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© May 2019 Anthony Lawrence

Huh? What the heck is the point of Google Blog Search?

The first question I had was "Is anybody going to use this?". I think the answer is a pretty definite "No", although there may be rare occasions when you'd want to. But that brings us to the next question: wouldn't this be just as well served by adding "Sort by date, most recent first" and "Only show rss enabled sites" (which could be bundled into a -blog flag if you like) to ordinary Google?

What the heck is a blog anyway? Is it still a blog if you haven't updated it in months? Apparently Google sometimes thinks so, but I sure don't. Does a blog HAVE to have rss? I'd say no - it's better for everyone if you do, but I don't see that as part of the definition.

In reality, blogs are whatever people think they are. I had someone insist the none of my sites are actually blogs because they are all "techy". So, in that person's mind, I have to talk about my personal life to qualify as a blog. Fine, but of my six sites, I consider four to be blogs because they are focused on specific subjects and I write original content for them daily. If I were only providing links at a site, I wouldn't consider that a blog no matter how often it is updated, but other folks have different feelings about that, too.

In short, I thing the whole "blog" thing is too ill-defined to bother with a "blog" specific search engine. I predict it will be a seldom used feature that eventually disappears.

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