The Lazy Blogger & The Plague of Press Releases

Over the past couple of months I’ve been really distracted by a growing number of blogs that have become overrun with press releases or sponsored content. The reason this bothers me is that I feel like this sort of behavior goes generally unnoticed by most readers. There’s really no particular genre of blogs that are more at fault than others either, the gamut ranges from design to illustration to fashion to architecture. I don’t plan on pointing the finger at anyone in particular, though I’m sure many people will feel I’m attacking them. I blame this epidemic on two things: Lazy bloggers and press releases.

As someone with a decent sized audience, I can say I get a lot of press releases in my inbox every morning. Do I post about these press releases every now and then? Of course I do, because every now and then something interesting pops up, but most of the time it’s some young artist from (insert city here) who’s looking to get a break. But there’s this plethora of lazy bloggers out there who take these press releases that pour into their inbox, cut and paste everything verbatim, then try to masquerade them as real content. What’s worse is when someone is shilling for a thing or place, trying to make it seem like they happened to show up at the right place and time, when they’ve been handed a chunk of change to write about.

To this I ask, what’s the fucking point? Why would anyone with a popular blog waste their time, day in, day out, posting about the same damn press release that every other blog in their field received as well? Do you enjoy what you do or do you view what you do as a way to pay the bills?

Maybe I’m naive, maybe I’m too optimistic, but I try to think of good blogs as something akin to the New York Times, a constant source of new ideas and information. Would the NY Times take a bunch of pre-chewed content and baby mother barf it into the mouths of their readers? Never, because they have integrity. Maybe this is me on my high horse, but I personally hold myself to a higher standard, and I don’t even do that much. Since starting this site over four years ago I have written by a particular forumla: One paragraph describing the topic, a second paragraph describing why I think it’s worth a damn. That’s it. It’s not rocket science, but it’s me trying. In fact, in my four years, I’ve written nearly 3,200 posts about topics that I think people should look at and trying to explain why you should give a damn.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, stop pretending to be a writer and BE a writer. Stop filling the internet with more recycled crap and start posting something of worth. There are so many people out there who want to read an interesting story, or come across something inspiring to make their day or share with their co-workers over lunch. So why are you wasting our time?

Like I said at the beginning, I’m not trying to be negative with this post, so I’m going to point out the people who should be recognized for making blogging something awesome. My mornings usually consists of Kottke, Daring Fireball, You Might Find Yourself and Design*Sponge. I also love Aquarium Drunkard, Brand New, Subtraction, Yewknee, But Does It Float, designworklife, It’s Nice That and today and tomorrow. I would consider all of these to be fantastic, shining examples of what blogs should be. Please do me a favor and bookmark these blogs, tell your friends about them and visit them often. Support the people who are actually trying to create amazing things and not the dumps of press releases.

Bobby

42 Comments The Lazy Blogger & The Plague of Press Releases

  1. j June 13, 2011 at 1:58 AM

    Idk what it is, but ever since your site redesign and the addition of other contributers your blog has become entirely unfriendly. Your attitude is especially off-putting and uninviting. I no longer have the desire to follow this blog. The content isn’t even up to par with your usual. It was a good run.

  2. Bobby Solomon June 13, 2011 at 2:10 AM

    @j – I’m sorry to hear you feel that way, but thanks for the honest feedback at least. Times change, I’ve changed, and this site has changed with me, and it’s going to continue to do so. It may not be your cup of tea, and that’s ok, it’s just a blog.

    Someone recently said to me, “You’re not doing it right if you’re not pissing someone off.” I think there’s a lot of truth in that statement.

  3. Gintare June 13, 2011 at 3:12 AM

    Totally agree with your opinion, thank you for great content and your own ideas, that is what makes me check this blog out every day. I read this blog for three years already and would say it is improving and growing. Be unfriendly! Criticism is needed.

  4. Sebastian June 13, 2011 at 3:32 AM

    I can’t judge this place on wether it was “better or not before” as I’ve only recently been following it (not that it really matters in this topic anyway).

    But I have to say, I wholeheartedly agree with this post. I follow more music than design-related blogs, but what I’ve even been it noticing more and more are blogs that simply copy/paste or don’t write anything AT ALL, just a link to the content and call themselves a blog. I thought a blog was about writing, not solely sharing.

  5. John Waldren June 13, 2011 at 3:59 AM

    I don’t whole heartedly agree with this entire post, but it has an angle I feel is very true. Popular blogs shouldn’t post watered down copies of original contemporary design like Mark Weaver for example, because today the blogs are almost becoming the teachers for students. This sends out the message that if you copy a successful artist in an uninspired way then you will get recognised, instead of this being frowned upon.

  6. Brooke June 13, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    Fantastically put, Bobby. I’ve followed your blog for awhile now and though I don’t comment much, I had to say something here about this. I really agree with how you’re calling these blogs out and pointing out this awful trend in blogging. I can’t tell you how sick I have gotten of opening Google Reader and seeing blog posts by people that start or end with “this post is sponsored by Kodak/Yahoo/blah blah blah”. I am weary of people who even end their posts with questions that seem to be baiting me to leave a comment so that their advertisers and marketers have access to reader opinions, making them more money in the long run. I appreciate you describing your 2 points of blogging (something cool, and why it matters) because I never really caught that before and I think it’s one of the reasons I keep coming back to blogs who produce ORIGINAL content, like yours and kottke and others. Thanks for the post. I think it’s important to say, and though not all readers may like it, it’s important for people to be aware that blogger motives aren’t always honest and original.

  7. steve mccarthy June 13, 2011 at 7:27 AM

    i think maybe you wrote and posted before counting to ten? and to be honest i like that. yes the tone has changed on this blog, personally i think its maturing. it seems the fox is black was in its younger brother years(excited, naive, following the big guys) and now its in its older brothers years(testing its limits, leading by example, building confidence) i think its really encouraging to see an idea struggle through its changes rather than simply churn out a successful formula. yes its just a blog, but its meant a lot, and DONE a lot for me. so i’ll stick by it.

  8. Jeff Hoffman June 13, 2011 at 7:30 AM

    Thank you Bobby for holding your site to the high caliber standard you do. It shows when you consistently give us interesting content that I have not read anywhere else. This blog has become a must read for me.

  9. Bobby Solomon June 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    @Gintare – I’m not necessarily trying to be friendly, but definitely trying to be critical. There are crits all the time in art school, why not hold the people in our blogging community equally responsible?

    @John Waldren – Sad knockoffs of Mark Weaver should be a Tumblr of it’s own, haha… You’ll never see that kinda’ jazz on here.

    @Steve McCarthy – What’s funny is I wrote this over a 3 to 4 hour period. The original motivation for this whole post was frustration more than anger. I’d consider myself a really honest person, perhaps too honest, but I’d rather call it like it is than beat around the bush.

  10. kylie jo June 13, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    I appreciate you calling attention to something that bothers you…and I have to agree that I have noticed similarities on many blogs. In my opinion, it’s right along the lines of being plastered with ads, or (I read a lot of fashion blogs) wearing/blogging about free clothing from your sponsors. The true voice of the blog gets foggy. I have to credit you for introducing me to many blogs with strong voices and true content. I’ve become an avid reader of many blogs you reference in your “friends & inspiration” sidebar. Thanks for your honesty, and for not being afraid to let your voice shine through blog fog. :)

  11. johnny June 13, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    I like the comparison to the NYT. Bloggers should consider themselves journalists. Maybe that will make them think twice about the way they run their blogs.

    I propose a simple fix: blogs should cite their source (via press release) just like they would for other content.

  12. Jerry Henderson June 13, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Bobby this is a great post. I’ve been reading your blog for the past year or so and I’ve always enjoyed what you’ve created.
    To be honest, I did enjoy your blog more when you were the only contributor. Your content usually seems more appealing than Danica’s and Alex’s (No offense guys), but I started following your blog because it was of your mind. Not theirs.

    These non-original content blogs will be dust in the wind eventually as people always see through bullshit. I followed the ISO50 blog for a while, but quit because of this reason. It wasn’t because the content wasn’t as original but sponsored none the less. Although, I do still follow Alex Cornell. He creates great content and a talented individual.

    Keep shooting it straight Bobby. Your doing a great job and it’s working.

  13. Mick Minogue June 13, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    You never done me wrong…apart from that time I didn’t win that competition and the time I read Steve McCarthys above Comment and subconsciously knew It was him before I read his name and spat my tea all over my novelty sized laptop, apart from that I have had here bookmarked since the beginning. I come here before I check my own mail or the goings on from around the world so It Is but a testament to you and your fellow writers. Look at your Blog as a department store, you stack your content all really well, employ a great friendly staff who look after the customers and complement your shoes, you stock quality goods and play really really good in-store music. Other blogs are LIDL, cheaper knock off of the real thing, in a clearance sale type display in boxes on the ground with no music or a smiling customer. Their logo is shit too. Shop The Fox Is Black!

  14. Ben June 13, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    I find it laughable that you call for better blogs, yet you openly violate the copyright laws that protect the artists you praise. Regardless of how highly you speak of Bon Iver, I’m pretty sure they (or any other artist in your number of mixes that you hand out for free) would not appreciate your blatant disregard for their creative property by giving their music away. It’s a cheap, low, disgusting way to get people to your site, and you’re a selfish, disgraceful, pageview-hungry blogger for doing so.

    Fix this.

  15. Jenni June 13, 2011 at 11:47 AM

    Bobby, I have to agree with Ben. You steal all over the internet for your own promotion… and then call other people “lazy?”

    Sorry, the whole thing seems hypocritical. You tweet about people on flicker who do not allow their images to be easily ripped off for people like you. I just don’t get it. You have an attitude that people should be flattered just b/c you want to rip their images off and write your 2 cents. It’s gross. And this site is gross. And your attitude is gross.

    But I think Ben says it best. “It’s a cheap, low, disgusting way to get people to your site, and you’re a selfish, disgraceful, pageview-hungry blogger for doing so.”

    Let people blog the way they want to. At least they are receiving press releases, and not stealing content MP3’s for their own page views. And to think LA WEEKLY gave you a web blog award. Laughable.

    (The only reason I am here reading this column is because someone tweeted it, and I was curious to read it after they did. I’ll never return)

    – Jenni, Photographer.

  16. jxgor1972 June 13, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    “So why are you wasting our time?”

    Perhaps people write blogs because they enjoy it, and for other reasons other than to become “BLOG” stars.

    Your voice in this particular article Bobby is very mean spirited, like you rule the internet. Are you seriously comparing your site to the NYTIMES?

    “Maybe I’m naive, maybe I’m too optimistic, but I try to think of good blogs as something akin to the New York Times, a constant source of new ideas and information…”

    Oh Bobby, Oh Bobby, your site used to be good.

  17. Bobby Solomon June 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    @Ben – Hahaha, wow, those are some fightin’ words.

    First off, I love music, and I love sharing the music I find with people. The fact that I put together mixes has nothing to do with lazy bloggers or press releases, so what you’re arguing really has nothing to do with this.

    Second, I’ve never been asked by any artists, musicians or record labels to take down any of my mixtapes, ever. If anyone had contacted me I would have taken it down or re-edited it to omit the track in question.

    Third, you’ve obviously failed to think about how many records, concert tickets, t-shirts, posters that I’ve potentially helped sell because I’ve exposed my readers to new artists. To call me a “selfish, disgraceful, pageview-hungry blogger” is completely asinine.

    Oh, BTW, what have you done lately for musicians?

  18. Bobby Solomon June 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    @Jenni – I steal for my own promotion? What am I stealing? Please clarify that statement, because I always link back to artists, that’s the whole point of the blog, to promote the excellent work in this online community. I also never said that people should be flattered to be on here, where’d you see that?

    And l like I already said to Ben, my mixtapes have never been a problem, ever, period. Please find me someone that has been seriously hurt or effected by mixtapes, and then we’ll talk.

    It’s laughable to me that you’d rather read a blog with no soul and instead try to tear down one that’s trying harder than most. Your negativity isn’t wanted around here.

    @jxgor1972 – That’s my whole point, I don’t understand why people do create blogs just to regurgitate press releases. Is it fun for them? Are they enjoying what they do?

    And I don’t get the mean spirited part, I’d call it honesty. Why should I sugar coat my words or try to bullshit people? Life’s too short, let’s have fun, make some cool shit and drink some beers.

  19. Travis June 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I completely agree. It’s something I’ve been trying to do with my own blog recently…but I’m realizing my fight is a bit up current being on the Tumblr platform. I think there is a dangerous attitude amongst bloggers, particularly on Tumblr but not necessarily ONLY there, that images do not require anything close to proper citation or even a link. This is damaging to the infosphere. What is needed in any good blog is discourse, is context, is one’s thoughts. I find myself gravitating towards blogs which do invest time in writing and their readers.

  20. Ben June 13, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    I absolutely do believe that handing out the work of other musicians without their permission is relevant to what you’re talking about here. You may not be a “lazy” blogger, as you certainly spend a good amount of time putting original thought into things. But I think you’re an “irresponsible” blogger for abandoning law for the sake of a blog post. And isn’t irresponsibility just a fancy cousin of laziness?

    I don’t doubt the fact that you’ve never been asked to remove anyone’s content. Does that mean that it’s right? Is every torrent user on the web, even the most prominent seeders, being contacted to stop giving away stuff that isn’t theirs to give away? No. This is the internet, my friend. You may have an audience, but you’re certainly not as high-profile as some of the other news sources you’ve listed above. You’re flying under the radar.

    I stand by the words that I’ve said, and I laughed out loud at your third point. Do you really want to use the argument of providing free press to justify copyright infringement? I challenge you to actually read up on what is legal and what is not in regards to digital music distribution. You’ve obviously been lazy on that front.

    The bottom line is this: Your website has a contract with The Deck, who serves up ads on your website. You’re making money when people get to your website. Attracting them with free music that is not yours to give away is WRONG. If you disagree with that statement, then there’s nothing more that can be said to make you understand.

    For the record, I’ve dedicated the last half-decade of my life to supporting up-and-coming musicians through various media outlets that have a worldwide audience. Not by stealing their sh*t, but by doing right by them and doing it with their permission. My opinions are my own, and if you have any journalistic sensibility in you, you’d understand why I wouldn’t name them in such a forum.

  21. V June 13, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    As a music blogger, it is interesting to read these type of words from the mouth of a design blogger. All very well said, by the way.

    However big this problem is in design blogging, I can assure you, it is an epidemic in music blogging. You count in seconds the time from which a PR blast appears in your inbox, to the time a related headline appears in your twitter feed. As you so bluntly say–“what’s the fucking point?”

    The fucking point is that blogging (no matter the subject) has changed shape from a personal to a public-geared medium. Five years ago, blogs were the combination of a love for the written word, and a desire to search and share.

    But the internet is not what it was five years ago and blogs have evolved with the increasingly social, “you”-centric face of the web. We’ve become a culture of oversharing, of documenting our private actions publicly. Of demanding new information and entertainment with a hit of the refresh button. Of ending all our statements with “leave a comment”.

    And so bloggers stop hunting, because the hunt takes time. The writing takes more time. The post or two a day that used to keep you ahead, now leaves you far behind.

    So what do you do when you find yourself frustrated that what you love doing is moving in a direction so at odds with why you started all this in the first place? You just say fuck them. And keep doing what you’re doing. The people you want to be speaking to, will still be paying attention.

    It will not get better, it will only keep evolving. Stay true to you.

  22. Bobby Solomon June 13, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    @Ben – Oh I see, you’re one of those old fashioned music guys who don’t get how the internet works in 2011. So all the music blogs in the world should stop posting music or mixes? Maybe we should all go back to buying CDs?

    As for my mixtapes, I specifically mix them together so that people aren’t able to have a single free track. If they wanted to extract the track it would be a huge pain in the ass. People have asked me for years to break them apart and I never have and never will, because that’s giving away free music. I have morals despite what you’re dreaming up.

    It’s 2011, man, let’s get with the times.

  23. Scott June 13, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Everyone here is making excellent points. I’m also curious to read and discuss what music/design blogs and readers think about ads vs. sponsored content/editorial. I have no problem with banners and advertising in general, mostly because without online advertising the internet would not be free. It’s a sad reality.

    Personally, I’ve become increasingly annoyed with site skins and expandable leaderboards. They’re so gigantic and distracting that I just stop going to those sites. Stereogum is an example of this. I’ve been visiting that site for years and love many of their editorial features, but the ads make it impossible to focus.

    This brings us back to the constant re-posting and explosion of press releases. Agencies, record labels and brands are ultimately concerned with the audience and demographic they’re reaching and the total number of page views. So if you’re blogging as a main source of income then this becomes a priority and major concern, and the value of content can slip. Running ads that go beyond traditional banner placements equates to a much bigger paycheck. What’s a blog to do…

  24. Stephen Howells June 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    I love this post Bobby. Your original content and opinions have been a benefit to me and I thank you for it. The popular sports broadcaster Jim Rome has a saying on his daily show, “have a take and don’t suck”. That’s good advice not just for broadcasters but bloggers as well.

  25. Ben June 13, 2011 at 1:26 PM

    Apparently getting with “the times” means streaming an entire album that hasn’t even released yet. Not because the record label or publicist hooked you up, but because someone entrusted the wrong person to handle the media, and he threw it online. Not to help promote the band, but to help promote himself. A bunch of other people found it and figured, “Well heck, why not.” And they all began to dig into the wallets of the people who worked their asses off to create something beautiful.

    Your argument regarding all the music resting on one track is completely irrelevant to the fact that it is still illegal to reproduce and distribute that music.

    Bobby:

    IT. IS. NOT. YOURS. TO. GIVE. AWAY.

  26. Ben June 13, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Additionally, just because I respect people’s property doesn’t mean I’m old-fashioned. I love that you think because just because it’s online means it should be free. If that makes me old-fashioned, then “the times” you speak of must be a society of crooks.

  27. jjjj June 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    What about not crediting photographers and paying them for their images that they took (which by the way is a very expensive to do) so that you can use their photos without permission so that you can collect on ad revenue?

    Or is that just 2011?

    Maybe we should all just do whatever we want, drink some beers.

  28. Bobby Solomon June 13, 2011 at 1:40 PM

    @Ben and @jjjj – If anyone wanted me to remove their content I would, it’s really that easy. But that’s never really come up, maybe 3 times in 4 years and that wasn’t for copyright purposes.

    You’ve skewed this conversation from what it’s meant to be, a call to bloggers to try and produce some real content rather than regurgitate press releases.

  29. Philip June 13, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    @Ben Regrading the stream for “an entire album that hasn’t even released yet”, i gather you mean the Bon Iver album. I presume it’s a legit stream as it’s taken from the NME’s website: http://www.nme.com/news/bon-iver/57187

    There are also streams of it available on The Guardian website and over on NPR. It’s a great album and I reckon one that’s worth buying on vinyl because of the excellent artwork by Gregory Euclide which is also featured in the post. The reason it’s shared here is because the NME has allowed it to be shared and it seemed like a nice idea to share it with people who may have missed out on it on the other sites. Hope that makes sense.

  30. jjjj June 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Bobby, I was just hoping to bring up a point, that blogs are not like the NYTIMES in that the NYTIMES has to credit and get a release for every photo. Just b/c the photographers don’t ask you to take it down does not mean that it is lawful or right. Ask APT THERAPY. They clear every photos. I was at a panel with them, and they said they got written permission for every image they post.

    I don’t personally think you should call out bloggers as being lazy, b/c bloggers are different, b/c they do not have staffs the size of the NYTIMES. If they did, then they could reasonably take all their own images, if their budgets allowed. And they could hire full time writers…..

    I just don’t think it is fair to get all high and mighty and put down others, for something that you don’t do, b/c other bloggers could call you lazy for not taking your own photos.

    That’s my point. Spread positivity.

  31. jjjj June 13, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Quality will always be recognized.

  32. Bobby Solomon June 13, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    @jjjj – I’m all about the positivity, that’s my style.
    My point has nothing to do with getting permission, that’s really not how the web works. What I do is give credit where it’s due, it’s all I can afford. I always link to my sources, or to artists/designers/musicians.

    My point is that blogs take ideas from other blogs, and say i’st their own, not giving credit to the right people. Or blogs that have people send them ideas which they post non-stop. There’s no digging, there’s no exploring the web, there’s no research, there’s no PASSION.

    Does that make sense?

  33. Alec Rojas June 13, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    I think one point that Bobby is trying to make – that most of the critics out here are overlooking – is the idea of writing to fit search engines and tag parameters and not writing as an expression of yourself, irrespective of tags, hits, and popularity. In an world where CAPSLOCK sometimes has more meaning thatn well organized thoughts, this should be lauded.

    Ben, I understand your concern about streaming media. But saying Bobby is committing copyright infringement is no different than saying the guy who uploads videos of songs (with lyrics provided) is doing copyright infringement. Or youtube uploads of live musical performances on television in the past 20 years. Or any media site providing an unauthorized stream. Yet all of these persist on the internet, untouched. There are youtube videos with millions of hits that have copyrighted material peppered through them. We can all agree on that. But in a world where major music producers can rip off timeless tracks without providing compensation, attacking a website you deem “under the radar” that provides a promotional, download free stream of music is simply laughable. Expressing your discontentand challenging people to read RIAA documents is downright funny as well. Not even musicians/ producers/DJs read RIAA documents. I encourage you to read up about current developments in copyright law and public domain work as well.

    But let’s also be clear: you don’t live by the law either. You more than have the right to play hardball with your criticism. But just because you want to call someone out for a few streams and some podcasts doesnt give you the right to attack his credentials in a way that borderline on libel. Your accusations are off base, especially in a forum that is trying to produce content. I write for my own satisfaction and the knowledge I might help an artist get a sale here or there. What is your purpose?

  34. Ben June 13, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    @Phillip :: Wow, someone has finally put forward a valid counter-argument. If it’s a legitimate stream allowing for unlimited syndication, then I obviously retract my argument regarding Bon Iver.

  35. Ben June 13, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    @Alec :: Thank you for your response. You’re right, places like YouTube is potent with bootlegged videos and music. However, does that really justify anyone else’s actions? My purpose here is to inject a little more responsibility to the blog. I made sure not to attack Bobby’s talent as a blogger, as I have no dispute with his talent in respect to sharing what he loves with others. I do, however, take offense to the disrespect of artists simply because it’s what everyone else is doing. I do hold this blog in high regard and believe that its larger-than-average audience does imply a bit more responsibility.

  36. jjjj June 13, 2011 at 2:33 PM

    @Alec and @Ben

    Great points to bring up! Great discussion.

    Alec, Bobby just tweeted that an intellectual property lawyer was going to chime in, so I am assuming that is you? I imagine the internet has thrown all of this into a huge grey area.

    In your opinion Alec, are photos intellectual property or can they be taken without written consent? I have heard so many different views on this, but the few lawyers I have had casual discussions say this is not legal to do so if you are making money off your site and advertising. Are magazines allowed to reprint photos without permission?

    Give us the heads up. This is a great discussion to continue, especially if we have an intellectual property lawyer on the board.

    And Bobby, of course, I’m all ears to hear your response to.

  37. Alec Rojas June 13, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    jjjj, yes. My whole motivation for going to law school was intellectual property studies, specifically those involving the recording arts and web-based media.

    Generally speaking, appropriating someone elses work for financial gain is illegal. However, the causal link between the media and the financial gain must be established. Advertising revenue is very generalized. Why do people click on links anyways? I tend to do it mostly on accident. The burden of proof here is on the accuser.

    Magazines have many times reprinted photos without permission and handled it in a “print first, pay later” manner. That doesn’t make it right. Often in life, there is a gap between legality and the actions taken, with many retroactive steps to prevent possible legal action. I can’t speak on the internal dealings of magazines, though.

    Photos offered for the public domain are free use. Public domain is a huge universe, one of my favorite things of all time and I could spend hours talking about the greatness of this legal contraption. To be specific, a lot of people release their photos onto the web either using the Creative Commons license or generally free of any licenses. When that is done, they are allowed for use by all. I call it the “Open sourcing” of art and literature.

    Hope that helps, I could talk about this for hours!

  38. jjjj June 13, 2011 at 3:23 PM

    Thanks Alec! Great points, and thanks for the discussion. Especially coming from a lawyer…

    It could be a great panel that I know would be full of people, or a creative mornings, b/c though it may not seem “creative” or “hip” to talk about, it does affect all of us creative folks. There is a definite need to promote, as well as protect.

    Cheers to you Alec… Ok, I’m out of here! Happy week to all.

  39. Kpr June 13, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Bobby,

    It’s interesting that you mention Bin’s (youmightfindyourself) in this discussion. You are aware that YMFY is almost entirely repurposed content right? While he does a good job curating that content he is largely just reposting content that isn’t new.

    He’s not shilling anything except for the occasional Timbuk2 product, and I agree that he does a good job with curating his content, but I’d like to know how you feel his blog fits within your argument against laziness.

  40. Bobby Solomon June 13, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    @Kpr – I think that’s a good question, and I’ve got a few answers for you.

    The first is exactly what you said, that he’s a good curator. Being a good curator means that he’s trying to look for interesting things to write about. Is some of it repurposed? Sure, but I’d personally say that’s the nature of Tumblr more than Bin. I had brunch with Bin over the weekend and it’s amazing the places he looks for cool stuff.

    As for the Timbuk2 projects, which I don’t think you were making a big deal about, you should think about him sharing those projects and ideas because he’s proud of them and proud to be associated with them. We all write about the things we’re proud of and he’s no different.

    I think a lot of blogs have a similar style to YMFY, like today and tomorrow and But Does It Float. You can see that there’s a cohesive thought to what they’re putting together, there’s a rhyme and a reason for what’s featured on their blogs.

    Or at least, that’s how I see it.

  41. hila June 18, 2011 at 2:41 AM

    personally, the biggest point I took from this post is that maybe there needs to be a bit of a mind-shift in terms of creating blog content. What I mean by that is that people have ‘content’ within their heads, without continually resorting to seeking it externally. We all have ideas and individual perspectives, why not use them to respond to other people’s creative outputs in a more subjective and original manner? and why not use them to formulate new topics?

    The overly pessimistic side of me thinks this may be a bit of a losing battle, as superficiality does seem to rule most of the time. But this side always loses to my more optimistic side that believes blogging can be a great form of expression with actual depth.

    So yeah, that’s my two cents. I don’t see the need to attack you for having an opinion, Bobby. I wish more people would actually voice one.

  42. Giuliano June 19, 2011 at 3:41 AM

    Great one, Bobby. No more to say.

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