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Sunday, May 08, 2011

Is blogging going out of fashion?

Having noticed in my feed reader a post from a blogger who'd not posted for a while I took a look at my list of blogs and was amazed at the number of bloggers that haven't updated their blog recently. These bloggers are still virtually active but have moved to Facebook or Twitter. It has to be said that their posts have, mainly, become advertorials for workshops or Etsy which wouldn't interest me but I'm wondering whether they feel that writing/reading a paragraph or two is too arduous, compared with a quick 140 characters.

I'm no wordsmith and too many words can make me re-coil, but I wouldn't have thought that the average blog post constituted "too many words". Reading other peoples blogs makes me think, makes me learn and makes me smile - what more could I want?

7 comments:

Vicki W said...

I find blogging the perfect vehicle for me. I tried Twitter but I can't be bothered to talk about what I do several times a day. FB is OK but you can't really get in depth on a topic there. I think blogs are invaluable.

magsramsay said...

Then I'm out-dated ( but then that's nothing new). I hardly use my phone, can't text, never used twitter , use facebook occasionally for the equaivalent of sending an email round. Blogging is reflective as well as acting as a diary and I love the interaction.
Their loss.

Helen Suzanne said...

I was wondering the same thing Linda. I've come back to blogging after a long break and in that time I did look at facebook but to be honest I found it lacking in depth. I find reading blogs so much more inspirational and interactive, where effort to communicate is not only richly rewarded but also a fertile place for ideas and interests to flourish. The facebook experience left me feeling like an evesdropper and it was a poor substitute for meaningful interaction. Goodness knows twitter is even worse and to be avoided at all costs!
Keep going with the blogging please. You enrich life with it :)

Catskill Quilter said...

Interesting points...I sure hope that blogs continue, and we have the opportunity to interact and share ideas, encourage each other and close the miles! I do not have a blog - yet! - but I read them with enthusiasm and consider them a gift from the writer to me! I truly feel lucky that these quilt blogs exist!

imquilternity said...

I love blogs and almost view them the same as having a good magazine to cuddle up with. I haven't tried Twitter and probably never will, and although I'm on Facebook, it's mainly just for connecting with family and friends. I hope that blogs will continue to be a rich source of inspiration for us all. With that said, I must admit to posting less frequently myself since the beginning of the year. My life is just a bit more hectic this year.

sandra wyman said...

OK I'm a bad blogger but I haven't moved to Facebook (I rarely post there either) and don't go near Twitter. Like mags Ramsay I'm a bit of a dinosaur (have to relearn how to use my mobile every tiem I use it, hopeless at texting - takes about an hour to send a simple message). When I blog I like being able to think about what I write - and usually try to include a picture or two to break up the text. And yes I have gained so much from the interaction with other bloggers

Susan Briscoe said...

I prefer blogging to facebook and hardly use the twitter account I set up. It's good not to be so restricted in terms of either text length or photo quality - can't see much point in posting very low res pics and also in formats only accessible to 'friends'. Keep blogging!