The trend in blogging has really changed in the past few years. With Twitter’s 140 character limit and Facebooks hearts and games to spread the love seems many have stopped blogging on a regular basis. Instant gratification comes with the real-time services.
I find my news reader list full of feeds with no updates. I miss reading everyone’s posts. Typing a thought into a twitter window really does not take much forethought for me I can just type some little and sometimes dumb one liner and it is a done deal. While it has it’s place and I realize some use it quite effectively to discuss anything from natural disasters to politics in real time – it does nothing for me in trying to connect with for lack of better terminology – a support system.
I have never been able to find where everyone is sharing on Facebook this one is all me but I have hit a wall with it (pun intended). By the time I clear all the requests for games, join this or that cause – I am worn out. I may be wrong here but I suspect that most of the empty updates in my news reader authors are hanging out and doing their thing somewhere on Facebook.
The origins of blogging are in the weblog. Where websites had a webpage where you shared your thoughts about the web pages you came across, liked, and shared. Then with new software and services the transition to the blog – I guess more of a personal journal that morphed into what we have now. Not really into the technical history just what I remember.
For years I have maintained a site at this .com addy. It started out with a cheesy home page and sub-pages on bicycles, hiking, dogs, and vacations. Then as modems improved the addition of photos to go along with the content.
Then I jumped on the blog band wagon. WordPress turned out to be a super neat way to open up communication with folks. One of my first blog commenter’s (Karoli) still remains a friend. Gosh she has taken her blogging and social media interaction and participation to awesome levels! I get to say I know someone who was on CNN! due to her health care activism. Blogging and social media usage done well IMHO.
So I find myself wondering why maintain a blogroll, contact info, links to social sites that I can not figure out anyway, and type when my fingers take forever to do what they used to do in minutes? It is actually kind of a pain in the arse. The webcam video thing is much easier to pull off then typing these days. I started blogging again with a different goal – to connect with folks going through the same daily crap I am.
What say you? Text, video? Blogging V Facebook?
Meanwhile I just keep sharing my dribble . …