Turner-ish .... and THAT'S a compliment!

Blazngfyre said...

Not at all!
In fact, you look kinda Tina Turner-ish .... and THAT'S a compliment!