Keep Your Blog
A recent Wired Article, entitled “Kill Your Blog” (titled differently online – not sure why Wired does this, btw) written by Paul Boutin, discusses why blogging is “so 2004”.
I very much disagree and have posted my response on Wired. Here is basically what I wrote (minus a few typos):
With all due respect, I think you miss the point of blogging.
The goal of most bloggers does not involve “being famous”. A goal like that (just the same as having such a goal as a performer) is desperate, narcissistic (even for bloggers), unlikely and somewhat counterproductive. (Someone wishing to have their own voice and goal for a blog will find themselves changing things to accommodate what his audience wants or avoid any natural changes or developments which might lose him readers.)
For most, blogging is a way of communicating beyond just their immediate social circle. For individuals, it allows them to share feelings, thoughts and experiences. For businesses, it enables them to retain communication with their clients, demonstrate their expertise and present the business more personally to prospective clients. I use my business blog as a repository for research I am doing for my business (social media) and my personal blog for humorous observations I have. The former keeps me organized and allows my readers to learn about the topic and my opinions and the later saves my friends from being annoyed by my repeated retelling of my funny anecdotes.
(Re: “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.”)
To say that Twitter is a replacement for blogging makes me wonder how much time you spend on Twitter. While I am not “following” Scoble on Twitter, and so can’t comment on his Twittering practices specifically, often people who tweet very often become more annoying than interesting. (In fact, the recent “Follow Cost” (http://followcost.com/) which lets you know how annoying it will be to follow someone on Twitter, rates the cost in “milliscobles”) . When I see upwards of 40 posts from someone my immediate thought is “Geez, take it to your blog…”
And so, rather than go on I’ll post any further thoughts I have on this topic on… (wait for it), my one of my blogs.Blogged with the Flock Browser