This past weekend, Joi Ito reflected on what he writes about these days vs what he may have written about a year ago (here)
“However, as I read criticisms in the comments and on other blogs about what I write, I have become increasingly sensitive about what I say here. The criticism is often valid. “Check your facts before you post.” “Read before you write.” “Don’t be so self-obsessed.” “That was stupid.” “The tone of your post was offensive to me.” “So this guy posts every time he’s ‘off’ to somewhere new.”
Because of that he feels that his blogging is maybe becoming too broad and boring. Hmm…I hope not!
That inspired Halley Suitt to write a pretty thoughtful and honest piece about her perceptions of rich and snobby suburbia and how she increasingly feels alienated by it all (here). As I was reading her article I was both laughing and feeling deep empathy for what she is going through. While for very different reasons, I too ask myself many of the same questions – and I am sure that lots of people do.
But then you get to the comment section and she gets dumped on…concluding that “The blogosphere has become so contentious, it seems like no matter what you write, people jump all over your ass.” Maybe Joi Ito’s idea of switching to autoblogger is not such a bad idea after all…