Is microblogging the death of blogging?

29 01 2009

I’ve seen this discussed a lot recently.  As for everything there are the two extreme opinions (yes and no)  and then everything in between.

For what my experience is worth,  I used to have a blog a few years ago which lasted a good year but when I reached a PR 4, ended up getting linked by an US paper, I got bored with it. The problem was not so much the writing as when I start a post my writing tends to flow but finding new  ideas that motivated me enough to concentrate for 15 minutes or so.

Then I started to spend more and more time in the so called social media sites, I’ve accumulated thousands of bookmarks, favourited hundreds of videos on YouTube, photos on Flickr, articles on Digg, ended up having an account on FriendFeed about a year ago and eventually opened a Twitter’s account in August 2008 and realised that I was collecting so many ideas and information that I felt the need to have a quiet place where to collide all this together without having my thoughts restricted by the number of characters. And in any case I could not run out of ideas any longer.

So I tried to restart my old blog after a “sabbatical” lasting over a year. Unfortunately the platform which was acceptable  2/3 years ago has not been updated enough to be compatible with the rest of the sites (no posting photos directly from Flickr and a labour intensive way to embed videos) so I decided to close shop and start a new blog here. In conclusion my answer to the question is a no.




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