So Some Kuwait Blogs May Suck, But Let’s Not Get Carried Away Here.
Look, I’ll be the first to admit it: Kuwait’s blogosphere is, to put it mildly, seriously lacking. In the last few years there has been a massive upsurge of people taking to WordPress or Blogspot in Kuwait and, unfortunately, tainting the blogosphere with their beyond annoying and money-hungry blogging practices.
From the established, big-time bloggers to the up and coming yearlings, the Kuwaiti blogosphere could undoubtedly stand to lose a good number of these needlessly wasteful blogs. Because the truth is that, to a great extent, a whole lot of blogs in Kuwait suck.
Now, you guys know I’ve never shied away from pointing out some mass discrepancies or flaws of which the blogosphere suffers. The number of problems have spiraled out of hand and have snowballed into a collective lack of ethics, originality, and purpose. I don’t have the experience nor the drive required to try and tackle this monstrously growing issue.
But I will admit that, even if you can’t fix the problem, it sure doesn’t hurt to vent about it. In fact, it can only help.
When you expose a problem in the blogosphere, whether specific or general, you have immense potential. You can inform both bloggers and readers of some harmful practices they might not notice otherwise; you can call out certain bloggers for their deliberate wrongdoing or exploitation on their respective blogs; you can help re-define the parameters of what it truly means to be a ‘good’ and ‘bad’ blogger.
Now, to do all these things requires a few gulping spoonfuls of the age-old, tough love medicine: criticism. Preferably constructive criticism (that which also provides a solution to the problem), but criticism nonetheless.
If someone is trying to scam people out of their money, they deserve to be called a con-artist. If someone is using words that aren’t theirs without mentioning a source, they deserve to be called a plagiarist. If someone is being obnoxious and rude, well, they deserve to be called an absolute twat.
Point is, if someone deserves to get called out for something they’ve done then there is no reason they shouldn’t get what’s coming to them. This is a statement which I will never take back. If you did the crime, you deserve the time. No exceptions.
Now, if you’ve read on this far and if you follow the Kuwaiti blogosphere you probably already know what I’m kind of hinting at here. That’s right, a particularly new blog on the block (which goes by the oh so subtle name of Kuwait Blogs Suck) seems to be stirring up a whole lot of drama as of late.
People either absolutely love this blog for its ballsy stance against some of the annoying and harmful habits in which some of Kuwait’s biggest blogging names partake, or they completely hate it for its less than diplomatic and, on a number of occasions, full-on insulting commentary on the bloggers’ personal choices on things like web design or on some writing mishaps.
As is usually the way, I’m going to play Switzerland in this scenario.
I honestly believe there is a real need for critical assessment of Kuwait’s blogosphere and I think that the person who can do that efficiently and can make people more aware of what constitutes a quality blog from a sham blog is definitely a very smart and commendable person. In the times that I have noticed Kuwait Blogs Suck make these kinds of useful, critical assessments on Kuwaiti bloggers I have mostly nodded to myself in happy agreement.
But whenever I was compelled to join the comment section and give Kuwait Blogs Suck a figurative pat on the back for exposing and criticizing key problems (even half-crimes) which some bloggers are fully partaking in, I would find myself holding back.
That’s because I’ll see another post in which Kuwait Blogs Suck completely eviscerates another blogger for using a header or a blog design which Kuwait Blogs Suck personally doesn’t like. Or I’ll see her throw in an insult to a blogger’s intelligence or their lifestyle within her ‘criticism.’ Or I’ll see her needlessly and tastelessly ‘trolling’ (publicly harassing or fooling) a blogger.
And, upon seeing these things, I just don’t know anymore. I mean, with a name like Kuwait Blogs Suck it’d be very easy to assume that this is a blog which is nearly begging people to pay attention to it and is pretty much baiting its readers for angry, negative responses. And then seeing these little insulting, personal jabs here and there reaffirms this assumption.
But then I read a post which Kuwait Blogs Suck made on behalf of the brilliantly verbose Caesar Fernandes of Kuwait Music fame and I’ve begun having a change of heart. The post was about the horribly worsening state of Kuwait’s blogosphere transforming from a portal of personal, local expression to a group of corporate-leeching zombies.
So I’m going to give Kuwait Blogs Suck the benefit of the doubt and assume that she’s really trying to do something good while unwittingly stepping into some critically questionable areas herself.
My final verdict on it is this: Sure, some Kuwait blogs may absolutely and totally suck. But let’s not get carried away with the trolling, insulting, hate-mongering comments that are based purely on personal taste. Let’s just stick to looking at content and all the other practices that come with the whole blogging shebang.
All my love!