My sincerest apologies to Paul Boutin, but I’ve started a blog. Who, you may ask, is Paul Boutin and why have I decided to devote the very first sentence of my very first blog entry to him? Well, Paul Boutin is a correspondent for the Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag. One of his columns was recently published in Wired magazine and in his article Mr. Boutin graciously passed along some friendly advice. To quote Mr. Boutin, “Thinking about launching your own blog? Don’t”. In his opinion, social multimedia sites like Facebook and Twitter make blogs (again I quote Mr. Boutin) “look so 2004”.
Ouch, that’s a little harsh.
Mr. Boutin is a fan of brevity and his argument is that the time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Facebook or Twitter (OK, that time I didn’t quote him, I just plagiarized him). There’s more to the article, but I won’t bore you with his thoughts…I’d prefer to bore you with my own thoughts.
Since blogs are “so 2004” maybe I should jump in my DeLorean time machine and travel back to 2004 to start my blog. Unfortunately, the flux capacitor is on the fritz, so no time travel for me. I’m just going to ignore Mr. Boutin’s advice, and start a blog right now in 2008. Hey, I’m a fan of Facebook and Twitter, but I highly doubt they are going to completely replace blogs. Sometimes it’s hard to express yourself in a brief Facebook or Twitter update. For example, how can I possibly convey my love of Entenmann’s Devils Food Crumb doughnuts in a mere 140 characters? It’s impossible!
So, yes, I’ve started a blog. Paul Boutin may not be happy about it, but I am.