Monday, April 17, 2006

Guest Blogging Sucks

Okay Robert, what the hell? I know that there’s greatness in blogging and that you don’t want to miss any of it…

…but as I recall you blogged at night and/or on your own time and now you’re having someone else write your opinions on your website built and maintained under your name?

Or...not.This is a horrible trend. I know I’m no best selling author or award-winning blogger, but at least my blog features my own opinions. I’m a little let down that since Scoble is doing this, being the influencer he has become, the flood gates have been opened and now guest blogging will be the new black. Everyone who’s everyone (at least everyone who has a Nice Big Blog with Lots O’ Readers) will be getting guest blogging up and running.

Frank will no longer need to run PostSecret because a lackey will do just fine.

Who cares if the Dilbert Blog (one of my favorite reads) isn’t written by Scott Adams once he hires some goofy guy to write it for him? Isn’t it about the content?

No, it isn’t. It’s about the author(s) and the voices they bring and while I have no problem with collaborative blogs (BB is an obvious choice), when it’s your blog with your name on the URL or title or whatever, having a guest blogger is like having a temp agency hire sign your personal checks—it’s just weird.

I stopped reading Tom Peters because his blog was not actually written by a guy named Tom Peters. Is this so revolutionary? That I won’t pay attention to someone who can’t keep their own opinions but must hire others to maintain their current mindstate for the blogosphere?

This is a sure sign of jumping the shark. I would rather go without a week of Scoble posts than read some dude who writes “like” Scoble or “for” Scoble or, god forbid, “in-the-vein” of Scoble.

Until next time, this is Evan Erwin writing on Evan Erwin’s blog about Evan Erwin’s opinions.

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LiQiuD said...

I partially agree...I have had my girlfriend post on my blog from time to time when she says something that i'd like her to share her opinion with my readers on...but this was always under her name, and her own category...I think the total number of times it has happened were 3...each time i've seen a hot and cold reaction to it...but I wouldn't change it. I will never have her post for me though...just my $0.02 on the matter.

11:46 AM, April 17, 2006  
Robert Scoble said...

I hear ya. Just ignore anything coming from my blog until next Sunday.

4:37 PM, April 17, 2006  
ecrivain said...

Blame Kottke.

10:26 PM, April 17, 2006  
kevin said...

I don't understand this new trend either. Stumbling across such a butchered blog is like flipping open a book with a DaVinci Code cover jacket only to find Pat Robertson's autobiography inside. If I want to read the mindless banter of someone other than the blogger himself, I'll check the comments section.

Note to bloggers: If we have to go another week without being made privvy to your job stresses, diaper pinning, dating failures or soccer momming, life as we know it will go on. Thw world will not end. No one's going to dive off an overpass because you didn't update your blog.

8:58 AM, April 18, 2006  
meice said...

I'll see your two cents and raise you a nickle. I don't mind so much the Guest Blogging as I do the Ghost Writing.

Looking back, I should have closed this post: This has been Mister Orange himself, Evan Erwin, writing on Evan Erwin?s blog about Evan Erwin?s opinions. Sorry. I'll do a better guest blog next time.

12:05 AM, April 19, 2006  
zenmonki said...

I hear ya. Just ignore anything coming from my blog until next Sunday.

OK, what does THAT mean?

As for guest blogging, I'm not sure what your beef is. Haven't you guest-blogged on other sites before?

12:55 PM, April 19, 2006  

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