blog-loser

The vastly influential International Listings Blog, just published its list of the top one hundred architecture blogs and—no surprise—varnelis.net does not rank there.

Naturally. Why should we? Blogging is passé, even dead, the new establishment. Nothing worse than being stuck in the wrong part of the diffusion theory graph like some of my dear friends.

But what then? Obviously my interests don't address conventional ideas of design. But maybe there is an element of truth in my Fake Steve style rant (after all, congratulations are due to the 100 top bloggers that these experts in luxury real estate picked … namaste, my friends, I bow down before you)...

What if blogging is dying, mutating, changing. Where is it going to go? I stopped blogging between 2003 and 2005 out of boredom with the solitary nature of the endeavor but then the spread of RSS made it into a collective process. What's next? There's my interest in slow blogging, but there might be other models such as Daniel Eatock and Jeffrey Vaska's Indexhibit format or underworldlive or Perous Secret Diary (based on Jan Schjetne's Death Boogie Diaries). Any thoughts?

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blog-loser

I would have voted for you but I am also a blog loser, shunned, omitted, ignored, lol!

I do like your blog.

I wasn't there either, but

I wasn't there either, but neither did I expect to be, with only a dozen readers or so a day. But readers aren't the point for me - writing's the point. I noticed 765.blogpost wasn't there either, which for me, is the 2nd best archi-blog out there (after aggregat4/5/6).
Anyways, what for the future?

Blogs are great cos they connect the writer directly to the reader. But there's a lot of crap out there, so there needs to be some curator. In the paper/suable world, these are the magazine editors, taking their cut of the writers' pay. What should happen is that readers start paying the author direct per article (or cartoon/photo/video) rather than per collection of articles, which should be possible when readers consume their media on some sort of internet connected ebook. Readers can then create their own journals as articles become available, not having to wait for each publication date. The journal constantly evolves as each piece is published. Curators will become more advisers than collators. All the bits for this scenario are almost feasible - it just needs a realistic ebook and someone to write the software to glue it all together. Oh, and consumer habits to change!