[Warning - this is a highly opinionated piece!]
What you are reading right now is a blog. You may not know that and in all honesty, it doesn't matter. You used a search engine such as Google and based on the words you entered you may end up here. As far as you are concerned it could be a website or just that place on the internet where you found the information you needed. For most people, little thought is given beyond that.
Lately, there has been talk around the blogging community about the quality of blogs and whether genealogical bloggers should work harder to produce good quality content. The conversation, in my opinion, didn't do all that much except frighten a number of up and coming genealogists and family historians from blogging.
But I digress.
The real point, as far as I'm concerned, is that the discussion about blogging and the quality of blogs doesn't matter. It's irrelevant.
The real point is that quality blogging, quality writing and quality published genealogy (yes, even online) will shine.
Case in point. The brand new blog called The Legal Genealogist by Judy G. Russell. This blog shines. Judy has only written a few posts so far yet each post is brilliant. They are interesting, well-written, well-cited, act as a great role model for up and coming genealogists and (in my opinion) further the profession of genealogy.
What will put an end to bad content? Good content!
This is what I have been talking about in my previous posts about a mature blogging community.
Let's spend our time focused on developing good content and supporting those who create it and not on knocking down, policing or fussing about what everyone else is writing. Readers will naturally flock toward good content anyway.
And let's leave room at the table for everyone. Someone who is a newer genealogist might not write such polished blog posts. But let's encourage them anyway. And let's share with them the work of quality genealogists who are willing to take the time (unpaid like the rest of us!) to write a blog.
Here I go dreaming, but I can even see a mentoring system develop in the future where more experienced bloggers pair up and help along less experienced bloggers.
Anyway, that's my two cents for what it's worth.