The Trouble With Blogs
My particular trouble with blogs is that I have too many of them and my list keeps growing. Blogs have become a web publisher’s quick fix to getting content up in a decent format with very little work. The act of downloading a widget or plug-in makes the task of building a contact form easy and adding a page is just a couple clicks away. What the current blog tools don’t provide is a means by which you can organize your content prior to just loading it onto the site. It also doesn’t address user interaction, but rather depends on widgets and plug-ins as the solution. If a plug-in had been downloaded 2,567 times — it must be a good one and chances are that you will also download it. But is it really the best plug-in out there or the one that has been made available for the longest time?
At this point in time I have about seven blogs (I’m afraid to actually count) that I have either created myself or that I have administrator access too. And it’s over whelming. A few of these blogs have been created as a means to showcase my work on a specific project. Others are blogs that should be updated and maintain on a regular bases and now I have one that I’m developing as a profile/portfolio for myself. Initial I wanted to create my own CSS and blog template, which I will still plan to do over the summer, because I didn’t like the templates that I found. However, the time it takes to create the files is just not available to me right now. So instead, I found a template that I can use as a mock-up for what I want my site template to look like. The header imagine has been changed, my colors have been selected and now I’m back to trying to figure out what content I want to post and what the user wants to see when they locate my site.
So I guess the real trouble with blogs is that they are easy to create and yet increasingly difficult to create with a well defined purpose.