Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Blogging is dead come see your NEW BLOG

While clicking around the web the other day, I found an article on Wired discussing why blogging is dead. Immediate thoughts of "man, are they dead wrong" stormed through my head before I had even read the article. Reading it however revealed that the author had some good points. While the "Blogging is dead" mantra is sensationalism, I am starting to agree (somewhat).

I am by no means a professional blogger. Lack of advertising on the afpr blog, and more notably my lack of good grammar prove that! But what started out as an online journal of my random thoughts and comments, has now made it into the top 1% of all Social Media blogs. Now just when all my hard work promoting is starting to attract traffic, I am starting to think...why bother?

I have another blog I did not even know about. It is powered by a commenting startup called Disqus . Disqus while not ubiquitous across the blogosphere is used more and more often by more blogs as their commenting system. Now, whenever I leave a comment, the original blog author (or anyone for that matter) can reply back. Now the original blog topic never has to die. When someone replies to a comment I left, I am notified via email, and have the oppertunity to add to my comment.

I never realized it before now, but I have had more to say via commenting on other peoples blogs, than on my own blog. Disqus, and services like it will be the new way that many of us blog - it just makes sense. You can read my "Disqus blog" here.

What are the new ways that you blog, leave your comments , or move the conversation to Twitter by following me here.
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Anonymous said...

Hi Andrew. Some people use as a means to extend their social media presence. It's mainly an RSS feed aggregator that accepts feeds from blogs and many social media sites. However, it also allows you to publish individual entries of 1000 chr. or less (Twitter, by contrast, only allows 140 chrs.), plus you can comment on anything that you can see in FriendFeed. Some of the new Facebook changes, such as the ability to comment in News Feeds, were undoubtedly influenced by FriendFeed. Oh, and Disqus comments can also be streamed into FriendFeed, which can encourage additional conversations.

If you decide to check FriendFeed out, you can find me there as user markdykeman. Cheers!

P.S. I thought that the Wired article was largely linkbait; these new services can complement a blog but they aren't going to put blogs out of business either.

Andrew Finkle said...

Thanks Mark, excellent comment - and I can not agree more! I used Disqus as just one example, FriendFeed is another great one. The only point I had been trying to make was that Blogging (as we know it now) really is dead. Yes, we will all still blog, but the tools we use will let us blog from anywhere - whether it is from someone elses blog, or from a comment we leave, or....