Stop the insanity!

Blogs are hotter than heat right now, so apparently every new web venture is a blog. Like this one.

Now, I like cars, and I even like some of the articles on that site, but that is not a blog. What is a blog?

  • Mantra:
    An online Journal
  • Feed for all:
    Blog is short for weblog. A weblog is a journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site.
  • Toby Simkin:
    A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links.

What do most of these definitions have in common? They use the word journal, which implies it’s personal … something from one or a small group of people.

I checked out the blog entry on Wikipedia, and found some support for this position, but not enough to make me happy.

I guess the type of “blog” that I feel is not a blog is the over-commercialized advertising-ridden big-company-supported part–of-a-ring type of blog like Autoblog.

It’s not a blog. It’s a business.