This blog is dead! ORLY?

I see a few people are talking about the death of A-list blogging. Including my blog in that as evidence.

Actually you’ll see me blogging more and social networking less. Why? Cause I’m starting to have longer thoughts again. Might have something to do with not being able to drink Diet Coke anymore due to my kidney disease.

I can’t wait for Dan Lyons to predict the death of Facebook or Twitter because I’m blogging again.

Anyway, I think Twitter is blogging. When I go back and look at my blog back in 2004, for instance, it looks a whole lot like Twitter. Short item with a link. So some of that content behavior has moved elsewhere. Big whoop.

But now that I’ve done 18,000 tweets I find I’m getting bored there and want to play around with longer blog posts again. Mostly because I find I’m having something to say.

Welcome back to the dead. :-)

Comments

  1. Thanks Scott. I actually went back and reviewed some offline “diary” posts that I did back in the day. It reminded me of Twitter. From 1999-2005 I had a Livejournal blog. Those entries were 5 times a day, consisted of a few sentences and looked exactly like my tweets today.

    Interesting how Twitter has become my blog now. I am still blogging but certainly not as often.

  2. Could that David Risley be any sleazier and less credible?

    If his type of “Pro Blogger, Six Figures” nonsense is the type of crap that is dying out in 2009, I welcome it with open arms.

  3. Thanks Scott. I actually went back and reviewed some offline “diary” posts that I did back in the day. It reminded me of Twitter. From 1999-2005 I had a Livejournal blog. Those entries were 5 times a day, consisted of a few sentences and looked exactly like my tweets today.

    Interesting how Twitter has become my blog now. I am still blogging but certainly not as often.

  4. Could that David Risley be any sleazier and less credible?

    If his type of “Pro Blogger, Six Figures” nonsense is the type of crap that is dying out in 2009, I welcome it with open arms.

  5. Hey, isn’t that cute Robert.. look at them trying to make themselves relevant by saying something provocative about those who actually are relevant.

    Blogging is far from dead, I think it’s evolving from separate bloggers, vloggers and podcasters to everyone doing a combination of 2 or more of those things because those with half a brain who are involved in this world are sick of (and are aware how sick the populous is) of failed print media and the lack of anything relevant on television any more.

  6. Hey, isn’t that cute Robert.. look at them trying to make themselves relevant by saying something provocative about those who actually are relevant.

    Blogging is far from dead, I think it’s evolving from separate bloggers, vloggers and podcasters to everyone doing a combination of 2 or more of those things because those with half a brain who are involved in this world are sick of (and are aware how sick the populous is) of failed print media and the lack of anything relevant on television any more.

  7. The rumors of your blogging death have been greatly exaggerated, then. No surprise there.

    I love Twitter, but it’s like there’s a dark byproduct to things like 140 character updates: many people are developing (or admitting to) even shorter attention spans. They want to know what venue is driving *all* content. They want one answer, the flavor of the week, and are frustrated that they have to use all the tools available to them to find interesting stuff. Well, duh.

    Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, whatever…they’re all just *parts* of our online personas, and a decline in the usage of one by an individual or a group doesn’t mean the death of that venue. Shifts happen all the time.

    So, you go back to long-form blogging. Things come full circle. Works for me.

  8. The rumors of your blogging death have been greatly exaggerated, then. No surprise there.

    I love Twitter, but it’s like there’s a dark byproduct to things like 140 character updates: many people are developing (or admitting to) even shorter attention spans. They want to know what venue is driving *all* content. They want one answer, the flavor of the week, and are frustrated that they have to use all the tools available to them to find interesting stuff. Well, duh.

    Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Digg, whatever…they’re all just *parts* of our online personas, and a decline in the usage of one by an individual or a group doesn’t mean the death of that venue. Shifts happen all the time.

    So, you go back to long-form blogging. Things come full circle. Works for me.

  9. Gary: sorry about that. I aggregate my blog to friendfeed, which is an aggregator, Twitter is not. Then it shoves a message over to Twitter saying “something new has published.” Sorry for the extra click.

  10. Gary: sorry about that. I aggregate my blog to friendfeed, which is an aggregator, Twitter is not. Then it shoves a message over to Twitter saying “something new has published.” Sorry for the extra click.

  11. Actually I find finding “Marketing Guru”s amusing in twitter. Maybe that’s the most funny thing about my twitter experience. I’ve realized that ‘being a husband’ makes you ‘more human’ when you are a Marketing Guru :)
    Anyway, back to the subject, I’ve always preferred longer posts than 140 characters, but all these tools are great for different purposes and audience.
    I think neither blogging, nor twitter/facebook will DIE. hehe.

  12. Actually I find finding “Marketing Guru”s amusing in twitter. Maybe that’s the most funny thing about my twitter experience. I’ve realized that ‘being a husband’ makes you ‘more human’ when you are a Marketing Guru :)
    Anyway, back to the subject, I’ve always preferred longer posts than 140 characters, but all these tools are great for different purposes and audience.
    I think neither blogging, nor twitter/facebook will DIE. hehe.

  13. I guess I always thought the popular method was to abandon all hope of having a life outside of social networking and blogging and just do it all, all the time. I feel better believing there there is a balance somewhere between 140 characters and my windy blog.

    Personally, I still shower once in a while, because my every attempt to mainstream P.C. terms like “hygienically challenged” have ben snuffed by my lovely wife. I am not so sure I really have my finger on the pulse, but I enjoy the long-stroke of a blog, and also the relationships of Twitter, Facebook, etcetera. I am OK if I am not in the top 10 most bulletproof people on a Guy Kawasaki list, but I try to do my part to make the Internet better.

    Any which way you go, keep up the good work.

  14. I guess I always thought the popular method was to abandon all hope of having a life outside of social networking and blogging and just do it all, all the time. I feel better believing there there is a balance somewhere between 140 characters and my windy blog.

    Personally, I still shower once in a while, because my every attempt to mainstream P.C. terms like “hygienically challenged” have ben snuffed by my lovely wife. I am not so sure I really have my finger on the pulse, but I enjoy the long-stroke of a blog, and also the relationships of Twitter, Facebook, etcetera. I am OK if I am not in the top 10 most bulletproof people on a Guy Kawasaki list, but I try to do my part to make the Internet better.

    Any which way you go, keep up the good work.

  15. Welcome back Robert, but where you really gone?
    I think blogging, twitter, podcasts and videos can easily co-exist next to each other… well, i guess that’s what you’ve been showing us anyways.

  16. Welcome back Robert, but where you really gone?
    I think blogging, twitter, podcasts and videos can easily co-exist next to each other… well, i guess that’s what you’ve been showing us anyways.

  17. Welcome back! ;) Isn’t Twitter a form of (micro)blogging? Twitter “Evhead” co-founded Blogger. Shouldn’t be a mix of different social media tools?

    I am more of a “pundit” blogger, writing shorter blog posts, but now and then I am writing longer pieces. I am also writing longer posts as a guest blogger.

    As an example of an A-blogger, Glenn Reynolds of InstaPundidt. He is doing TV segments, podcasts, articles, but I don’t think he will stop blogging…

  18. Welcome back! ;) Isn’t Twitter a form of (micro)blogging? Twitter “Evhead” co-founded Blogger. Shouldn’t be a mix of different social media tools?

    I am more of a “pundit” blogger, writing shorter blog posts, but now and then I am writing longer pieces. I am also writing longer posts as a guest blogger.

    As an example of an A-blogger, Glenn Reynolds of InstaPundidt. He is doing TV segments, podcasts, articles, but I don’t think he will stop blogging…

  19. Yay!

    Hi Robert,

    To be honest I’ve been visiting this blog less since you got all-consumed by twittering, and have no intention of getting sucked into twitter, not far from “legacy wittering”.

    I want your long considered thoughts, rather than a continuous stream of words -as stock-market investors know with their data services, you’re either all in or out.
    I know that means losing out on some info, but curious minds otherwise need commitment.

    There literally are only so many hours in a day.

    Things like Friendfeed will obviously make the components invisible and more accessible for non-geeks. History repeats.

    Kind regards,

    Shakir Razak

  20. Yay!

    Hi Robert,

    To be honest I’ve been visiting this blog less since you got all-consumed by twittering, and have no intention of getting sucked into twitter, not far from “legacy wittering”.

    I want your long considered thoughts, rather than a continuous stream of words -as stock-market investors know with their data services, you’re either all in or out.
    I know that means losing out on some info, but curious minds otherwise need commitment.

    There literally are only so many hours in a day.

    Things like Friendfeed will obviously make the components invisible and more accessible for non-geeks. History repeats.

    Kind regards,

    Shakir Razak

  21. This is an interesting comment Robert. I echo your feelings about Twitter, but feel the same way about my blog commenting as well. Sometimes a quick note and link will do, but other times I have a more in-depth opinion that I want to post on my blog. I actually shut down my blog in 2007 due to infrequent posting. But now I find myself missing it with more to say than 140 characters.

  22. This is an interesting comment Robert. I echo your feelings about Twitter, but feel the same way about my blog commenting as well. Sometimes a quick note and link will do, but other times I have a more in-depth opinion that I want to post on my blog. I actually shut down my blog in 2007 due to infrequent posting. But now I find myself missing it with more to say than 140 characters.

  23. Robert: You have kidney disease? How did I miss this in following you over the last year or so? I was diagnosed with kidney disease myself in the last year and will be needing a kidney transplant. Would be interested in hearing how you keep up with things at the pace you do while dealing with the health issues.

  24. Robert: You have kidney disease? How did I miss this in following you over the last year or so? I was diagnosed with kidney disease myself in the last year and will be needing a kidney transplant. Would be interested in hearing how you keep up with things at the pace you do while dealing with the health issues.

  25. Travis: yeah, I just learned this two weeks ago. So far I’m not feeling any effects. They were testing for it because my dad has a degenerative disease and they don’t know what caused his disease. So far my kidneys are operating at about 50%. They’ve made me stop eating anything with phosphorous. So no Diet Coke. No red meat. No milk/dairy. Etc. It actually is making me healthier, I think.

    Anyway, I’m sorry to hear about your condition, I hope it goes well for you.

  26. Travis: yeah, I just learned this two weeks ago. So far I’m not feeling any effects. They were testing for it because my dad has a degenerative disease and they don’t know what caused his disease. So far my kidneys are operating at about 50%. They’ve made me stop eating anything with phosphorous. So no Diet Coke. No red meat. No milk/dairy. Etc. It actually is making me healthier, I think.

    Anyway, I’m sorry to hear about your condition, I hope it goes well for you.

  27. Robert,
    I became a follower during your Microsoft years. Since then you’ve been busy and I think you have tried/seen everything technical… some have worked well and some haven’t.

    I guess for me, you’re like my own personal beta tester (PBT). I have plenty of work to do and just wait a while for you to give the next big thing a kick or two before I try it.

    So, I just have to be patient and let your testing take its course.

    I’m glad to see that blogging hasn’t lost favor with you. I understand time restraints and such so my only suggestion for you is if you don’t have a lot of time, don’t post but once or twice a week.

    Use that Windows Live Writer and save a draft, revise, and publish on a consistent day and time. At least I would have something to look forward to each week. I personally would rather see quality over quantity.

  28. Robert,
    I became a follower during your Microsoft years. Since then you’ve been busy and I think you have tried/seen everything technical… some have worked well and some haven’t.

    I guess for me, you’re like my own personal beta tester (PBT). I have plenty of work to do and just wait a while for you to give the next big thing a kick or two before I try it.

    So, I just have to be patient and let your testing take its course.

    I’m glad to see that blogging hasn’t lost favor with you. I understand time restraints and such so my only suggestion for you is if you don’t have a lot of time, don’t post but once or twice a week.

    Use that Windows Live Writer and save a draft, revise, and publish on a consistent day and time. At least I would have something to look forward to each week. I personally would rather see quality over quantity.

  29. Hi Robert,
    First, keep up your great spirit, as it always exudes from your posts; and it’s big of you to share your condition with us. Makes us feel closer to you.
    I personally never thought we had a “this OR that” situation with Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media/networks. There’s an old French saying “Each thing has its place, and each place has its thing.”
    Ultimately, it’s about the right mix of what to say and where/how to say it. And we’re all learning to adjust these habits towards a balance of personal preferences and media trends. I love FriendFeed for its aggregation brilliance, but Twitter will always have its place for certain things.
    Having said that, I wished there was some kind of Twitter “code” of sorts, where Tweets are pre-labelled in 1 of 3 buckets: 1) Truly original and you won’t find this elsewhere, 2) heads-up on something I read, liked or wrote, 3) I’m promoting something to whoever happens to be listening now. The biggest value is in #1 and to some extent #2 if it gives you a 3-12 hours head-start on something. (I might blog on that thought and expand on it a bit more, but it’s just an idea).

  30. Hi Robert,
    First, keep up your great spirit, as it always exudes from your posts; and it’s big of you to share your condition with us. Makes us feel closer to you.
    I personally never thought we had a “this OR that” situation with Twitter, Facebook, blogs and other social media/networks. There’s an old French saying “Each thing has its place, and each place has its thing.”
    Ultimately, it’s about the right mix of what to say and where/how to say it. And we’re all learning to adjust these habits towards a balance of personal preferences and media trends. I love FriendFeed for its aggregation brilliance, but Twitter will always have its place for certain things.
    Having said that, I wished there was some kind of Twitter “code” of sorts, where Tweets are pre-labelled in 1 of 3 buckets: 1) Truly original and you won’t find this elsewhere, 2) heads-up on something I read, liked or wrote, 3) I’m promoting something to whoever happens to be listening now. The biggest value is in #1 and to some extent #2 if it gives you a 3-12 hours head-start on something. (I might blog on that thought and expand on it a bit more, but it’s just an idea).

  31. Robert, strike the balance. Twitter for stream of consciousness and blogging for elaborating. Twitter for real time, blog to enrich us. twitter is the appetizer and the blog is the main course

  32. Robert, strike the balance. Twitter for stream of consciousness and blogging for elaborating. Twitter for real time, blog to enrich us. twitter is the appetizer and the blog is the main course

  33. You were much more interesting to read when you blogged about stuff that mattered, then you started doing videos and podcasts and you went down the drain.

    Good to know you’re back. Now move your ass and start posting interesting stuff again.

  34. You were much more interesting to read when you blogged about stuff that mattered, then you started doing videos and podcasts and you went down the drain.

    Good to know you’re back. Now move your ass and start posting interesting stuff again.

  35. Hi Robert,

    Great you’re changing your diet! There might be a direct correlation between this change and you having “longer thoughts again”.

    Aspartame, the stuff they put in diet coke to fool your taste buds, is one of Donald Rumsfeld’s contributions to humanity… http://tinyurl.com/a249r
    It supposedly influences the brain…

    I’ve read somewhere that air pilots are advised not to take aspartame as it impairs judgment…

    Take care of your body.

  36. Hi Robert,

    Great you’re changing your diet! There might be a direct correlation between this change and you having “longer thoughts again”.

    Aspartame, the stuff they put in diet coke to fool your taste buds, is one of Donald Rumsfeld’s contributions to humanity… http://tinyurl.com/a249r
    It supposedly influences the brain…

    I’ve read somewhere that air pilots are advised not to take aspartame as it impairs judgment…

    Take care of your body.

  37. Glad to hear you are still blogging. Twitter has enabled me to traverse some of the traditional social paths of getting to know people and identify those who are like-minded and make me laugh. I gave my blog a rest about a year ago. Not because of Twitter, but because of the time involved in the maintenance.

    I think there is a happy medium of the two depending on where you’re at and what’s going on in your life.

    Because of Twitter I know of you. Now I know of your blog. I look forward to reading.

    Glad to hear you’ve given up the Diet Coke. Take care and be well!

    Warm Aloha,

    Kelly

  38. Glad to hear you are still blogging. Twitter has enabled me to traverse some of the traditional social paths of getting to know people and identify those who are like-minded and make me laugh. I gave my blog a rest about a year ago. Not because of Twitter, but because of the time involved in the maintenance.

    I think there is a happy medium of the two depending on where you’re at and what’s going on in your life.

    Because of Twitter I know of you. Now I know of your blog. I look forward to reading.

    Glad to hear you’ve given up the Diet Coke. Take care and be well!

    Warm Aloha,

    Kelly

  39. Hi Robert!

    Sorry to hear about your new kidney condition. My thyroid decided to “quit” last year and once I got on the right meds, I was ok… but it was certainly an ordeal to get my body near *normal* again. Be sure to LISTEN carefully to your body and feed it what it wants; including REST – that is no longer optional!

    I noticed the significant drop in your friendfeed and twitter traffic, so was wondering what was up – yep, Mike’s “intervention” speech kicked in! :) I too significantly dropped my activity level on Friendfeed as I needed to refocus and devote my heart and brain power back into my work.

    Glad to hear you’re going back to long-form blogging again!! I really enjoy your blog and videos. You deliver such insightful posts loaded with fabulous new technologies, new ideas, tools, products / services, startups, and cool people to discover, follow and learn from… highly valuable and truly useful content – thanks!

    Get well soon buddy and blog away!

    @SusanBeebe

  40. Hi Robert!

    Sorry to hear about your new kidney condition. My thyroid decided to “quit” last year and once I got on the right meds, I was ok… but it was certainly an ordeal to get my body near *normal* again. Be sure to LISTEN carefully to your body and feed it what it wants; including REST – that is no longer optional!

    I noticed the significant drop in your friendfeed and twitter traffic, so was wondering what was up – yep, Mike’s “intervention” speech kicked in! :) I too significantly dropped my activity level on Friendfeed as I needed to refocus and devote my heart and brain power back into my work.

    Glad to hear you’re going back to long-form blogging again!! I really enjoy your blog and videos. You deliver such insightful posts loaded with fabulous new technologies, new ideas, tools, products / services, startups, and cool people to discover, follow and learn from… highly valuable and truly useful content – thanks!

    Get well soon buddy and blog away!

    @SusanBeebe

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