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Over 10 years ago, I wrote my first blog post. Since then, I've authored books, had kids, traveled the world, found Trish and blogged about it all.

RE: Are people blogging less?

Nice Trail James Strachan asks Are people blogging less? Looking at my archives, I don't see a noticeable decline in the number of entries I'm writing. Granted, I don't blog nearly as much as I did in December 2002.

One interesting thing I've noticed though, is I don't read blogs much anymore. I open NetNewsWire about once a week. However, I don't think it's because of the Twitter effect. I think it's because I work in an office full of people now and I get my social interaction from them, rather than from blogs. I also think it's because I'm more interested in what's going on with LinkedIn and social networking competitors. Most of that news I get from LinkedIn News on the homepage.

If there really is a decline in blogging, it may be because of Twitter, but I think it's something bigger. I think it's folks realizing 1) it's summer and 2) you don't get a whole lot of satisfaction out of blogging - you get satisfaction in life from spending time with family and friends. So quit reading this blog and go read your kids a book or invite your friends to happy hour tomorrow. It's a beautiful time of year and it won't last forever. ;-)

Posted in The Web at Jun 23 2008, 08:54:13 PM MDT 3 Comments

I don't know whether this is coincidence or not ! Just this afternoon I was thinking, its been a while since I read your blog and told myself that, these days I read blogs so infrequently ! And right there you hit the nail on the head !!! The interest in blogs are waning and I think blogging was just a phase of our lives and we are slowly moving onto the next phase of life !

Posted by on June 24, 2008 at 05:45 AM MDT #

I agree with "phase of our lives".

Are we getting to old for this :-) or are there less IT-people and we are to busy/stressed with getting our own job done? I've notice here that training the trainee is even skipped nowadays.

Posted by koenvda on June 24, 2008 at 12:47 PM MDT #

was never sure where folks found the time. most minutes of my day accounted for and kids most certainly come first. eating lunch as i read this/type comment.

one factor may be that there are more specific employer rules in place on blogging. in order to stay safely compliant and not risk job, many cannot comment on *anything* from work. this removes large portion of what one might blog about, including those whose posting about work-related items would have otherwise been very professional.

still think blogging is good way to be in larger conversation, learn more than could otherwise be provided by immediate colleagues. not sure if twitter can fill this same need. assuming blogging is indeed declining, and assuming the need for broader communication still has to be filled, where will things go next?

Posted by erick on June 24, 2008 at 05:20 PM MDT #

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