12 thoughts on “Have we run out of things to say?”

  1. I’m so sick of all the noise.

    All of the posts about app feature launches, site redesigns, job changes, yada, yada, yada…

    I want a sort of Economist magazine (daily or weekly, digital preferred) for technology, startups, and innovation. I want fewer stories and more depth. Am I the only one?

  2. @David RE: ” I want fewer stories and more depth,” I agree wholeheartedly. Yes please. Willing to pay for deeper insights.

  3. No, you’re not the only one, David. It amazes me that some of the tech blogs have so many dozens of posts each day. There just isn’t that much going on that really matters.

  4. It’s not that we’ve run out of things to say, although it can certainly feel that way sometimes. It’s just that most bloggers – even many mainstream journalists – don’t feel an incentive to take the time and effort to produce longer, more in-depth content. The short, keyword-heavy, SEO friendly, 3x/day postings get more traffic sooner and keep the ad revenue flowing. It’s hard to maintain the kind of thoughtfulness and research that goes into in-depth analysis and reporting. I tried to do it for the music industry at creativedeconstruction.com and got burned out when it turned out to be so difficult to gain any kind of momentum. I’m about to give it a second try with the advantage of 2 years of hindsight. I hope more decide to do the same.

  5. @davidrepas @cartertrout While the modality and methods of distributions are different and will keep changing, I dont think the core tenets of what means as valuable information will change. I am pretty sure all insights are going to become drab as well if you were getting them all the time. think the key here is providing value and context and making the right choices on what to focus.

    While many such as RichardBennett, a long time friend who disagrees with me and us a lot, but there is room for debate and counter arguments. I think we (at GigaOM) have found the balance between different needs – audience, first and foremost, then the writers and of course the need to pay bills. Of course it is all different on a day to day basis and finding that balance is the key driver.

    Perhaps that is why I feel overwhelmed by the non-news passing as that. Anyway. My two cents.

  6. @richardbennett

    I think the definition of tech has become very narrow – consumer Internet and services. Actually if one broadens the horizon – from chips to pipes to policy to services – the tech sector needs a dynamic set of publications to track it all. Each one of us (writers) have our own beats (and interests) that propel the coverage.

  7. There’s tons of great stuff to write about but the future of tech journalism is not product journalism, that’s the white space filler. I have no shortage of things I want to write about.

  8. I’ve been covering the marketing communications beat for 7.5 years and I see the same issue. In fact, I’m having a hard time even glancing at the press releases or articles I see in the trades and on blogs.

    Maybe it’s me. After 10,000 posts, maybe I’ve finally outgrown my own site and there really is nothing left to say. Or maybe it’s not me, and the topic never was all that interesting in the first place.

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