Are Blogs Relevant in the New “Statusphere” World?

newspaperEarlier this year, I made a New Year’s resolution to blog more. But now, only a few months into 2009, my New Year’s resolution seems irrelevant in the new “statusphere” world. Brian Solis ala TechCrunch defines “Statusphere” as follows:

The Statusphere is the new ecosystem for sharing, discovering, and publishing updates and micro-sized content that reverberates throughout social networks and syndicated profiles, resulting in a formidable network effect of activity.

And here’s what I was originally thinking:

It feels like so many times in the past couple months something has happened, and I’ve thought to myself, “I should blog about that.” I’m hoping to get into a weekly rhythm.

Now, though, something happens, and my first thought is less “I should blog about that” and more “I should tweet about that or update my Facebook status or do both at the same time.” My blogging brother, Tom, puts blogging in a slightly different light:

I’ve always thought it strange when bloggers apologize for not blogging for a while. Like the whole world was reading just their blog and theirs alone. Sitting there, refreshing the page — hoping for a post. The way I see it, I’m not syndicated, so I don’t owe anyone anything. Besides, if I post a big “I’m back” article, think of the pressure that creates for me. What if I get busy right after that? So, yeah, it’s been a while. I may start blogging more. Or I may not.

With all this talk about death of the newspaper and/or traditional journalism, I wonder, is “death of the blog” talk next?

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  • http://www.briansolis.com briansolis

    Hi Bob, interesting thoughts…this might also help stir ideas and opportunities: http://is.gd/rWjH (personally, I believe that a market for thoughtful articles and posts will always exist…what changes is how we connect them to the very people we wish to reach.)

  • http://bobcaswell.com Bob Caswell

    Thanks for visiting, Brian!

    Yeah, I agree that thoughtful articles will always exist… it's just where to find and how to connect. And even in the age of Twitter/Facebook/FriendFeed, the technology is still woefully inadequate, in my opinion:

    http://bobcaswell.com/2009/04/01/my-social-netw

  • http://bobcaswell.com Bob Caswell

    The other thing I should mention is that there (to me) is a big difference between “thoughtful articles and posts” and many personal blogs. If we're talking TechCrunch, yeah, it's one thing… But so many blogs are just the quick thoughts of one person, and that seems to be what the Statusphere might replace.

  • http://bobcaswell.com Bob Caswell

    The other thing I should mention is that there (to me) is a big difference between “thoughtful articles and posts” and many personal blogs. If we're talking TechCrunch, yeah, it's one thing… But so many blogs are just the quick thoughts of one person, and that seems to be what the Statusphere might replace.

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