The final category in citizen journalism is the personal blog. Done right, the personal blog can be a concise and categorized attempt to capture a specific audience. YelPar uses the producton site blogspot.com to share multicultural food experiences, making the observations and notes that a professional food journalist would. The problem with sites like the one managed by YelPar, is that the information comes from one individual who is virtually unknown, unrecognizable and therefore, non-credible. Even more, personal blogs are often messy, filled with inconsistencies, and disorganized. A place where a reader can seldom find a reliable piece of news is not so much a source of journalism, but just a blog.
An esteemed newspaper columnist is now reduced to being called your ordinary blogger and for better or worse, so is a frequent teenage TwittererI get annoyed myself when I see journalists being referred to as bloggers, as annoyed as I get when I see news services producing blogs or at least what they deem to be a blog. They're mostly awful constructs and insanely dull. Take this motley bunch from the West Australian Newspaper. My god, go report some worthy news or something, stop mutilating the blog concept. Just call them opinion pieces like you used to. Have a read of some of these, like Simon Collins whom I gather from his "blog" posts has something to do with music. His latest entry is "Get your motor runnin': best driving songs" oh and last month it was "the best and worst AFL songs" What's next Simon? "The 10 best songs that have the word mediocrity in them"? I'm not sure I can contain my excitement.
Look, I'm happy to make a deal with newspapers and journalists, you don't blog ever again and I wont run breaking news stories. Deal? I'm not giving up reviewing the places I dine at though, sorry Karen.