Weekend Mood


(Or Why Fast Posts Killed The Blog Star)

Spent the day at Comporta Café celebrating a friend's birthday - a great way to get my mind off work and bask in the sun, a hint of what is in store for Summer.

Only news item of note: Russell Beattie stopped blogging. There's been a downward spiral in the number (and quality) of people writing about the many aspects of mobility and a tremendous increase in "banner click magnets" with rushed posts about gadgetry and new phone models, and I'm chalking this up as a significant data point in that drop.

Given that I, too, have moved away from the broad issues in the mobile industry (as much due to my Disclaimer as to my being rather too immersed in them to be completely impartial) and that there has been very little incentive in dissecting every little nuance of a rapidly changing market when every factoid is re-posted, re-linked and quoted to death, I'm not really surprised.

For the past couple of years, the rise of US-centric, "mass market" blogs has only confirmed my old adage that the trend of "fast posts" will do for the term "food for thought" mostly the same that fast food did for restaurants - i.e., starve our minds of decent, nutritious concepts.

In a way, the high-power blogs, with their quick, tongue-in-cheek blurbs and offhand linkage to more in-depth analysis done by people who actually understand what they are writing about, have become a new, more pernicious form of spam that erodes our perception of the real issues, and individual voices like Russell's were the anti-acid.

Ah well. I suppose I'll have to find more writers to tickle my neurons.

Dear Auntie Lazyweb:

Any suggestions for decent, unbiased opinions regarding the whole mobile industry?

I've become a core network guy over the past three years, and find the "Wi-Fi and VoIP will kill WCDMA" mantra that most US-centric writers keep repeating to be a particularly idiotic cross between wishful thinking and navel-gazing, so European writers (who usually have more of a clue as to what the mobile industry is really like) are vastly preferred.