Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Is the blog dead?

There is an interesting post and set of comments on Pegasus Librarian which relate to the question Whatever happened to the Library Blog?. Pegasus notes a drop in library blog traffic as well as the following:

"Two years ago, blogs provided a venue for people's carefully thought-out ideas as well as for their off-the-cuff thoughts, gut reactions, and general banter. In this way, they were like the sessions and the between- and after-session banter at a conference. Today I think that blogs have begun to take on the more focused character of the actual sessions at a conference."

Is this true, and if so does it matter? Are we over blogs and are we more interested in microblogging? The evidence from Universal McCann’s Social Media Wave 3 Research suggests that blogging has become mainstream, and while it has experienced strong growth in Asia the growth has plateaued somewhat in the more US market.

There is also an interesting article in the UK based NMK: Knowledge for the Digital Economy titled Record visits for UK blog sites that looks at the uptake and use of blogs in that part of the world. One one hand it appears that blogs are "increasingly displacing traditional media usage and recent statistics (less people read newspapers than read blogs) appear to back that up". Yet at the same time other are writing off blogging as passé.

Mark Twain apparently once said "the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated". Is this the same for blogging?

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