Why Turn Blogs Into Newspapers?

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newspapers.jpgMichael Parekh wants the ability to have “pages” (page 1, page 2, page 3) on blogs to split quick, external content (think the rundown section of this blog) with the important stuff like essays, writeups, interviews, commentary, whatever. Every frequent/tech blogger that I know of, including myself, has a different approach to this.

Dave Winer uses his WordPress blog for his longer essays as opposed to Scripting News for his quick links. I have a separate section on the homepage (rundown: latest links) which also has its seperate page, however, everything that I post (think rundown links + writeups such as this one) get compiled in one RSS feed, with no exception. Rafat Ali from PaidContent does a similar thing. Michael Arrington uses CrunchNotes not neccesarily for his one-liners, like mine and Dave’s, but for unrelated/quicker stuff that doesn’t fit into TechCrunch. Richard MacManus over at Read/WriteWeb seperates his writeups with daily “rundowns” [compilation of links] which he calls filters, such as this one. Steve Rubel over at MicroPersuasion does the same thing, but calls them “links for XXXXX.” Of course, now Om Malik from GigaOm has now joined the gang with The Daily Om.

As you can clearly see, a lot of bloggers, many who could be coined as “A-listers,” each have their own way to seperate content, but they have one — which is most important. This is Blogging 2.0 right here. Seperation of content. Ok, I’m only kidding — please, don’t coin a term on this — leave it “seperation of content.”

So, I come back to Michael Parekh’s point. Do we really need a page 1, page 2, page 3? Excuse me for believing so, but I’m not seeing the light here. I think as long as a blogger seperates his or her content, and the readers know about it — it’s fine. How this is done is up to the blogger and how it’s read is up to the reader. And also, as my title says, aren’t we, as bloggers, going against traditional media, newspapers, etc. than moving toward them? If each blog becomes a newspaper, well, watch out, a bubble’s going to burst.


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