Microblogging was supposed to enhance the conversation we started on our blogs, but somewhere along the way it became the conversation we were having instead of writing on our blogs. 140 characters at a time, we stopped unpacking ideas on our blogs and instead took those words to Twitter and Facebook. For some, microblogging was the perfect solution for a fully-packed life; it allowed us to participate socially online in short bursts of time. But for others, that pressure to be everywhere on the Web created a problem of being everywhere except where you originally wanted to be.
Blogging takes time.
Tanya Dennis feels the same way about microblogging. She started using Twitter and Facebook to complement blogging. But along the way, it became the time suck that replaced blogging.
Since the explosion of blogs — Is there anyone who DOESN’T have one these days? – the purposes seem to have changed. Blogs were once casual front porches where people could meet and visit and share pieces of their lives. They’re now formal stages with lights, sound systems and intricate algorhythms for marketing and sales. Simple anecdotes used to make perfect blog posts. No more. Now blog posts need to be polished articles with calls to action, numbered lists and at least three SEO-optimized headings. Oh, and don’t forget the perfectly edited, texted, tagged and themed images to accompany each post. Having an old-fashioned “blog” is no longer enough. Writers now need full-blown, self-published online magazines. Updated at least thrice weekly, please.
I miss the way blogs used to be.
As she points out in her post, the reality is that so many of these tiny ideas we're throwing up on Twitter or Facebook could become brief posts on our blogs. Not every blog post needs to run on for dozens of paragraphs and be fussed over for hours. We could return to having our blogs be places where we hang out and talk about what matters to us.
Has Twitter and Facebook cut into your blogging time? Or stopped you from writing blog posts altogether?
Because I second Tanya Dennis's idea of treating the blog like the front porch.
Image: Sanddyss via Flickr
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