Sam De Brito’s blog, All Men are Liars, was nominated for a 2008 Weblog award for Best Australian and New Zealand blog. This is a travesty. Not because De Brito’s blog is poor quality- in fact, he is a very fine writer. But because All Men Are Liars is not a blog.
I know blogs are fairly new and really, blogging is a fluid concept. But beside the fact it is hosted online and has a comments section, there is nothing blog-like about All Men Are Liars. It is basically a regular column hosted digitally. That is it.
I think a truly great blog should be frequent, but somewhat irregular. It should be interactive. It should combine long, thoughtful and well-though-out posts with half thoughts, comments and links. It should be genuinely interactive.
Look at the other blogs nominated from around the globe: they are real blogs, not just columns on the websites of mainstream media organisations. All Men Are Liars is NOT A BLOG. It’s just yet another example of Australia’s poor internet and blogging culture.