Sigh, I had one quote taken out of context and now even Shel Israel is having to clarify what I said.
What I meant was that my friends who blog who are NOT A listers are seeing their traffic go down — even Maryam has noticed this. I theorized that was due to social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Jaiku, and Pownce’s rise. Most of the non-A-list bloggers have been showing up on those places in droves. After all, if you are only writing a blog to tell your family what your new kid is doing then something like Facebook is a lot better for that.
But, I didn’t mean this to be a comment on A list bloggers at all. Most of the A listers are seeing their traffic go up. Myself included. Why? Because search engines are getting more traffic and because people are still looking for communities and people who give out interesting information and also because the mainstream press continues writing about the A list. For instance, if I want to know about what’s happening in video, I need to go to Om Malik’s site. I haven’t found anyone who covers the video space as well. I’m sure he’s showing up in tons of searches, too.
Something is happening over on Twitter/Jaiku/Pownce, though. That’s where the action is. Does it take away from blogging? No because IT IS blogging. Albeit 140 characters at a time.