David Bullard: The Bullog
…the blog delusion

Name and shame offensive bloggers

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Fred Khumalo and I should feel very flattered indeed.

Every day there are 120000 new blog sites registered — a staggering 43 million a year. According to blog search engine Technorati, there are already 70 million blog sites registered worldwide. Admittedly the majority of the bloggers get bored rather quickly and don’t bother to update their sites, but that’s still 70 million people (higher than the population of the UK) who desperately want to be columnists.

It’s comforting to know that, should Fred or I decide to take a sabbatical, there’s no shortage of people available to hold the fort. The only snag is the quality, or lack of it.

Allow me to explain what I mean. I used to play air guitar with a band called Deep Purple. My playing was perfect, I had attitude and I even smashed my air guitar at the end of the number. The reason I played air guitar is that I couldn’t play real guitar very well so I was forced to dwell in this fantasy world where my guitar playing meant something only to me. I should point out that this was years ago when I was still young and foolish. These days I play air tenor saxophone, which is far more challenging.

Most blog sites are the air guitars of journalism. They’re cobbled together by people who wouldn’t stand a hope in hell of getting a job in journalism, mainly because they have very little to say. It’s rather sad how many people think the tedious minutiae of their lives will be of any interest to anyone else.

It’s even sadder when someone reads them.

Many bloggers prefer to remain anonymous and with good reason. The content of their sites is so moronic that even their best friends would disown them if they knew they were the authors. As with most things in life, something that costs nothing is usually worth nothing and that puzzles me. Are there really 70 million bloggers out there hoping that their writing talents will be recognised, or is this just another example of modern narcissism?

Unlike the world of newsprint, there are no rules out there in the blogosphere and that makes it a very confusing place for the consumer. I have no objection to reading my Sunday Times on the Internet because I know the content has been through the same process as the print edition. I do, however, object to some anonymous, scrofulous nerd pumping meaningless drivel into cyberspace at all hours of the day and night simply because he can’t find a girl to sleep with him. These are the sort of w ackos who gun down their fellow students at university. I visited a site the other day that was so hideously racist that it would have qualified its publisher for a long spell in prison if it had appeared in print. So what’s the difference? How come newspapers and magazines have to carry the names of their editors and publishers and watch their content and websites don’t? I’m told that it’s possible to track down the author of any offensive website and perhaps that’s what the government should be doing instead of looking at legislation to gag legitimate publications. Better still, maybe it’s time the print journalists named and shamed some of the more offensive anonymous bloggers and published their physical addresses. Then I can start a blog site called printrevenge.com and bore you all with the details.

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13 Responses to “Name and shame offensive bloggers”

  1. Oh no! Cyberspace is contaminated …

  2. Hee hee, welcome David. And what a way to enter the fray.

  3. hehe… they’ll let anyone into the blogosphere these days 🙂 He had the setup, the bowler was tiring, his eye was in… and all he could come up with was those youtube vids. Damn… I thought this might actually start getting interesting. *snore*. Oh well… now what was dig saying about HD DVD decryption keys again…

  4. Nice to see an old fiddler on a shiny new violin!

  5. “w ackos” spelt “wackos” 😉 but welcome to the Blogosphere. What better way to get readers to your BLOG than by taking 80% of the online populations websites apart. I like your style!

    Cheers
    WizardMan

  6. looking forward to seeing the follow up traffic generating strategy’s.

    as i mentioned in a posting on my site “traffic is traffic is traffic” – and you had a great platform with the Sunday Times to launch your strategy from…

    interested to see how you move forward with your blog and internet strategy! (PLEASE tell me you do have one)

    in addition to blogging…

    are you using facebook, twitter, delicious, myspace yet?

    and skype, and msn, yahoo and aim messengers?

    awesome to see traditional guys moving online. welcome (even if it was done in a slightly unorthodox manner)

  7. Bloody marvellous and on the sophisticated WordPress platform too.
    Thank the mercies you have style to buttress the unsocial badass in you .. it proves you as compelling as Rasputin (and seemingly the same lucky propensity to shirk death’s beckoning at the hands of those who don’t enjoy the power of your untamed tongue!)

    Welcome to the playground Mr Bullard

  8. Enjoy your cock-out cyber-trip 🙂 remember not to play nice.

  9. […] better way to ensure that you get readership for your blog from day one – with streams of incoming links. So go welcome the man who crashed through the […]

  10. Well I guess you don’t have a problem with getting people to visit your blog. clever strategy 🙂

    “Most blog sites are the air guitars of journalism. They’re cobbled together by people who wouldn’t stand a hope in hell of getting a job in journalism, mainly because they have very little to say.” – Well I’m pretty sure most bloggers don’t have an interest in hell in journalism and its certainly not the reason so many of them blog.
    To compare the traditional printed media and journalists with every blog and its anonymous author out there is comparing apples with screwdrivers. It doesn’t make sense.

    A relevant comparison would be the issues facing the UN with media accreditation of bloggers and their valid concerns (unlike your comparison above) about the openness, security and professional standards of bloggers covering happenings at the UN.
    That for me would be a fair and relevant comparison between traditional journalism and blogging. See the full post on the NY Times [1]. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/30/business/media/30blog.html?ei=5070&en=12082476686db937&ex=1178769600&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1178617940-qm1U/rrrCQ6fTGn/stWrLw

  11. Welcome David – what an explosive entry into the blogosphere!

  12. Is the editorial opinion of a paid journalist more interesting, insightful, and full of wisdom than un unpaid bloogers opinion? I reserve the right to decide that for myself and how dare you suggest my gal bladder surgery is not interesting to my reader. And by the way my air piano is sublime.

  13. These are the sort of w ackos who gun down their fellow students at university.

    what exactly do u mean Sir , with all due respect,
    would you please , please, please send me the link to the site that is doing that,
    i hope it ain’t my site ?

    thnx 4 ur time, and welcome to the blogsphere!!


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