Is Blogging Dead? | Knowledge Management

Last I checked, blogging is alive and well. But in this month’s Wired Magazine, Paul Boutin advises you to Kill Your Blog. Boutin says blogging is no longer worth the time. The glory days are over. You’d be better off using Twitter, Facebook, or Flickr. He says that even well-known bloggers are calling it quits because, essentially, blogging–as a medium–has sold out. “Professional” bloggers have cornered the market on blog search engine rankings and the little blogger has been left out in the cold. The other factors killing blogs are brevity and speed. Twitter gives you just that. And I must agree (about the speed and brevity). I have little tolerance for long blog posts [I’ll keep this short] unless they are very compelling. However, for some topics, you need more than 140 characters. I don’t think blogging is dead yet, but I’m a blogger. For the sake of brevity, I’ll leave it at that and just ask you what you think, with this poll:

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  • October 23, 2008 at 9:22 am
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    I agree about the professional bloggers cornering the market, however, I find there are some pretty good “non-professional” bloggers out there that talk on specific subjects that matter to me. And, I like the fact that they are blogging as a passion, not as a profession.

  • October 23, 2008 at 10:05 am
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    Blogging is just writing. Did people stop keeping diaries because Samuel Pepys came along? Did the New York Times render The Journal News obsolete? We don’t all blog for a mass audience (I think the best bloggers actually blog for themselves).

    When we write, the medium we choose is often selected because it fits the subject matter or the context particularly well. Sometimes I write in a Moleskine. Sometimes I write in Word. Sometimes a blog is best. People can’t comment on my Moleskine, and people outside the firm cannot see my Word document. If I am lucky they may have something interesting to say about the blog, or it may spur them to write something of their own elsewhere. Either of those reactions is fine by me — they spread knowledge.

  • October 23, 2008 at 11:28 am
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    Good point. I hardly ever read a whole blog post, and find it hard to find time to read many blogs or update my own. But i’m often logged into Twitter and tend to click on specific blog posts that look interesting from there (like this one) and occasionally I throw out a question that I get answer to, which is cool.

    But that’s just me. Blogging won’t die – some people will choose not to have one or not to read one. Some people don’t ever read novels, but it doesn’t mean books are dead. Too many people want to declare things ‘killed off’ when the next thing comes along, but the great thing about the current information age is that we can get information in loads of different ways.

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