Instablogs finally launched only a few hours after they were supposed to. I distinctly remember talking to Paul a full 24 hours after they were supposed to launch (east coast) but maybe I was hallucinating.
As a designer and reader, I’m a bit disappointed to see that every single one of their weblogs suffers from the chronic DLWD, or Default Looking Weblog Disease, which happens to befall so many other weblogs out there. C’mon guys, if you weren’t going to actually design your blogs, at least use one of the really cool WordPress templates and adapt it to fit your own system.
I’m also equally disappointed to see that the vast majority of weblog posts from their authors are nothing more than a paragraph or two and then a link-out. I’ve only looked at about 10 of their weblogs so far, but I really haven’t seen any deep thought or great commentary. One of the things we look for when recruiting 9rules members is their ability to take multiple sources of information and then come up with their own take on a certain situation or technology. But, to their credit, Instablogs is still in their infancy and I’m sure their fleet of full-time writers will start generating original content soon enough.
Congratulations to our friends over at Instablogs: they launched a ton of weblogs and still rock cool cartoons. Great job guys!