A rant about the state of blogging

In A rant about the state of blogging, Simon Collison rants about how some (loud) voices in the web community have recently complained about what they feel is a lack of innovation.

I fully agree with Simon on this. Yes, a lot of things have been written about web standards, CSS, and semantic markup. No, we haven’t heard it all before. Not enough, anyway. No, web standards as a subject is not “dead”, “boring”, or something that everybody knows everything about.

Here’s my comment from one of the posts Simon is referring to:

Yes, we (the “community”) have covered many issues already.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we’ve covered them thoroughly enough. It also doesn’t mean that everybody knows what people reading the web standards related blogs know. Not even those who do read these blogs know everything there is to know about HTML and CSS. Not even the people who write the articles we read know everything. Far from it.

What I’m getting at is that the more good information there is, the greater the chance that people new to web design/development, or web professionals who don’t read blogs (and there are many) find good (as in recent and correct) information on how to solve their problems when they search Google.

And there is much more to discuss when it comes to accessibility, usability, semantics, modern use of unobtrusive JavaScript, etc, etc.

So, anyone who writes articles on web standards, CSS, XHTML, accessibility, or whatever, keep sharing your knowledge.

Posted on January 13, 2005 in Quicklinks, Web General, Web Standards


  1. What can I say but that I agree with you? Also, even if several people write about the same topic, teaching the same things, some may write in a boring style, some in a fun style. Some may write for the nerds, some for the beginners. What one have problems explaining, another one shows easily. And some articles leaves you with a “OK, so what?”-reaction, while others give you the wow-feeling; “I gotta try this!”

    So keep it coming - even if it’s not a brand new topic.

  2. Thank you! I appreciate this blog and all the others that deal with web standards… whenever I run across a new problem, Google usually turns up the answer from one of the web standards blogs I’ve visited in the past. I’m so glad there is so much helpful information out there!

  3. Well sometimes you need to hear it twice or thrice to get it. While somepeople seem to have a knack of writing in a good understandable way while others just write a mess.

  4. Funny to read this now because last week I unsubscribed from a lot of HTML/CSS blogs because… it has become boring! Now I don’t want to hurt anyone here, and I’m all for people writing new stuff about this, but I’ve been there, done that, and I got the frigging T-Shirt. Personally I found I needed to move on to new areas of interest, to expand my knowledge.

    And, due to the nature of the web, that’s possible! I’ve added this blog, for instance, to my “Filters”, and I know I can trust Roger to keep writing about the latest web updates here… but I just don’t have to follow it personally. For me, that’s great. And I suppose it’s the same for most of the people who are complaining now.

  5. I agree with you. I find it boring, too, sometimes, but at least that is the time I know the web standards are here for long time. Not much innovation for last few months, but that is somehow better than innovating each month and having problems to keep up the speed.

  6. January 14, 2005 by Roger Johansson (Author comment)

    Mark: It’s up to everyone to decide what they want to read, so I don’t see a problem with that. Some of us haven’t reached the “web standards/HTML/CSS is boring” stage just yet, though ;-)

    I’ll be happy to act as a filter for you and others who don’t feel they have the time to keep up. That’s one of the reasons I try provide high quality links.

  7. Roger: yeah, of course. But the feeling I get from rants about these things is that you shouldn’t complain and just write stuff! It doesn’t work like that. Anyway, thanks for your good stuff :)

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