So, if your local paper quotes your blog, does that make you legit? If so, hand me my membership card!
Last night I was enjoying a fabulous dinner with margaritas and the good company of my choir babes when someone brought up that they knew about this site. I thought that a bit curious because I make it a point not to bring up specifics of this site with the folks at church (Craig's boss is a fellow member). So, she says,
"Yeah, it's called Suburban Life, right?."
The confused furrow in my brow deepens.
Her: "Do you read the Journal?"
Me: "Yeah..." (where the hell is THIS going?)
Her: "Do you read Kane's column?"
Me: "I used to. I stopped about a year ago when he couldn't find more than racism to write about."
Her: "Yeah, he wrote about your website in an article not long ago."
Stunned. Then, the other babes pipe in that they remembered the article but never made the connection that it was my site he was talking about.
When I got home, I went straight to the computer to check it out. Here's what I found:
Two weekends ago, a local columnist quoted a post I wrote in AUGUST 2004 about an article he wrote. In that post, I called him a "blubbering racist idiot." I still stand by that statement. And, apparently it resonates with other critics because I've also been quoted for calling him that on this site.
So, let me first give credit where credit is due.
Mr. Kane, congratulations on finally writing about something other than:
2) rediculing conservatives and whites
3) social injustice in the inner-city
Really. I'm impressed that you were able to go off-topic for once.
However, if you're going to write an entire article about blogging and, I assume, get PAID for it, get the story right.
He says: "It's my humble opinion that the best blogs - like mine at www.jsonline.com/links/raisingkane - don't rant and rave as much as refer readers to interesting stories and commentary from other sources."
Sure. I'd agree with that....that the best blogs refer to interesting stories and commentary from other sources. But here's the KEY to that...other sites usually LINK their readers to those sites to read it for themselves instead of just reading what your spin on it is.
And, if you really want to have a great blog, one of the 'best', then add the ability to comment. You say "If the battle for new consumers of information and commentary is to be fully engaged, much of it will happen on the Internet." Then, open it up so the commentary and information can be fully engaged. You can moderate comments. You can delete them. You can do what you want with them. But it gives people a chance to have an open discussion of ideas (which seems to be what you're advocating, but not doing).
Newpaper columnists are not blogging because they are the 'best' and because their writing skills are superior to the rest of us plain folk out here in the real world. No, they're doing it because they understand the economics of it. More and more people are going to the internet to get their news. And if the newspapers don't offer their content and other interesting ways to draw people to their website, their reader base is gone.
Mr. Kane says: "Bring it on."
I say, get with the program. I 'brought it' almost a year and a half ago.