Facebook killed the blogosphere?

I don’t blog here as much as I used to. Part of it is just life and work taking up a lot of my time, and part of it is the energy that goes to the other blogs I contribute to.

Another part of it, though, is the other outlets I now have access to.

A post by Aaron Stanton about using Facebook as a personal blog got me thinking about this. If I just want to share a link without lengthy commentary, I can post it on Twitter or Facebook. (A good portion of my Facebook posts are public, so feel free to subscribe – or friend me if you know me.) If I want to start a discussion, I increasingly find LinkedIn groups or Facebook better places to do it than this blog. I use these outlets to share things I think are interesting, or to refine my thoughts on a topic.

I also don’t read blogs as much as I used to. I find links on Twitter and Facebook, and I follow discussions on LinkedIn. When I do read blogs, I’m more likely to follow a link to a post from Twitter or Facebook than from my feed reader.

That said, and despite the title of this post, I don’t think blogging is dead. It has changed significantly, though. Back when I started blogging (in 2003), if you wanted to publish something online, blogging was the way to go. My blog was primarily professional, but a lot of personal and silly things got posted there as well, because there was nowhere else to post them. Now there’s no reason to write a whole blog post just to share a photo of my dog. Overall, I think my blogging has improved. It’s more focused and thoughtful.

3 thoughts on “Facebook killed the blogosphere?

  1. I keep meaning to get back to my own blog, but I haven’t succeeded yet. In my case, the problem seems to be lack of focus. I’m really tired of political commentary, which is what most of my blogging amounted to when I was still teaching. I’m not sure where I want to go now.

    I agree that blogging tends to be more focused and thoughtful. Facebook encourages instant reactions and sloppy writing. A blog entry is more a miniature essay (sometimes a full essay) and entails development and revision.

    BTW, McAfee antivirus considers your blog unsafe for some reason.

  2. Many of my Facebook posts are the beginnings of blog posts. It’s helpful to get some reaction and discussion from a relatively closed group of acquaintances before I write a blog post.

    I’d love to see you take up your blog again. I do find focus helpful – in my case, it’s professional, although I’ve also started a more personal blog.

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