"Thinking about launching your own blog? Here's some friendly
advice: Don't. And if you've already got one, pull the plug.
"Writing a weblog today isn't the bright idea it was four years
ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy
self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami
of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing
campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths.
It's almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why
bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is
better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or
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