Who said blogging is dead? I was reviewing my subscriber stats today and in less than twelve months they’ve doubled with no sign of tapering off. My other traffic metrics paint a similar picture. Facebook and Twitter are fine for swapping trivia and links but for more serious writing (and information gathering) I find no substitute to the blogosphere and online journals.
An Information Ecology?
I think what we are seeing now is the emergence of an information ecology. We’re experiencing the digital equivalent of a cambrian explosion. As the more and more options emerge people are finding their niche. As the blogosphere is maturing, its strengths and limitations are now more apparent, and some are finding blogging isn’t their niche and moving on and that’s ok. But I no more think microblogging is taking over from macroblogging than I think television is taking over from books. It is a niche, but its just a niche. Microblogging will eventually find its ecological limits too. I don’t think the niche that macroblogging fills will be evaporating any time soon.