That was a question. And also a preclusion to my own opinion of what happened. It’s gonna be blunt, you might not like it, you might think i’m an elitist, you might think i am hopelessly goday for beginning a sentence with ‘and’, but here’s what i think.
Too much crap. Three words. I hop onto it this morning after what seems like aeons and i am confronted with the posts above. Bland reproductions from news sources. News stories five days old. Posts about movies my baby cousins watched last year etc. Then you have the underground scene. Blogs completely dedicated to pictures of girls from various parties around Colombo, skimpily clad models etc.
Why? Well, In part i think this is a symptom of the expansion of the blogsphere. As blogging became more popular; more and more people thought of acheiving some petty notoriety or small revenue through Google ads by hacking up their own blog.
I know a guy who once had a whole blog dedicated to pictures of female Tamil movie stars. He’d get them from various e-mails and copy them from other websites; even optimizing post titles for better search engine results. I kid you not. Pretty soon he began earning some revenue. So not bad for a business venture started out of free time at work. Its probably still going strong i don’t know.
All the crap out there came up because of the increase in internet usage and increase in demand for time wasting and drool worthy content with a corresponding increase in supply. The expansion of net users has squeezed out and diluted the small group of intelligent bloggers that seemed so prolific in 2007-2008. Take a look at these stats for Sri Lanka’s internet users taken from here courtesy ITU,
That’s a 400% increase in users over the last 3 years. Nothing to sneeze at. No wonder Kottu has become boring. Its criteria for blogs, that of being ‘about Sri Lanka’, is now too broad to leave out the crap because now there is a humongous amount of Sri Lankan crap out there. So, time for a new order? Maybe Indi should look at restricting Kottu to an initial group of bloggers who will then form a peer network that will control the admission of new blogs. The forum can be openly viewable.
Any blogs with non-original, non-value added content should be kicked out. Its time to redefine what Kottu is about. The old approach will not work because the content out there is now too varied and diverse to plausibly fit into one package without fatally clashing. To avoid this, the type of blogs allowed in should be controlled.
This is something that once used to be the go to point for non official information, the go to point to judge the emerging zeitgeist. But now Kottu is only a go to point by browser window typing accident. Tis a pity. Kottu was once great. It can be great again. Or it can give way to something entirely new.