December 26, 2004
Death of blogging predicted: Film at 11
This DMN article on blogs post-election has been making the rounds lately. You'd think they might have talked to a couple more representatives of the home state, since Texas is chock full of political blogs, but they didn't. At least they didn't talk to Andrew Sullivan and Mickey Kaus, so we can be grateful for that.
For the record: I ain't going anywhere, and I anticipate exactly as much advertising revenue here in 2005 as there was in 2004. Glad to have this opportunity to clear that up.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 26, 2004 to Blog stuff
I agree that they should have talked to other Texas bloggers.
I gave Colleen Nelson the names, urls & even emails of more than half a dozen Texas bloggers. The only one I think she visited was Burnt Orange Report, because there was a statement from BOR mentioned in a graphic with the actual article.
I was under the impression she'd found other Texas bloggers who were calling it quits as well, but I guess I misunderstood her.
The story was written back in the middle of November, which is when I sat for the photo.
I just LOVE a front page article on the decline of blogs after this last disastrous year at Belo, a year that was so disastrous mainly because the company's flagship newspaper thought it would be a great idea to inflate its declining readership numbers, in hopes of fooling advertisers (sorry: reality wins, as it often does).
Meanwhile, internet news is the one media field GAINING readers/viewers, while traditional print and television keep losing 'em.
And the DMN story is, a handful of blogs are in decline? Okay, fine, but most blogs aren't in decline, and of course blogs tend to go into decline if they are ignored by their bloggers. For their next attempt at a Pulitzer, Belo should blank out the sports section of every website it owns, and let us know if the traffic has decline after a month of blank screen!
The DMN is still the state's flagship newspaper (despite it's problems), but you would have thought someone would have thought better of that story, and of its placement (say, an editor? yeah, that's what I'm thinking). Heck, maybe they could have even talked to one of the numerous journalists in that town who actually has a blog, including the members of their own editorial board.
If ever one needed an example of why mainstream media is having its difficulties lately, this article is one to file away for future reference. Which is why I'm pleased to have it in my furl archive. :)