Is blogging dead…?

A great post (Robert Scoble would call it a blog post) about whether blogging is dead or not.

Both Facebook and Google+, this year, added the ability to do long-form writing inside a social network. I’d argue that’s causing a new age of blogging: one that is free of commercial concerns. How many of you have clicked on a link to read a news article, or a long opinion piece, and found it hidden behind an ad, or, worse, split up into little pages so you gotta click “next” just to read the next few paragraphs. Both of those behaviors are because the business model for content developers is so dismal that we gotta do very anti-reader things just to make a buck.

I’ve definitely noticed a trend in the past couple of years. It is getting harder and harder to drive traffic to websites.  A tweet a year ago carried much more value than the same tweet does today.

I’m constantly reviewing traffic that I drive to @testingclub.  In the early days LinkedIn was great. Then that faded a bit and along came Twitter.  Now that is fading. Facebook is picking up  a bit in that sense.  Perhaps the next focus should be G+.

I know from a personal level I’m get frustrated at the very ‘temporary’ nature of Twitter.  If you don’t keep up with it you lose out.  Following conversations is a nightmare too. It’s gotten to the stage where I’ve mostly given up trying to keep on top of Twitter.

And then some people say ‘that’s the way Twitter is, you don’t need to consume everything’. And yes *I* know that, but it would still make my life much easier if Twitter was more searchable and conversations easier to keep track of.

And, oh, it really gripes me when people say, ‘oh, you didn’t know? Well, I posted it on Twitter.’ Sigh.

I like the long form of social media that G+ provides. I just need to make a habit of it and make it more part of my day.

Maybe some more of my *friends* will join me 🙂

I’m not giving up my blog btw – as much as a pain it might be, I will need to keep sharing stuff I do and create via my blog and whatever social network  or solution works best at that given moment.


6 comments on “Is blogging dead…?

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    I think that G+ is a good medium – with the focused circles you can delivercontent to relevant people without spamming. The hangouts are good for weekend testing or general discussions about testing.

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    I have noticed more in-depth tech conversations on G+ which is nice to see. I too hope to spend more time on G+ participating in these discussions. I do hope that those who have blogs will keep them because I do not always have time to keep up with conversations on G+ and Twitter and I bookmark blogs that I want to read when I have time. Maybe there is a way to “bookmark” conversations on G+ like on linkedin where you can follow a discussion. I rarely use Linkedin as I prefer Twitter as I can quickly skim through updates.

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    I just haven’t had the bandwidth to do G+ also. Is it searchable? Lack of ability to find things again on Twitter also frustrates me. I know I can “favorite” things but normally I don’t.

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    @lisa yeah, it is searchable, it is Google, after all! 🙂

    @bernice I like the indepth-ness of G+ too and it kind of helps that from the outset it has encouraged us to organise contacts through Circles. This makes it much easier to sort things out mentally for me.

    @steveland hopefully have a hang out in 2012! 🙂

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    Each method/tool we use is first fruitful, but quite quickly it either becomes overloaded (like in Twitter where you need to find the needles within the hay stack), or too common (like Blogs, where you need to follow so many of them to keep up).
    Blogs are also a bit too personal – not very inviting feedback (and some owners even discourage free discussion against their beliefs).
    RSS aggregators are useful for articles and blogs, though some need better filtering,
    But still don’t answer the twitter limitations you have raised above – you want to follow so many interesting people, but than get lost in the vast amount of irrelevant posts, and the unstructured format – if only we had a discussion view…

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