Are blogs bad for web designers?

“Neglecting this blog” is an understatement—I haven’t been blogging at all in this blog. Sorry about that. I guess I’ve just been so busy with work that I felt talking about anything that directly pertains to my profession won’t do any good to my stress levels. Anyway, on to the topic!

I have to admit that I was never really active in the local design scene here in the Philippines—I’ve been more active in the blogosphere. Anyway, I stumbled upon this discussion about Personal Site Versus Blogs, a few months back (I think that was sometime in February). It basically asked what the difference between blogs and personal sites is, and which of those two are gaining leverage.

Sadly, most say that the two are one and the same—which I totally disagree with. The topic poster was referring to “personal sites” as those personal sites that was so “in fashion” back in the 1990’s, where the owner would put in his autobiography, favorite things, links, and of course, ever-popular guestbook.

It’s easy to confuse blogs with plain old personal sites, especially if you only consider blogs as an online diary of telling whoever cares what you did and ate that day. Blogs have already evolved into so much more. It can be a recipe center, a wedding guide, a tech news and reviews journal, or a sports reportage—all written with a personal touch. Considering blogs as simply a “Dear-Diary-this-is-what-I-did-today” aspect of a personal site is just so… outdated.

But then again, if you still think that Macromedia Flash is the new black… It isn’t really surprising that this mentality exists, doesn’t it?

Now, back to the main question, are blogs bad for web designers? Continue reading “Are blogs bad for web designers?”

Blog-hopping quirks

I have a million things to do (one would be finishing this site), but this is just too good to pass up.

There’s a “discussion” brewing on the latest entry of my personal blog. Things are getting a bit snappy, and I might have to step in the middle soon to police the arguments.

The post was actually simple. I just pointed out a few what-not’s in blogging (actually, I just pointed out my bloghopping pet-peeves), and obviously, got a reaction from some people. Most of the “interesting” stuff in the comments are written in Filipino, so for the benefit of those who don’t speak the language, let me sum it up for you: Some people can’t take criticism, to the point of even defending bad grammar. Cute, don’t you think? 😛

Quality writing is actually one of the more important aspects of a blog, well at least for me. Obviously, it’s not something that everybody puts importance to. But then again, blogging is a form of writing. You might not be the best writer, but it helps to at least make it grammatically correct for people to understand what you’re saying.

Probably it really is just a personal preferrence, but really now. Blogs are public, so the public reads them. Simply saying “I don’t care” when commented upon on bad grammar is simply selfish, if not condescending. It really annoys me when I try to read blogs with bad grammar, but it annoys me more when I get a snotty “It’s my blog, I don’t care” response after constructively pointing out a mistake in the blog or design. I don’t really see any good reason behind shutting constructive criticisms point blank except for childishness. True, the blog is the author’s. But being outright snotty doesn’t do any good. In my opinion, even if a criticism isn’t a praise for my work or writing, I think the person who pointed that out deserved thanks for being concerned enough to help me improve. But then again, maybe it’s just me.

Other quirks I have when blog-hopping are the usual blinky backgrounds, unreadable text, and migraine-inducing color schemes. How about you guys? Got any blog-hopping quirks?