Update: Some people seem to think I’m "depressed" because I’m not making enough money and other people are. No, sorry, Gabe, that’s not it. I actually make a pretty nice wage between doing this stuff and writing books. I could make more, but I’m very comfortable with my income, thanks. My complaint is about the intellectual deadness of the blogosphere. Thanks to Tris Hussey for the pointer and the kind words.
I’ve been observing an annoying trend on TechMeme for a while now: when a good discussion happens over the weekend, obviously some writers will miss it – then they sleep on it, come back to it a few days later and TechMeme picks it up as a new theme.
To be fair, the rest of Zoli’s comment is fairly insightful. But I note that he didn’t actually give his readers a chance to go read what I wrote so they could compare his reaction to my original argument. Instead, he sent them to Techmeme. Ugh. [My mistake. As Zoli points out in the comments, there is a link to my post, but it doesn't appear until nine paragraphs in. My name is in the second paragraph, and the links there both point to Techmeme,. Apologies to Zoli for getting that part wrong.]
Techmeme is the Short Attention Span Theater of the blogosphere. It’s an echo chamber. It encourages reactive, uncritical thinking. The blogswarm gets outraged by whatever they see on Techmeme, they write down whatever pops into their heads (without checking any facts and in most cases without even following the links), and then moves on to the next topic. A "discussion" lasts 24 hours.
Techmeme is a template for a gazillion me-too bloggers who manage to write a dozen posts a day without ever expressing an original thought. That, depressingly, appears to be a successful business model, at least for now.
I could make a lot of money if I followed that same business model. But as those who visit here regularly have probably noticed, that’s not my style. It’s rare if I write 10 posts a week at this site and ZDNet combined.
Meanwhile, back to my post, What Microsoft can teach Apple about software updates. How dare I actually look at an issue and provide a detailed discussion about it?! With screenshots and everything! We already had this conversation last week! It dropped off the front page two days ago! It’s old news! You missed it! Don’t you read Techmeme?
Uh, no. I look at Techmeme once or twice a month, just to remind myself what a waste of time it is, and then I go read stuff that matters. I have more than 100 technology-related websites and RSS feeds in my reading list. Very few of them ever talk about whatever is hot on Techmeme right now. Which suits me just fine.
And please, don’t get me started on Digg.