It’s difficult to hold a conversation nowadays – a face-to-face one even. I am amazed that even when we are in a coffee shop, we exchange URLs and search strings for an amazing YouTube video. That conversation then ends abruptly, because unless you have seen the YouTube video or seen the Facebook photo or downloaded the iTunes podcast or subscribed to the latest Web 2.0 service, there is no context to the conversation.
I won’t go and count, but I think I have written more on dying blogs than I have written to keep the blog alive.
It’s funny that there is a hesitation to share freely on a blog. It seems, it’s easier and more acceptable to do it on Facebook and Twitter with surprising recklessness. There’s less cognitive load to act in the Facebook/Twitter theatre; significantly higher on a blog. It’s a strain, when you have to blog about the same thing.
I found good use for Twitter and this blog’s Tumblr sibling. Whenever I had an idea that needed some TLC, I’d tweet it or tumblr it. The previous post was one such post. Increasingly though, these raw and crude ideas end up remaining just that and keep getting pushed to “Older Entries”.
Facebook doesn’t cut it out for me, as it used to. When I first joined Facebook and found friends (read, real friends) who were geographically away, I thought it was a good way to keep in touch. It has however, become a ruckus, of sorts. Networking is overated. People you have never met create a deafening noise in your lifestream. I wonder if the very concept of ‘being friends’ is lost to us.
Then, there is attention span. It’s diminishing at an alarming rate. The posts on my blog with least views are those that are long. One-liners get the most attention.
With all this, our thoughts start becoming shallow. And the only way to post a shallow thought is a Facebook status message or a Tweet. As more bloggers take refuge in shallowness the blog lives, but empty.
The blogs aren’t dying, bloggers are.