If it wasn't for James Fee and his excellent work on Planet GS many GIS blogs would be read by the blog author and his or her close and loyal friends and family. Planet GS has allowed me to share my island projects with thousands of people throughout the world. I owe much of my blog's success to Planet GS.
My work is well received, being viewed by 50 to 100 visitors daily. My posts of island projects are typically found in the top five site references for a Google search. My point is - I am what I am (blog-wise) due to the quality of my work, the breath of my posts and the exposure offered by Planet GS.
So, it was with a great deal of displeasure I read the "Blogger Bashing" thread on James Fee's website dated November 02. To a person, everyone had fun bashing Blogger and the spamming-like problems that it supposedly creates in Planet GS.
As a Blogger blogger, I don't think the problem is with Blogger. The problem is with the blogger (little "b"). That is the individual blogging. Not all of us are HTML-pros. Not everyone works on the coding side of GIS. Some of us just have GIS-related ideas to share and Blogger is a great vehicle to carry our ideas forth. We sometimes screw up and post when we shouldn't post or post silly content. That is a problem of the blogger, not Blogger.
What am I trying to say? I resent that my site, EVS Islands, shows up on a list of Blogger derived sites (see the above link) as if it isn't worthy to be listed alongside non-Blogger sites. That is a bunch of elitist crap! I work long hours to ensure the quality of my posts meet my high exacting standards. I labor long and hard to maintain a consistently high standard of content. I never, knowingly, produce trite commentary, but strive to share topics relevant to my special interest, Enhanced Vector Shorelines of islands.
My product, high quality island maps, is for everyone, not merely the GIS expert. I am sure my readers include bored office workers, students and elderly dreamers. Great! And Blogger is how I am able to share my work.
James Fee - your work with Planet GS has allowed my product and that of others to be widely viewed throughout the world. If someone is messing up, determine the problem and let them know with a personal email. If they ignore your fair warning, since Planet GS is your site, delete their feed.
All of us in the GIS community truely appreciate Planet GS and all that you do.
Most especially this GIS Blogger blogger.
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