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LOL.
those two were the very first blogs I ever read consistently. my blog owes them big.

I don't know if Twitter will kill the blog, or just push for more quality content on blogs.

Couldn't agree with you more, Ben. And TSK's blog is still so good because his tweets are sparse. But, I am wondering if we're just in a swing phase that will right itself. And twitter is blogging - just micro not macro. Think we're gonna end up with both/and in the end. http://twitter.com/cynthiaware

While I like the outlet and ease of Twitter...I don't think it is the only reason that blogging is starting to die. I think part of it hinges on what Seth Godin said a few months back that blogging has become a legitimate media source...which means collaborative blogs are picking up more steam while personal blogs are going under. I also think people are growing tired of being preached to in blogs. Every one that ever thought of planting a church has a blog...spouts off their ideas as if they are an expert...and it's getting old. When I first started blogging back in 2004 very few were doing it. Now everyone is doing it and the cyber-noise has become deafening. However, I guess the main reason that many of us are dropping our blogs is the time it takes to keep one going and the temptation to focus on our own popularity than on God. By the way...this time net year we'll be talking about why Facebook is dying off. Two years from now the reason that Twitter is dying off. :-)

Or you could argue that we are finally able to better delineate our content. I take time crafting posts on my blog and I don't clutter it up with YouTube videos and Internet memes and news stories. I can one-off that junk on twitter.

The result could just be that blog content becomes more targeted and better quality. More signal, less noise.

peace|dewde

I agree with some of the sentiments posted above. Blogs were being used for all sorts of different types of content. Now, however, most people post their pointless links and videos to twitter. This allows blogs to be the destination for our more thought out ideas.

I've even started using tumblr for my less-than-serious posts. It's more like my doodle pad, where my blog will be my short essay journal.

If Twitter were a meal, it would be an after school snack. Blogs are like dinner.
No amount of cookies and milk will ever replace the goodness of steak.

You can think of a blog as an ongoing resume if you are in ministry. We can get a glimpse into your passions, successes and failures based on your blog posts. Anyone can write a resume that makes them sound like they are experienced with Youth or Life groups, etc. On your blog, we can validate those claims. Are their teens following you as a Youth Pastor? Is your content passionate and show your knowledge and experience? It can be living proof of your resume. I would think that's a good thing to be utilized and not die. Someone like myself, a designer, has a portfolio to tangibly show people what they will receive. That's not so easy as a ministry staff person. Use the blog to prove your passion regardless of the # in your RSS reader. No?

Twitter is my blogger mistress...

seriously I love blogging and I have noticed spending more time in twitter which has caused my blogging to diminish. I have actually thought of cutting way back on tweeting to blog more...

I've also pulled tweeting into blogging by asking questions on twitter and posting peoples answers in a blog post.

Blogging though will not go away.

yea, I was blogging before blogging was popular. you and I will dominate. in 140 characters er more.

--Terrace Crawford
http://www.terracecrawford.com
http://www.twitter.com/terracecrawford

fads come and go right?

i simply think the lifespan of fads in the e-world are much shorter than which we're accustomed.

i tend to believe that 1) ppl in general like being a part of the latest trend. and 2) ppl like things that make their life easier. and perhaps blogging-to-twittering is just the latest example of the combination of the two.

for example, whether intentionally or unintentionally, many have decided not to rely heavily on email any longer in exchange for relying mostly on texting.

plus, for reasons that will be too much to type, especially since i've written so much already (and i know this is controversial...thanks in part to ken coleman) i think twittering feeds our narcissistic addiction in ways blogging doesn't quite satisfy.

Blanchard once mentioned (in his characteristic fashion) that folks know only about 11 hours worth of stuff and the rest is filler. Many blogs have blessed us with their 11 hours, life has enough filler and people may not be long for parroting what's been said already.

i wonder if we have a certain amount of creative energy to spend/give on any given day and we end up spreading it between our teaching, twitter, our blogs, and most importantly, our relationships.

i've found that the days i'm writing sermons or spending a lot of time with my significant other don't just leave me devoid of time to blog, but with fewer ideas to pour into it.

good thing there's a new giant whiteboard in my office and a moleskine in my hand.

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