Saturday, October 25, 2008

Blogging Is Dead

According to Wired Magazine it is:

Twitter, Flickr, Facebook Make Blogs Look So 2004
By Paul Boutin

Thinking about launching your own blog? Here's some friendly advice: Don't. And if you've already got one, pull the plug.

Scroll down Technorati's list of the top 100 blogs and you'll find personal sites have been shoved aside by professional ones. Most are essentially online magazines: The Huffington Post. Engadget. TreeHugger. A stand-alone commentator can't keep up with a team of pro writers cranking out up to 30 posts a day.

Is he serious? Puuuhleeeassse!
Well, at least I can have total faith that we 'Amateur Garden Bloggers' won't ever budge. There is much (too much) for us to babble about - and in a fun way. Plants, and the voracious appetite for the information about them, will never go away. Especially with the times sucky economy and the movement toward sustainability and Global Greenness. Blogs make new growers comfortable. They get the information in a less competitive way when communicating with another who has already grown whatever it is they're looking to try for themselves. Who wants to be preached down to by some 'professional' when you're just starting? Garden blogs are a great way to ease someone into the growing experience . . . without being made to feel stupid or ignorant. We all make mistakes - and if we're smart, we'll blog about those too!

I find that most serious gardeners are a stubborn lot. It won't be so easy to shove us off our soapboxes blogs.


Flighty said...

To people like that it's change and new all the time. I'm certainly not interested in Twitter or Facebook! Blogs are definitely here to stay, and are getting better all the time.
I fully agree with what you say about us gardeners.
I really do enjoy blogging and fully intend carrying on for the foreseeable future! xx

Tina said...

Hiya, Flighty.
I'm not interested in either Twitter or Facebook either. Maybe I'm just way behind the times, but they don't interest me in the least.
I certainly do hope you continue on for a long, long time as i really enjoy your blog.

Janet said...

I love Facebook, but it's designed for social networking, not writing in-depth about a topic. TV didn't replace radio, and Facebook (or whatever the Next Big Thing is) probably won't replace blogs. The trick is to push your stuff out in multiple environments - e.g. import your blog into your Facebook, which works fairly well.

Tina said...

Hi Janet, thanks for dropping in.
"The trick is to push your stuff out in multiple environments - e.g. import your blog into your Facebook, which works fairly well.

See, I don't get that. Most garden bloggers I read aren't interested in ridiculous amounts of exposure. For what? Honestly, I don't think their intent is to become some sort of celebrity blogger (Though I CAN think of a few off-hand who would probably consider themselves that - even though it's far from fact). Gardeners usually don't have heads that inflated. lol. They just love plants and conversation about them with like-minded folks - which is the reason they got into blogging to begin with.

Janet said...

Ah, but for me it isn't about being a celebrity blogger - it's about sharing my life and my garden with a handful of friends who are interested. Some of those friends are on Facebook, so instead of putting up the same content in two places, I can put it up once and share it in multiple places. I just get annoyed at people who think every new technology is going to replace all the stuff that came before it. Sometimes that happens (8-tracks, cassettes, vinyl LPs, and soon CDs), and sometimes it doesn't (movies, radio, TV). And sometimes the new medium integrates with the older one, as do blogs and Facebook.

Tina said...

Oh, I see Janet.
See, that's different - if you're just keeping in touch with friends, it does make sense to make it easier for them. What I was thinking is about all the bloggers that simply want exposure to every reader they can get their hands...err... mouse clicks on. lol.