Do you follow blogs anymore? I suppose if you’re reading this, you do – but I am referring to a grander scale of continued adoption. (For example, you could have easily landed here from a search engine, and have no idea – nor care – that this is a blog.)
It seems, these days, most connected users seem to crave short, quick, micro updates from friends and businesses. Blogs have taken a back seat to concise scribblings that are distributed in mass fashion.
New personalities are rarely ever conveyed through blogs – but rather Facebook pages, Twitter streams, mobile apps, etc.
But is there still value to a traditional blog?
I believe so, but first we have to get away from the term “blog.”
The term “blog” frightens me, because it intends to classify individual reflection and writing as some sort of “internet fad.”
A blog is nothing more than a reverse chronological collection of thoughts and ideas conveyed in digital form.
What’s changed recently is not the absence of thoughts and ideas, nor the digital form, but the lack of reflection before publishing. Nowadays we publish any knee-jerk thought we conjure up, without proper filtering or revision for a larger audience.
Social networks promote instantaneous updates of all types of media – urging you to continue filling empty voids and dull moments with mindless chatter.
Our thoughts and moment-to-moment diatribes are fun to share, but offer almost nothing toward enlightenment to ourselves or others.
The real goal is to step back from the constant spatter of social network activity, and reflect on what you’re truly experiencing and feeling.
Those that can do that, even in these days of short attention spans and limitations of patience can more easily adapt to the ever-changing world around them, as well as being a consistent, reliable voice for others.