Blog Evolution

((This is in response to this post, which made me think about the relevance of blogs.))

while i agree that personal blogs* are definitely losing popularity, i don’t believe that blogs are dying. i think we all are certainly more discerning as to which blogs we care to give our precious time, but we’re not giving up on them altogether.

while tweets** can be rather insightful at times, they will never be able to truly replace the blog, because a tweet will never require the same time and careful thought.

a blog post is like a conversation. you raise a topic that you have thought carefully about, and you share your conclusions. then people who find you engaging read and respond. thoughtful, well written blogs tend to encourage thoughtful and well written responses. they are conversations that become much deeper and more important than any tweet could. sometimes deeper and more important than any verbal conversation could. because we can format and edit a blog until every word is precisely what we mean in the exact manner we which to convey it. we don’t get to edit our verbal communications. the whole point of a conversation can get lost in the clarification of poorly chosen words.

but a blog doesn’t have this problem. misunderstandings and miscommunications are rare. and because the main focus of the conversation is clearly visible (or you can just scroll back to it in reference), it rarely gets diluted and buried in digression. in many ways, blogs can be a superior form of communication.

and sometimes twitter’s 140 are empty without the hows and whys that can be answered in a full blog post. as long as tweets need elaboration, there will be the blog with which to do it.

so i don’t think that blogs are dying, i just think we’ve evolved in how we use them.

* i make the distinction here between personal and news blogs because news blogs are written and consumed in the same manner they always were. they have not changed their format, nor have we changed the way we use them.

** i use twitter as it easily demonstrates my point, but this can be replaced with any of the myriad short form media we use.

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  1. I really only use Twitter for sharing links these days.  I’ve found that even when I have tweetable moment, I want to go home and spin the story into a full length blog.  I know that most folks won’t read that blog, because we hate long-form, but I love my little blog.  Oddly, I’m better at responding/interacting on Twitter… as evidenced by my three month delay in commenting on your blog.  CURIOUSER AND CURIOUSER.

    • new media is such a quirky format. 😛
      btw, how long are we gonna call it new media. i mean, twitter is still KINDA new, but there are things that are newer. and blogs have been around about as long as there’s been an internet, so… it’s really old media now, if you think about it. /ramble

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