Yesterday the New York Times posted a story, or maybe I should call it a tale, of two young people who quit blogging. Nobody was visiting their Web sites so they fled on over to Twitter or Facebook where the world recognized their talents. The youths were then able to reach their target audience, which in the article was vaguely described.
Citing facts from PEW, in its ‘The Internet and American Life Project,’ blogging in the 12 to 17-year-old group fell 50%. We are than presented with other facts that claim that older folks seem to read blogs and their numbers have increased by 4%. But it was this one statement that best describes what is really going on:
“If you’re looking for substantive conversation, you turn to blogs,” Ms. Camahort Page said. “You aren’t going to find it on Facebook, and you aren’t going to find it in 140 characters on Twitter.”
Writing this article I already exceeded the 140 letter limit and I am not finished with what I have to say. In the original PEW report cited in the article, it also went on to state that some 14% of all online users blog, up from 11% from 2008. This fact alone is fairly amazing. That means that at least 1 in 10 people are writing something online, in addition to what they post on Twitter or Facebook.
So the title of the New York Times article, ‘Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites like Twitter,’ is slightly misleading. If the numbers show that blogging has actually increased overall, maybe the title should have been ‘Young Tweet More Than They Blog.’ Blogging isn’t dead and I am extremely glad it hasn’t died. I enjoy writing here at Lockergnome and I am looking forward to doing so for many years to come.
I believe many of us who blog also post on Twitter and are members of Facebook. I know I belong to both and enjoy social networking. I believe that blogs and social networking sites work very well together.
I am sure that everyone here at Lockergnome appreciates you, the loyal readers, for stopping by and reading our blogs.
What do you think?