Blogging Died Yesterday And No One Told Me

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?

Comments welcome.

Source – NY Times

Source – PEW report

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I have been writing for LockerGnome since relocating to Missouri seven years ago, where I continue to be a technology enthusiast who enjoys playing with the newest and latest gadgets.

  • http://www.pcmichiana.com Craig Chamberlin

    I see this trend definitely taking place. Blogging today requires too much effort for their friends to see it – it’s much easier for people to share their moods and personal feelings through social networking. Good article :)

  • leftystrat

    Perhaps it means that those of even lower attention span don’t appreciate blogs as much :)

    • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

      Hee…..hee.

  • Stanislav Zaniuk

    Hi Ron.
    Never tried to write blogs – I mostly read them, and it an absolute delight.
    I think that web logging since creation was given the will and destiny to not to die till the great cataclysm when the I-NET collapses.

  • http://jessemcfarlane.com Jesse McFarlane

    Blogging isn’t dead, it’s just matured.

  • Annette Knell

    I’m peruvian, here blogging is trending since 2007 or so.. and I believe it’s not dying any soon.
    Maybe teenagers are not reading blogs because they prefer to play farmville instead, but it doesn’t mean ANYONE does.
    I do not play any online game.. (I know.. I’m one in a million).
    The papers really need blogs to die because online content is taking down printed news..

  • http://restaurantcityvlog.blogspot.com/ Chris

    I agree that blogs contain more substance. I turn to blogs when I want to read something, like this post, that is longer than one sentence. While books and official studies are nice, I just don’t have the time to read them all. Blogs are a nice middle ground.

    I don’t know the exact figures, but I remember that when blogs were a new thing, everyone (and their moms) had a blog. Most of these lasted less than six months and fell into the abyss of the Internet. So I think that blogs have a history of flaming out due to the increased effort to maintain them. It’s not like blasting a Tweet. A blog post takes time and thought.

    So I guess the point I’m trying to make is that blogging is still needed in the online world. It just takes more effort on the part of the writer to keep their audience interested when there are so many quick answers out there. That means having good content, consistent posting, and a level of entertainment. It seems harder to break into blogging because some people are just not that interested and there is hardly any payoff. It would be nice if everyone who read your post commented, but some people just like to read and move on. And that’s okay too.

  • Max Evans

    I can totally see the irony here. Also, I agree, I don’t think blogging died just because people tweet more than write long blogs. But to me, it’s pretty stupid to tweet 10 times to say what you could have said in a small blog post. That’s why Tumblr is pretty nice, you can say something short and sweet, but longer than 140 characters. Pownce also allowed that, but it’s gone now. =(

  • http://americasnewsnow.com mike

    I think blogging via “typing” will become a thing of the past in years to come. As easy as it is to load a photo or video, why would someone bother typing something out? Youtube can now transcribe your videos almost instantly. So now, imaging the possibilities if everything you vlog about can be instantly typed or written. Typing or the qwerty keyboard hasn’t changed in decades. While there is still a place for traditional type blogging, technology, voice recognition, video, and photos, in my opinion, will cause traditional blogging to become archaic. Just look at youtube and the myriad of other video services…Even youtube allows you to post a video response to videos. How much more credibility does a video response have than some hack ranting on comments from Oklahoma called Okiehacker12?

  • Buffet

    Annette Knell – make that TWO in a million. I don’t play any games either (I have a life). Lockergnome Nexus is a great place to come, when one has a few minutes and wants to learn something, be informed, or be entertained. FARK is OK too, but some of the commenters there can be a little….bizarre. Everyone should be encouraged to write…something, as long as they pay attention to grammar, spelling, and punctuation. I secretly wish I was good enough to write here….sigh.

  • http://www.tiogafireprotectionandfireprevention.blogspot.com @FiremanRich

    Another good blog post covering the subject is: “Blogging Died Yesterday And No One Told Me” http://bit.ly/igkgET
    Because, no one told me either and I even had to check snopes.com to make sure! lol Thanks to Ron Schenone’s blog post on Lockergnome also though, concerning the subject, I got a clearer picture because he had a link to the NYT article siting the same Pew Research Center data. In the NYT article it stated “… blogging services like Tumblr and WordPress seem to have avoided any decline. …” but in your blog post the Pew Research Center says “…blogs in question are powered by sites like WordPress.com or Blogger…” Hmmm sort of a conflict there. But made me lok for more info concerning the subject.

    At any rate there seems to be a decline in the younger age bracket here in the USA concerning blogging as they move to Twitter & Facebook. But there’s seems to be an increase in blogging, at least it seems, overseas for the same age bracket.

    I feel that blogs are not dead and appreciate blogs like Kelly Clay’s and Ron Schenone’s here on Lockergnome that keep it real in causing the readers to ask themselves if it is actually so that blogging is dead. I say no it is not. I have two blogs, one on blogger & one on wordpress. Their both not going into the trash any time soon. Surveys will slice & dice something to show a change of sorts but in this case it’s IMHO that blogging is not dead.

    “Observing & Reporting” you can follow @FiremanRich on Twitter. Be Fire Safe, Be Fire Wise, Learn Not To Burn!

    Ciao For Now!
    Peace : )

  • Jeff Norris

    Umm you wrote this week how google+ sucks too. just wondering if the early age of G+ is just the root cause of the issue or do you actually not like Google+

  • http://twitter.com/KevinLyHD Kevin Ly

    Here’s a tip…You’re on “GOOGLE”+ if you really want to complain about private messages, just send an email

  • http://www.falgram.com Falmung

    Yeah this is what I did at day 1. Although maybe we should use email like in the old days of private messages. That send email is right there isn’t there?

  • Anonymous

    figure this out on my own instantly but never contemplated the reshare till now :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=561292917 Slavco Stojanoski

    actually, you click someone’s name to open the profile and just below the profile photo , there’s a “Send an email”, which constitutes a DM since you have to have a gmail account to have a g+ profile, and as everything is integrated…

  • Anonymous

    I had this idea too but it may need added syntax. That is, if you send me a direct message like this does it still same “limited” at the top? That might not indicate to me that you shared _only_ with me as that is what it looks like when you share with any Circle. If that is the case, we need to come up with some kind of standard like adding #eyesonly or #dm or something more creative.

  • Anonymous

    The Fire is not likely to be an iPad killer but it will likely sink the Playbook.  It will have its appeal based on its attractive price and similar feel to Kindle but in color.  Ask again after Christmas.

  • Al3xis

    Seriously…? You are comparing the fire with the ipad??? What has one to do with the other??? You just wanted to talk about the ipad right..?

  • Al3xis

    Seriously…? You are comparing the fire with the ipad??? What has one to do with the other??? You just wanted to talk about the ipad right..?

  • http://twitter.com/BluesBro Luigi Cappel

    If I didn’t already have an iPad 2 I would be buying one. I do have Kindle Reader (amongst others) on it:) Have been reading eBooks since I got my first Palm. 

  • Powercruzzer

    I think will be a great seller this holiday season.I want to know does the Kindle Fire have ISB port on it. Can U check your any email account on it. Can u go to any website on it.