Sunday, December 20, 2009

Twitter Ate My Blog

I haven't been blogging much lately: the 'paid-for stuff' inevitably gets priority over the 'fun stuff'. But it seems I'm not alone. John Burns frets in today's Sunday Times that the number of Irish blogs has peaked and may be heading into decline.

Perhaps it's an economy thing: as the economy worsens more people like to sound off about it online in blogs etc. And when the economic situation starts improving then they're too busy making hay to be indulging in rants, no matter how therapeutic. Hmmm, blogs as a leading economic indicator - I had never thought of that before.

But Burns makes another point: more people are using Twitter and Facebook to get their messages across - and it's a lot less work than blogging. I don't use either (though I tried Twitter for a few months). From ePioneer to eLuddite in 27 months - I just can't keep up!

6 comments:

  1. Mr Burns needn't worry: maybe people just realized that there are, wait for it, better things to do.

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  2. I hate facebook, and quite like twitter. I use my blog as a sort of dump, where everything I write, from lecture notes, papers, bits of books, stupid rants, op-eds, and anything else, gets shoved. So I'll keep blogging, regardless of who's reading or not :)

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  3. I hate facebook, and quite like twitter. I use my blog as a sort of dump, where everything I write, from lecture notes, papers, bits of books, stupid rants, op-eds, and anything else, gets shoved. So I'll keep blogging, regardless of who's reading or not :)

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  4. I think the fact is that having a proper blog is actually quite difficult, so it's no surprise that so many are a waste of space.

    Because its typically a solo effort the blogger needs to have a job/lifestyle that enables or even supports this 'hobby'. As you do Gerard.

    Interestingly another blogger I read alot, F1 Fanatic, has just announced that he is giving up is day job to work on the blog full time. - Blogs are not dead, just evolving http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2009/12/21/the-future-of-f1-fanatic/

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  5. My fluency in Russian is not widely known. The above reads "Games for touch phones, themes for phones with touch screens on the site touchtema.ru all for touch phones and tachfonov. Games and applications, topics and news, forum. theme for touch phones, pictures for iPhone, Games for iPhone"

    Thank you Google.

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  6. my God, i thought you were going to chip in with some decisive insght at the end there, not leave it with ‘we leave it to you to decide’.

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