Friday, October 26, 2012
What the hell is a "blogment?"
It's a word that I made up to describe comments about the South Florida blogosphere that will be part of an occasional feature here at SFDB. I've found that while I'm sometimes able to integrate my comments about the blogosphere into my Sifts, I need more room to explain how I see the blogosphere evolving and changing.
As soon as you stop laughing, we'll proceed.
I wanted to start off by mentioning what I'm finding to be some of the "hotter," more interesting blogs that are currently on the SFDB blogroll. Salty Eggs and Arterpillar are respectively ripping up the local music and art scenes with frequent posting and some excellent coverage. As I've mentioned before and you've no doubt noticed, the eclectic Critical Miami is back and pumping out some great posts that include some super images. And I'm enjoying On Two Shores' fresh and up to date perspectives on Cuba.
At the other end of the spectrum, Brickell Life and Blind Mind have stopped posting and Miami Beach 411 and The Heat Lightening seem to be running on fumes these days.
Carlos Miller has moved on from Pixiq and is doing his own thing here with a stable of writers. Speaking of stable of writers, The305.Com has increased their posting frequency by (apparently) bringing on additional staff. And I'm happy to report that it looks like Burger Beast is back to regularly reviewing comfort food outlets.
A larger trend that I'm watching in the South Florida blogosphere is the use of the blogging platform to promote events or even other social media outlets being used by the blogger. While this is not new to the blogosphere, it seems that some blogs are almost totally consumed in this practice and rarely post what has generally been considered traditional blogging material any longer. Is this a growing trend? I'm not sure. But when a blog does virtually nothing but advertise its own projects or ventures or affiliated businesses or associations then, in my opinion, it is no longer a blog but just another marketing tool.
On a final note, viewing Beached Miami's recent post that contained a bunch of Halloween Critical Mass images from years past made me realize just how much I miss Robby Campbell's photography and contributions to Beached Miami. I know he's got Sketchy Miami going on but, Robby, SFDB misses you, man. Think about it.
Lastly, as a reminder, proper etiquette in the blogosphere always includes linking to the source of your material. Link love is where it's at.