I just fired up Techmeme.com a few moments ago while waiting on a conference call to call me back. I blinked twice at the headlines of “Blogging Wanes as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter”. I nearly did a double take.
I pour a lot of my time and energy into my Podcast and creating a (hopefully) quality and fun product you can either gain some knowledge from or just laugh at and get some enjoyment out of a middle age guy trying to be nerdy and hip at the same time. Part of the show is not just the links to the mp3 and now videos. This URL at GeekTechLive.com I want to be your one stop shop for finding out whats rolling around in that vast ( because of the air) noggin of mine. It was because of this that my heart nearly sunk all the way to my feet as I read that Blogs are dead…. Oh well Pack er in boys! Looks like I’m done.
Or am I?
On further study of the article I noticed a few points that should come to mind even if you don’t have a copy of “how to lie with statistics” lying around for reference material. Most of the article is focusing on the youth of the world not blogging much anymore and doing more BookFacing and Tweetering and playing loud music and doing donuts on lawns, whatever that is. When I was in there “target crowd” of 12-17 (here is where I date myself) I had more important things to do than Blog or game or chat up people I don’t know on Twittering BookFace. In fact there was no Internet and I usually was outside “doing” something. Along comes solid state though and we all move indoors where its safe.
The thing is that if you read this article and assume that the Headline is inflammatory and meant to grab you you are right. The Times is right that the 12-17 crowd is more digitally social now and less blogified. But like I said, I was that age once and I was lazy at that age and If I had the choice of writing what I am writing now or summing it down to 140 characters I would be tweeting something like “Bl0ggin is Ded LOLz, chk out Times Article! LOLZ”. so there. I get it , but don’t go and over simplify the picture. As it turns out the full study done on blogging ends up showing that overall young adults are doing less but people in the 30+ category (i.e. me) are actually doing more.
So Blogging is not Dead… its just a flesh wound.
Based in part on my reading of the Tech Meme Article on “Blogs wane and the young drift to sites like Twitter” here http://techme.me/BC0F