The growing shift from blogs to Facebook

This article in the New York Times about more people shifting away from ‘long form’ blogs to sites like Facebook and Twitter details pretty well why I’ve been doing less and less stuff on this blog, and more stuff just on Facebook or Twitter.

I remember when I first started this blog (now waaaay too long ago to think too much about) I was determined to just try it for it’s own sake, and not let myself end up trying to use it as a place for ‘insider’ gossip or express exaggerated opinions just so it would draw more traffic.

If it didn’t feel useful, or I just didn’t feel like doing it, then I wouldn’t – otherwise it would just be the sort of inauthentic communication or gimmickry that I was specifically trying to avoid. I think I’ve basically managed to avoid being inauthentic, even though it has meant much lower traffic than I’d otherwise have got. Which isn’t to say that it hasn’t caused me some grief from time to time – but that will always happen now and then if you’re prepared to publicly say what you think.

I’ll still keep using from time to time – partly as a way to catalogue various things, and partly for the same sorts of reasons as I always have –  but Facebook and Twitter are far better for the dynamism and the quicker, easier interchange of views that suits me, at least at this point in time.  Blogs still have their place (which includes being linked to on Facebook and Twitter), but the public feedback and interchange that most appealed to me with blogs often now works better elsewhere.

(and for anyone who wants to know, this link is to my Facebook site, and this link is to my Twitter feed).

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  1. Perhaps blogging has become a bit tired. A decade ago, it represented an opportunity to create your own newspaper, with all the blank spots filled in, given that the commercial press and media had been so “controlly” of news. But after a decade how many more thread starters can a blogster put up examining the same issues examined in detail over that decade?
    Nothing changes and often seems to get worse. For example, a friend of mine running a blog suggested I write some thing on media for a thread starter, after I discussed this week’s Media Watch with him. But how many times can you write about the cash for comments shock jock stations and their antics?
    So, giving up on the hope of substantative change, people retreat behind the wagons of Facebook, chattering or engaging in more more substantial issues in defacto blog situations that evolve there. A quick comment and one moves on, free of more protracted stoushes with people who don’t like you, who you don’t like.
    Egypt might indicate that there is hope for change in the age of elecronic media, but for many the time has come too late; the politicians and big business have proved obdurate in responding to dozens of issues and much of the public has given up in despair.

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