I looked at this extensive list of blogs on my blogroll and felt pretty sad. Most of bloggers I have on the list haven’t published a new post for at least a month, some have gone hiatus for a year, some have turned themselves into foodie bloggers or photobloggers (which means more pictures than words posted), and some of the links don’t even work anymore – they’ve just gone forever.
It makes me miss the time when there was a big, heated debate or arguments about everything like it was the end of the day, when everybody jumped into the discussion, picking up one topic today and another tomorrow, and made friends and trolls in the process. It’s intense, stimulating, intriguing, engaging….
It’s gone. At least it’s gone from my circle. There’s no single topic that can make us bound together and write similar posts, exchange ideas and thoughts, and leave comments on each other’s blog.
Paul Boutin from Wired Magazine wrote about blogging trend last October:
The rapid growth of Facebook and Twitter is the killer of blogging, some accuse. Since social networking is much easier than creating long-form content, why bother blogging? Every blogger I’ve known for years might stop writing in their blogs, but they still pour their heart and soul in twitter. With 140 words limit, it’s easy to publish our thoughts and get replies instantly as well. No wonder we all get lazy.
“Social multimedia sites like YouTube, Flickr, and Facebook,” add Boutin, “have since made publishing pics and video as easy as typing text. Easier, if you consider the time most bloggers spend fretting over their words. Take a clue from Robert Scoble, who made his name as Microsoft’s “technical evangelist” blogger from 2003 to 2006. Today, he focuses on posting videos and Twitter updates. “I keep my blog mostly for long-form writing,” he says. Twitter — which limits each text-only post to 140 characters — is to 2008 what the blogosphere was to 2004. You’ll find Scoble, Calacanis, and most of their buddies from the golden age there. They claim it’s because Twitter operates even faster than the blogosphere. And Twitter posts can be searched instantly, without waiting for Google to index them.”
After 5 years of blogging, I am not ready to give up just yet. I agree with Derek K. Miller, that “while these new platforms all affect blogging, none of them replace it. I’ve certainly noticed that in my own writing online. Short links and comments I might previously have posted on this blog tend to appear in my twitter stream instead (though I’ll occasionally collect some of the better ones here for posterity). I interact with a lot of people on Facebook, where we might previously have commented on one another’s blogs or emailed each other. Yet neither of those have stopped me from writing here almost every day. Often things I find out on Twitter and Facebook are what inspire a new blog entry, in fact.”
And Grant Griffiths seems to think the same. He argues that blogging is not dead, and in fact, it should be the center of any good social media [and overall marketing plan for any small business].
What all of this doesn’t mean is that blogging is dead. Yes, social media can cause the conversation to go to different places. It doesn’t mean the conversation is going to start on twitter, Facebook or Linkedin. Yes, “social media” may extend the convesation and lengthen the lifespan of a story. However, the story has to start somewhere and they are not going to always start on social media. They are going to start on a blog. You simply can not expect twitter for example, to give you the space you need for the long conversations you need to build the trust with your audience a blog affords you.
What do you think?