House Cleaning

By Tim Butler | Posted at 21:21

Thanks to Twitter & Co., it seems that blogging is dying a slow death among many of my favorite bloggers. Sad as it was to do the deed, I have culled the blogroll and brought it down to those blogs that are still online and published sometime in the last four to six months. I also fixed dated links and added a few new links, though even with additions my new blogroll is much smaller than my old one was (and not even comparable to my blogroll back in '04 or '05 when it was a bit more cutting edge to be a blogger). Is the blogosphere still going to be around in five or ten years?

You will also notice I've added an “asisaid elsewhere” section. That is for when you simply cannot read enough of my writing (ha!) and decide you need more of it. Conveniently, it will take you to my articles over at Open for Business and also to my Facebook profile, not coincidentally, the two other places I am most likely to be writing something. I do have a Twitter page, but it merely displays my Facebook status, so I see no reason to link to it.

In any case, I plan to stick out blogging for the long haul, and am going to try to get back into a more regular updating cycle, so I figured asisaid needed some cleaning up. :)

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I suppose I'll be blogging as long as the situation permits. I'm not really sure having readers was ever much more than just icing on the cake. Sure, I want people to consume the dribbles of my vast wisdom ( :grin: ), but I would tend to write regardless.

What I see taking place is more that bloggers are displacing the mainstream news sources. Meanwhile, the more cutting edge self-expression is moving on to other things.

Posted by Ed Hurst - Jan 10, 2010 | 15:24

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I was going to write something and then I saw Ed's reflections and I agree with him. In my opinion, nothing will replace blogging at its hard-core: the opportunity for a regular guy to have a live audience of millions for his thoughts.

Posted by Eduardo - Jan 10, 2010 | 18:19

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I suppose you guys are right — including the Ed's wisdom! Maybe it is more the personal type blogs that are dying. At least the ones I followed… I knew all kinds of people who blogged, now I know a decent bit fewer.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jan 10, 2010 | 22:07

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I think blogging is becoming more fractured as it grows. 8 or 9 years ago (how long ago did we start doing this?) there weren't that many blogs and all blogging was lumped together. Now, tech blogging and news blogging and faith blogging and personal blogging and kitchen sink blogging and issue blogging and meme blogging and…. They've all become their own little worlds, many of which no longer think of themselves as “blogs.”

Second, because there are so many, blogging connections have become harder to make. There's no way I'm going to swing by weblogs to see who has updated. Some of the old methods for finding other blogs are simply outdated. New methods will arise.

Finally, I've noticed writing in general to go through phases of action, contemplation, and dictation. (OK - “dictation” doesn't quite work, but it fit the rhyme.) There are seasons in my life for doing, seasons for thinking about it, and seasons for writing. It's not quite so neat, of course, and the seasons don't exclude one another, but I think they're real, and I think we go through them as a community, as well. Right now, I'm doing a lot of action and contemplation, which leaves less time for writing. The hope is that I'll take enough notes along the way that as the season changes, I'll have material for writing.

Posted by Caedmon - Jan 11, 2010 | 23:20

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Caedmon, that is a very excellent analysis. Good points. It is indeed harder to make the connections. I've pretty much settled on having Safari aggregate the blogs on my now smaller blogroll and keeping up with them. It use to be easy to stumble on someone new and start reading his or her stuff.

As to how long we've been doing this, I think you have it about pegged. I started in February 2002 (eight years, soon!) and, if memory serves, your original “Log” started about the same time.

Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Jan 12, 2010 | 7:18

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Yep. I started writing a regular online feature of sorts in the fall of 2000, but the first “blog” using blog-specific software (not manual uploads) was somewhere around then.

I don't know that I like aggregators. They make it easier to pull information, but make the whole thing much less personal. Sure, I can read lots of blogs, but without visiting the sites directly, I lose so much. When I have to click on each one, look around to see what's changed, see where comments have been added, etc., I'm much more likely to get to know the person behind the blog.

Posted by Caedmon - Jan 13, 2010 | 1:49

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I think you are right, Caedmon. I sometimes go and just browse my list anyway. To the extent I use aggregation, I use it to highlight where things have been updated, not read the actual posts. I too like the individual character of blog sites…

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