I do TRY and get my facts straight (were there many glaring innaccuracies in Ra piece?), because essentially that’s laudable, but I’d warn readers that what I’m up to is imparting my enthusiasm. I don’t really want to get mired in research and I’ll freely admit that sometimes I haven’t got a fucking clue what I’m talking about (er, Italo for starters).

I’ve been meaning to talk about this for a while. Look, let’s get one thing fucking straight. The blogging scene isn’t some virtual kleenex so PROFESSIONAL writers can show off, let off steam, show us how it’s done — show us what they REALLY want to write. What a load of crap. I’d have thought anyone who’s ever heard of punk would know something about that.

But REAL blogging isn’t about Director’s cuts. It’s not some fanzine Heaven’s Gate. It’s about real people finding a voice and connecting with people, not about polishing your online CV. Criticize a a blog all you want — fuck, I’ve slagged off enough people on here, why I’ve even slagged off Ingram, and he’s slagged off me — but let’s not get too, ‘ow you say, bourgeois about it. Let’s not impose turgid PROFESSIONAL standards on the people’s press. Let’s not go all 1974 ya dig?

Don’t get me wrong. The PROFESSIONAL writers are alright in their place — they can join in. I like a PROFESSIONAL writer’s blog as much as the next man, but lets sort our values out here people. The reason why Reynolds — to pick a random (huh!) example — is thick with the blogging crew is that he does a good blog. It’s home made, it’s not subbed, it’s a FAN’S writing. That’s the deal. That’s what it’s about. Why do you think he rates Luka’s writing, and Matt’s for that matter? Cos it has the content and it has the chops and you know what? It wouldn’t get published in a PROFESSIONAL’S journal of record in a million years, not in that form. They’re not wannabes. They’re the real thing.

I figured this out real early reading one the first blogs — Doc Searls’ one. (Not to be confused with Doc Sheils BTW — oh for a Doc Shiels blog!) He’s both a real writer, and a real FAN, and he knows the difference, and can articulate the journalistic ethics he has to pursue when doing his thing. And, most importantly, he knows which side of the fence is most important in blogging. Of course, the tedious fucks slagging Ingram off probably have never heard of him…

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