Friday, March 6, 2009

Can Twitter replace blogging?

I've always loved to write. There's something about sitting down and putting your thoughts into words that offers both a sense of power and a sense of clarity. When I started this blog, my intention was to try to write something every day. Maybe I wouldn't write something profound or deeply meaningful, but I wanted to get a new thought out every day. Just to keep the juices flowing.

Fast forward a few months and, as you can see by the frequency of my posting, that hasn't happened. But it's not because I don't have time or energy or even things to say. It's all because of Twitter and I'm seeing the same phenomenon happening all over the blogging world.

Sometimes, you want to say something but don't need a lot of space to do it. While I know many people do short blog posts, I've never really understood the point. For me, blogging is as much a mental closet cleaning as it is creative and my posts almost always run long. Many times, however, I just want to share a cool URL or a video or some other meaningless piece of information and, for that, Twitter saves the day.

I think Twitter is slowly going to nearly completely replace blogging as the expressive outlet for many people. It lets you get your point out quickly, easily, succinctly, and without having to find useless filler. Already, I'm seeing the posting rate of Twitter connected bloggers fall dramatically and in direct correlation with their rising Twitter usage. Why go on for 300 words when you can say it in 140 characters?

Don't get me wrong, I don't see a day coming soon when all of our information will come in the form of one unending Twitter stream. Blogging will always have its place. But I think Twitter is opening up a whole new avenue for the "non-blogger blogger" - those who have something to say, but don't have a lot to say. Blogging can be intimidating for a newbie. Twitter is friendly, accessible, easy to use.

What about you? Do you blog and use Twitter as well? How has your Twitter usage affected your blogging? Do you see a time when you might use Twitter exclusively as your expressive medium of choice?

1 comment:

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