I have to say this there is a problem in the blogosphere. People aren't taking themselves seriously enough.
I was alerted to this problem by an article on Guardian Unlimited by Jonathan Freedland.
He reports on the need for a code of conduct for bloggers and those who comment on them. He compares the land of blogging to a public meeting on Iraq which is getting out of hand. Herein lies the problem. People are not taking themselves seriously enough. Taking yourself too seriously is what blogging is all about. That is what makes it truly wonderful.
Too many bloggers are trying to be journalists. Too many bloggers are writing about Iraq. Once again I am a total hypocrite having written about Iraq only last week. Read back what I had to say and you will see it's really not worth worrying about. Just a basic 'why didn't we think more before going in'. The journalistic equivalent of a tut.
Look! Real journalism is exemplified by Alan Johnston. Here is a journalist who not only worked in Gaza he actually chose to live there. Let's hope he gets to live there again. The mainstream media are not perfect but they are quite well informed and the only reason not to listen to them is because you've watched one too many '9/11 Truth' videos on youtube (if President Bush was capable of organizing 9/11 then the war in Iraq would be easy).
Let the mainstream media report on Iraq and then Bloggers can get back to doing what they do best. Talking about themselves.
Think about all the best blogs and they involve the same stuff individuals talking about their lives. Their Bilingual toddlers. Their life in Norfolk. The fact they like to tie up good looking men. I don't know what it's like to do any of that stuff so I read.
It's time we got away from all this serious debate. Let's just have fun. Just tell me about you. That's all. Make it fun, my life is miserable enough as it is. The Internet has lost it's sense of fun. That is really why people are getting comments threatening them with death because it's all got serious and if someone is a popular blogger then other people who haven't got as many hits will just get all bitter and if they can't get their own stuff on Iraq read they'll just leave hateful comments on someone else's website.
Forget about other people. Make. This. About. You.
I don't write this for people to read – oh I do except that some people do read this regularly, and I#d like to take this opportunity to thank both of you- I write this because I love writing. Don't worry if something newsworthy happens in my patch, I'll tell you.
Even though I'm crap at it because I can't spell and I have no idea how to 'do' grammar.
So. Internet. Tell me something about you. Or just take a photo out of the window of the place where you blog. A place which is mundane to you but I will never see without your help – you see that's what matters in this global world: The local. Then send me a link. Use the comments or e-mail it to me (it's not hard to find my e-mail address when you know what I do for a living) we can collect them all in one place and it'll be just like the Gallery on Tony Hart's old programme from when I was a kid.
If you can't take a photo out of the window because you are an anonymous blogger then take a piccy of a small detail of your home. Like a plug. Even that will tell me a little bit about you.
For example this suggests an unmarried person: Single appliance and neutral wall colouring.
While this is more suggestive of a couple with kids.
Seriously Internet, if you've ever loved me, you'll do this one small thing for me.
Go and have fun and play nicely.
Oh and yes I do go round other people's houses and take photos of their plugs. I'm a blogger and I carry a camera everywhere.
Church of England Chaplain University of Southampton