TechMeme list heralds death of blogging?

I was just looking at the TechMeme Top 100 List and noticed that it has very few bloggers on it — I can only see about 12 real blogs on that list. Blogging being defined as “single voice of a person.” Most of the things on the list are now done by teams of journalists — that isn’t blogging anymore in my book. TechCrunch just hired a professional journalist which is sort of funny cause when I started blogging I never expected blogging to become a business, just a way to share what was going on in my life.

But there’s a bigger trend I’m seeing: people who used to enjoy blogging their lives are now moving to Twitter. Andrew Parker punctuates that trend with a post “Twitter is ruining my blogging.” I find that to be the case too and when I talked about this on Twitter a raft of people chimed in and agreed that they are blogging a lot less now that Twitter is here.

Personally the list business is just lame anyway. When I consult with companies I tell them to forget about the “A list” and go for people who are passionate about their products. Word gets around when you’re talking with your customers in a new way anyway. It’s one reason why I am watching 5,900 Twitterers. That’s MY “A list.” Why don’t you join? I automatically follow anyone following me now.

UPDATED: Gabe Rivera just released the TechMeme Top 100 list and explains it.

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  3. Forgive this late reply (I’m catching up on some of my feeds.), but Jeremy Wright just Twittered, “I’m now following more twitterers than I’m reading blog feeds… And twittering more than blogging… Not sure what to make of it!”

    If Jeremy is blogging less, then I think that must mean the sky is falling so far blogging is concerned.

    There are just more options now and everything is finding its place in the conversational media spectrum.

  4. Forgive this late reply (I’m catching up on some of my feeds.), but Jeremy Wright just Twittered, “I’m now following more twitterers than I’m reading blog feeds… And twittering more than blogging… Not sure what to make of it!”

    If Jeremy is blogging less, then I think that must mean the sky is falling so far blogging is concerned.

    There are just more options now and everything is finding its place in the conversational media spectrum.

  5. I’m going to go out on a limb here, Robert, and say that most people who’ve switched over to Twitter have run out of things to say or are tired of the drain that “professional” blogging can bring on. Alternatively, maybe their “blogging as therapy” has worked and they’re much healthier individuals as a result of it. ;)

    Those of us blogging around passion points have plenty to write about.

  6. I’m going to go out on a limb here, Robert, and say that most people who’ve switched over to Twitter have run out of things to say or are tired of the drain that “professional” blogging can bring on. Alternatively, maybe their “blogging as therapy” has worked and they’re much healthier individuals as a result of it. ;)

    Those of us blogging around passion points have plenty to write about.

  7. @46 – My blogging has fallen off as of late. That’s why I wrote the post. Prior to the post, I blogged about 1-2 times a day. Now it’s more like 2-3 times a week. But, sometimes I binge and post like 4 or 5 times in a single day. While working I Twitter about 4 times a day, but on the weekend its much less. And, I see the trend skewing even further towards Twitter. Thanks for taking a look at my stats though.

  8. @46 – My blogging has fallen off as of late. That’s why I wrote the post. Prior to the post, I blogged about 1-2 times a day. Now it’s more like 2-3 times a week. But, sometimes I binge and post like 4 or 5 times in a single day. While working I Twitter about 4 times a day, but on the weekend its much less. And, I see the trend skewing even further towards Twitter. Thanks for taking a look at my stats though.

  9. As I told your panel at the May Cybersalon with Andrew Keen, “I don’t know what Internet YOU GUYS are looking at.”

    (http://www.wordyard.com/2007/05/20/amateur-hour/)

    The blogospheres (the spheres within the sphere, as Tish wisely observed) are alive and well and carries on without these sort of doomsday predictions from myopic A-list tech bloggers. I mean that in the nicest possible way, Robert.

    Anyway, Twitter is “lite” beer. A good blog piece is a pint of stout. There will always be a need for both brews. It’s a well stocked tavern, this World Wide Web of ours.

    /cheesy pub analogy

  10. As I told your panel at the May Cybersalon with Andrew Keen, “I don’t know what Internet YOU GUYS are looking at.”

    (http://www.wordyard.com/2007/05/20/amateur-hour/)

    The blogospheres (the spheres within the sphere, as Tish wisely observed) are alive and well and carries on without these sort of doomsday predictions from myopic A-list tech bloggers. I mean that in the nicest possible way, Robert.

    Anyway, Twitter is “lite” beer. A good blog piece is a pint of stout. There will always be a need for both brews. It’s a well stocked tavern, this World Wide Web of ours.

    /cheesy pub analogy

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