Weblog tools a crutch?

· Weblog Concepts

Adrian Holovaty says, in a Zlog interview,

I believe in my heart that people should come up with their own publishing methods. Frankly, it’s boring to surf the blogosphere and see so many sites using the same, tired weblogging tools. The same basic templates, the same “post a comment” form, the same URL schemes…. It’s almost as if they’re all small parts of one huge site.

Tom Coates disagrees and defends the one-big-siteness of the blogosphere.
I think I understand Adrian’s point but even when he narrows it I can’t agree:

Of course, I have a deep appreciation for how these tools have enabled hundreds of thousands of non-Web-developers to broadcast their ramblings on the Internet with minimal effort. But I have a much, much deeper appreciation for people who have taken the time to write a system for themselves. And as far as I’m concerned, people who do Web development for a living yet don’t use a custom-built weblogging system shouldn’t be trusted.

I believe in my heart that people should come up with their own transportation methods. Frankly, it’s boring to drive around the Bay Area and see so many vehicles using the same, tired internal combustion engines. The same basic shape, the same “steering wheel” form, the same turn signals…. It’s almost as if they’re all small parts of one huge transportation system.
Of course, I have a deep appreciation for how these cars have enabled hundreds of thousands of non-engineers to travel with minimal effort. But I have a much, much deeper appreciation for people who have taken the time to build their own vehicles. And as far as I’m concerned, people who work on an assembly line in detroit yet don’t drive a custom-built automobile shouldn’t be trusted.