I know there’s a lot of people that don’t get blogging. They think it’s just about people with nothing better to do trying to give themselves a soapbox. Sure, there are some people like that, but there’s also some good to blogging.
Firstly, there’s the people who keep others to account. It’s unusual for someone to be trying to keep both sides to account, so you need to read those blogs with others of the other side. A couple examples of this from New Zealand would be Whaleoil and The Standard. People think Whaleoil is a dick, because he posts a very one sided story. And yes, he does. But let’s be honest, in order to blog about politics, you need to be politically opinionated and, as such, you’re going to take a side. I also find it funny that the same people who rip into Whaleoil then quote The Standard.
Secondly, and this is the case for this blog, not everyone blogs for other people. I write this blog so I have a bit of a record of the stuff I was thinking. I add some stuff, like the Screw Two Minute Noodles, because I hope it will help people, but mostly, it’s just opinions I have that I’m throwing out there. If people read them, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s cool too.
So before you rip into people for blogging, think about why they’re doing it. It might not be because they are the soapbox bloggers you’re assuming.