Pick the odd one out: Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Blog.
Or perhaps, as some would say, pick the dead one out.
Jason Kottke, a prolific blogger himself, recently wrote:
John Scalzi posted an insightful response to Kottke’s post:
So, yes, traditional blogging is not what the cool kids do these days, but it will always have its uses; hence, my new blog.1
Also, I have always thought of Facebook and Twitter and other social media services not as a threat but as a complement to blogging. Twitter, in particular, seems to me like a giant, crowd-sourced feed of interesting blog posts (among its other uses). Nothing, though, beats a dedicated feed reader for leisurely scrolling through a stream of recent posts from your favorite blogs. (Yes, I am still mad at Google for pulling the plug on Google Reader, but I am also grateful that CommaFeed exists.)
So here is my new blog, the demise of blogging notwithstanding. Let’s see where it takes me.
My old, personal blog—the one where I kept blogging for over 8 years, and which let me taste the freedom that comes with hosting and writing one’s own blog—is still there, but retired. My new “voice”, so to speak, needed a new blog, so here we are. ↩