Today while looking through Dtoid today I noticed Jim’s feature titled “Are games bloggers less trustworthy than 'real' journalists?” and this got me thinking. While I was trying to type a comment for about ten minutes to articulate a response to a question I have, I noticed that I couldn’t in a comment because it is more of a question to the readers than to the writer. So here is my question, why are sites like Kotaku and Dtoid still considered blogs?
If you look at both sites, and sites of similar nature, you notice it is very different than a wordpress or tumblr blog because those sites don’t have staff of editors or features writers. There are about 40,000 registered Dtoiders not mentioning people who just read the site and does a blog by Bob and his friends have that same amount of users, probably not. Dtoid does use a blogging system for posting stories but I see that now more of a style choice than just any normal blog.
A site like Dtoid basically does the same thing as a site like Gamespot but on a smaller scale. The one problem though that I am facing though is what do we call sites like Dtoid because this site does coverage same as “real” journalist sites do but is independent. So is there a middle ground everyone can agree upon or am I being an idiot and no one cares as long as it is good?