Is This Really Blogging?

bloggingThis really has nothing to do with anything important, just an observation I’ve made over the past couple of days as I’ve run across a bunch of sites that are essentially doing the same thing. These blogs will quote, usually in full, a news story or article and will add virtually none of their own content, maybe a sentence or two at the top and a sentence or two at the bottom.  Otherwise, the entire content is quoted from elsewhere.

I don’t know, that kind of bugs me.  If you’re not going to write your own content, why bother blogging at all?  Why not just be a link-farmer?  It isn’t like they’re trying to get hits for ad revenue or some other nonsense, they’re clearly staying on topic and they have something, although not much, to say about the subject matter.  It’s just that’s all they do, day in and day out, copy a story, say a few words and move on.  If you don’t have something worthwhile to say, if you’re just stealing someone else’s content, which is essentially what this is, why don’t you stop wasting everyone’s time?

Now sure, I don’t have to read it and mostly I don’t, I just keep stumbling across blogs that are doing this and I really don’t get it.  Anyone else want to try explaining it to me?

5 thoughts on “Is This Really Blogging?

  1. I don't necessarily mind this approach as long as the person doing it offers some comment on the story. But you are right that if they don't – if all they do is copy and paste what someone else has written – I don't find that terribly impressive. Having said that, I am positive that I've been guilty of doing this at least a few times. I'm sure I did it when I was first starting out and didn't know any better. There has been a bit of a learning curve for me in this particular game.

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  2. Link Farmer?

    I love that term.

    Of course it is not blogging. A chimp could learn to cut and paste articles.

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