Is Blogging Dead?

The other day I was at lunch with some folks (I won’t name drop except to give credit for the person who originally brought it up: Jeremy), and he commented that, while is number of RSS subscriptions has actually increased, the volume of daily unread posts has dramatically decreased.

I’ve heard others attribute this to twitter. Also, perhaps the dragging economy rampaging economic recovery could be keeping people extra busy trying to make ends meet dealing with the flood of new shovel-ready business.

For me, it’s been a combination of both.  I sort of burnt out, got super busy dealing with family life, found twitter useful for waging all-out argument wars blurting out a few things off the top of my head, ran out of topic ideas that fire me up enough to pump out blog posts I thought were worthy of sharing.

Los Techies is still cranking out a huge volume of content including Sean Chambers’ epic 31-part ‘31 Days of Refactoring’ series.  So I’d say that Blogging is not quite dead, but it’s certainly not operating at the same volume and frequency as we say even just 2 years ago.

Did Twitter kill blogging? What are your thoughts?

About Chad Myers

Chad Myers is the Director of Development for Dovetail Software, in Austin, TX, where he leads a premiere software team building complex enterprise software products. Chad is a .NET software developer specializing in enterprise software designs and architectures. He has over 12 years of software development experience and a proven track record of Agile, test-driven project leadership using both Microsoft and open source tools. He is a community leader who speaks at the Austin .NET User's Group, the ADNUG Code Camp, and participates in various development communities and open source projects.
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  • Well, I still love reading blogs and find ‘twitter’ to be too disjointed and uninteresting.

    I don’t care if someone is tweeting that they are ‘driving to work’ – seems rather too self-absorbed :)

    I just enjoy reading the technical literature from good blogging sources like Los Techies – a great wealth of information on so many good topics.

    I don’t see that in tweets

  • It’s okay, Oren Eini is single handedly taking up the slack.

  • I wonder how much blogging energy has been redirected into

  • Toddo

    I totally agree with Steve.

  • Tweets vs blog posts are like SMS messages versus cell phone conversations. It may pay off to send an SMS once in a while (even if you could speak it, transform it to text and then texting it) but it will never replace meaningful conversations.

    As a blogger, I would say that as we grow older, we get more responsabilities, like family, extra work, etc, so we have less time. Writing stuff that keeps up with the level of maturity one gains over time takes effort and, again, time. And I would also say that the brain plasticity and the learning curve are having something to do with a diminishing return in blog information.

    The new people, the younguns, they are as fast and brilliant as ever, but their attention span is getting smaller by the generation. This being said, I still don’t see people choosing Twitter if they have something _meaningful_ to say.

  • pablo

    I don’t think blogging is dead. On the contrary of what most people think I believe that twitter is a very effective notification tool for bloggers.
    If twitter is killing something, in my opinion, is google reader. I find it the perfect replacement!
    Bloggers that contribute with real content to the web are still very much alive.

  • Sosh

    Twitter? What a waste of time. Maybe pointless blogging has moved there. Good riddance!

    Quality blogs are still going strong.

  • Ollie Riches

    I think it show’s that most people don’t have anything orginally interesting to say, even if itw as to offer an opinion on other blog entry.

    It may sound harsh but since blogging is ‘so yesterday’ the quality vs. quantity has improved IMO.

  • I agree with Sosh:
    at least for me, I moved most of my link sharing and quick commentary type of posts to twitter. And I kept on my blog only more technical posts or other posts that I think deserve more dignity than just 140chars sent out to the World.
    And I’ve seen lots of people doing this as well.

    I think blogging is not dead… it just evolved to a different (and probably became a more interesting medium than before).
    The risk is that it looses personality, and blogs become just a technical sites.

  • Blogging isn’t dead. What is dead is all the random garbage such as quizzes telling you which Star Wars character you are. That’s all moved to Twitter.

    Stack Overflow is a much better place to post about problems that you’re having with your code and solutions that you find to them than on your blog, mainly because in my experience that kind of blog post tends to attract a torrent of “plz send me teh codez” type comments. (Also, the most-read post on my own blog is about a technology that I am not currently working with.) Surprisingly, though, it doesn’t seem to have made much of a dent in the number of blog entries that I see that would be more appropriate there.

  • I don’t think it’s dead at all. I don’t know how the statistics are resolved, but I suck in the blogs through RSS and read them in my mail client, then click into the site and comment when it makes sense.

    Twitter to me doesn’t replace blogs, it just gives me newsletter headlines and allows me to flip to the page I’m most interested in.

    I would suspect a number of people get some skewed statistics due to high bounce rate for people “perusing” headlines and not reading content (on the blog, you only know approximately how long they stayed, if that). With the Twitter-first approach, my guess is that with fewer visitors, you are still getting higher quality visits from people pre-sold on the idea they are going to read what they came for …

    Or not.

  • pete

    I think alot of blogging about technology is done for two reason. A programer studying/exploring a new technology. The second is a soap box person explaining how a technology can make your life easier.

    The blog of a programmer is going to be rich and full for weeks or months, then it is going to lag. Because the programmer is going to explore concepts then use them. So while s/he is exploring there is lots to talk about.

    The blog of a soap box ( evanglist ) are great blogs to read too. They are the ones that help us break out of the existing way of doing things. TDD, ORM, Validation Engine, IOC, or new release of existing technologys. Again this stuff can run hot and cold. When few believe/know about the technolgy there is more to talk about. Once every one goes Duh why wouldn’t you use that there is less to talk about. When MVC with jquery came out there were a flurry of articles. Now that most have smelled the coffee the articles are going down. Ayende and writen many articles since NHibernate 2.2 is out. Scoot Gu is blogging more to give glimices as to what 4.0 will be able to do.

    Bottom line, as new technolgy comes on line, or individules explore a topic blogging goes up. As we hit a steady state blogging goes down.

  • Jhon

    Blogging is not dead, it just smells funny

  • I have to agree that at least in the communities I subscribe to, blogging is a lot less then it used to be 2 years ago.
    To the point that I would agree with the original post.
    I also think that the recession killed blogging since I myself found that I have almost no time to blog.
    Twitter might have something to do with it, since once upon a time, I used to blog about things that came into my mind.
    Stackoverflow and similar sites are trying to centralize blogging efforts into 1 place, which for the purpose of gathering information is beneficial to the users who need it.

    I think that a lot of the steam has left blogging and the only people left standing are the serious bloggers and the companies that blog to get better SEO.