Sunday, October 31, 2004

Blogs, the Reality TV of the Internet.

I was pondering the phenomena of Blogs today, because pondering is what pretentious asshole bloggers such as my self tend to do. I as I shuffled through the never-ending supply of blogs it occurred to me that the reason Blogs are so popular, is because they are the reality TV of the Internet. Blogs are cheap to create, their popularity stems from a focus on "real" people, and even the crappy ones can develop a following, very similar to reality TV.

When I say that Blogs focus on "real" people, I don't mean that Bloggers only talk about themselves. It's true that some bloggers will drone on and on about every tiny detail of their life, until the reader wants to shove an ice pick up his or her nose. But many popular Blogs give very little detail about the Bloggers life, and instead focus on pop-culture, or politics, or the local grade school rugby team. You name it, and someone is Blogging about it.

Reality TV is popular because it's about "real" people. Blogs are popular because they are made by "real" people. Television has celebrities. The Internet has high traffic sites. The more traffic you have on your site, the greater your celebrity. Sites like Google, MSN, Yahoo, Amazon, these are the celebrities of the Internet. They are also take an army of employees to maintain.

Then there are sites like Fark, and instapundit. They might not get as much traffic as Google, but a single person can maintain them, so it doesn't matter. These are the equivalent of reality TV celebrities. If Richard Hatch, or Darva Conger were websites, they would be Blogs.

Ok, for real this time, see you next month.


Blogger Dave Lowe said...

Hey Ed

You don't have an email link on your site, so I'll do it here. I noticed a post about FP&L, are you in/near the Tampa Bay Area? We have a webring and other bloggery goodness for Bay Area bloggers, and some of us are pricks, too.

Oh, and I am Dave from DaveDorm. Dave Dorm Dot Com if you wanna check it out, and you can email me at

Thanks, oh, and I like the blog. Even though BE did not. Screw 'em. I'll prolly getthe boot next.

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol - I think that's very true - I wonder if when the reality tv fad fades away if the blogging community will follow suit? The funny thing is I love blogging and hate reality tv.

1:19 PM  
Blogger Jillian said...

It's true, does that mean you are famous as well? Your blog is funny as hell...

Boredom on a Stick

10:36 PM  
Blogger ShutUpEd said...

I wouldn't call myself famous. I only get about 10 hits a day. But maybe someday.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Diva said...

You have to get more than 10.

Where are you hiding out these days?

9:52 PM  
Blogger ShutUpEd said...

According to Site Meter I get an average of 17 per day, but the number has been steadily dropping since I got the boot from blog explosion. As I write this I’ve had 11 today. I get a few hits from my photoblog, which IS still on blog explosion, and a few more from some other blogs that link me. Most of my comments come from a few regular readers.

As for where I’ve been “hiding out”, I’m making a run at National Novel Writing Month. When that’s over I’ll go back to actively trying to promote the site.

11:29 PM  
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