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.