: Jimmy Gutterman is trying to steal a trick from Andrew Orlowski — that is, baiting bloggers as a pathetic ploy for attention — with a piece at Business 2.0 that poo-poos blogs.
Several years into the phenomenon, even with solid tools like Blogger available, the blogging community is still, for the most part, self-absorbed and elitist. There’s only minimal evidence that anyone is using the blog format as a business tool.
Come on, Jimmy. It’s just a publishing tool. It’s just content. And, yes, I can name others making money — and other big companies using weblogs (start here). Maybe you’re just reading the wrong weblogs; you’re concentrating in your piece just on the founding bloggers when the field has exploded in every direction. Or you can’t get the hang of writing one. But you sound just like an old radio guy who thought this television thang would never pay off. [via I Want Media]
: Jimmy says weblogs have been around for six years, and so he judges their popularity on that time scale. Well, Filo T. Pharnsworth came up with TV a long time before it became popular. I’m not ready to start the clock on weblogs yet. September 11 brought on more writers. The war brought on more readers. AOL et al will bring in the masses. It’s still just the beginning.