Thursday, November 11, 2010

Is Blogging Dead?

I have just received an email informing me that this blog is listed on another blog posting entitled 50 Best Blogs for Medieval History Geeks. I tell you this not to blow my own trumpet, but to point out that there are 49 other excellent blogs listed there. There are some of my favourites, and some I haven't discovered yet so I will have to have a good look myself.
This is particularly interesting because I read recently some IT type claiming that people are not blogging anymore. However, I get the impression that there are increasing numbers of blogs around with something to say. I think it actually means that the very young people are giving it up, using their two minute attention spans in the more rapid fire media of Twitter and Facebook and the like. Perhaps if they expressed themselves in more leisurely media, they would have some thinking time to avoid getting into all the embarrassing situations they seem to manage on those social media.
Meanwhile, we bloggers are just slipping back into the middle ages, or getting middle aged.


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H. Doug Matsuoka said...

Thanks for the link. I think blogging is dead in that it is no longer "the next big thing." And that mainly because its content creation method is to use a bunch of words strung together. Many of the newer microblogs like posterous and tumblr encourage posting links, images, sounds, and posts from other blogs (reblogging). This is not so much content creation as content aggregation which creates a very echoey internet.

I do see some medieval twitter accounts (you know what I mean). I just found this one:!/MedievalMss which tweets you a medieval manuscript image each day. I just hit the follow button on them.

Anyway, I love your blog, and if you have a twitter feed I'd follow that too.

Dianne said...

Sorry, no twitter feed. I'm so old that I like to sit down and think before I write.

H. Doug Matsuoka said...

And I should think before I write. Sometimes, at least. I forgot to congratulate you for getting on the medieval history best blogs list. Congratulations!