Is Blogging Becoming Passe?

Posted August 22nd, 2011 by Dawn Mooney in Tech

working_on_laptopRecently, many of the amazing women who I’m blessed to join here on The DC Moms gathered together for what we dubbed HomeHer, the celebration we could take part in while many of our other online pals were off living it up at BlogHer ’11. We ate, we drank, and we were all sorts of merry. At one point, a conversation was started about our social media habits, and then specifically about twitter versus blogging.

My ears perked up, because though I have a twitter handle (@mteblogmama), I admit that I’m not quite clear about how to best use it. (And I’m still ticked that Twitter doesn’t allow just one more stinking character for handles, since I’m otherwise known as morninglightmama online. Grr.) I have it set so whenever a blog post goes up, a simple tweet with the title and a shortened link gets sent out to the modest set of followers of my twitdom. Occasionally, I’ll hop on and have a few exchanges with folks who are on at the time, but I still don’t feel entirely comfortable with it.

It was interesting to hear how much Twitter is overtaking previous blogging habits among some of my DC Moms colleagues, and someone even likened it to a high school experience. Blogging is so exciting during freshman year, but by senior year, you’ve moved on to something else, and apparently that something else, at least for right now, is Twitter.

A big factor in this appears to be the interaction. Low numbers of comments for some folks made blogging feel like shouting into an empty theater, while Twitter brings the feeling of being at a cocktail party, always moving around, having a social blast. With most people equipped with what my husband longingly refers to as “smartypants phones,” it’s clear that one could have a connection with the Twitterverse at any given moment.

I hear that perspective, I do, but I find that blogging still fits my needs best. Yes, my theater often does feel painfully empty, and “0 comments” may appear at the bottom of quite a number of posts, and if I’m being completely honest, I have to admit that it feels much better to see a notification of a new comment pop up in my inbox. Really, though? I’m a pretty social person, but that’s not what purpose blogging primarily serves for me. I often have something to say, and whether anyone listens or not, it just feels good to say it. And I can’t even begin to break it down to just 140 characters or less.

Three years ago, I wrote a post about why I blog, and the sentiment still rings true for me. I respect that different folks have different (key)strokes, but if you need me, I’ll be hanging out in the freshman hallway, for my fifth straight year.

Dawn should apologize for the shameless plug for her blog, but instead will direct you to her other pursuits as well, reviewing books on 5 Minutes for Books, and waxing philosophically on parenting on the Greenbelt Patch. Shame on her.



8 Responses to “Is Blogging Becoming Passe?”

  1. Terra

    I apparently write for a field of crickets much of the time, but I’m with you – writing is an imperative and purpose of my life. Can I have my locker next to yours?

  2. Jessica

    After a post like that I HAVE to comment. You know I do LOTS of shouting in an empty theater, so I guess I’m in that freshman hall with you. I still love my blog. And quite frankly, I’m totally down on Twitter. I don’t care if so and so is at a restaurant or buying bread. Who has time to follow all those twitter feeds? Guess I’m old, I don’t get it. Glad you aren’t about to give up blogging. 😉

    • morninglight mama

      You know, Jessica, it really is that I don’t get Twitter, because I know it absolutely works for some people. But, I can’t sit in front of a feed for very long, and don’t have a smartphone to check on the go, so blogging just makes more sense for me. And Facebook, which I didn’t even get into here, which is a whole different animal.

  3. Peggy Duncan

    Hi Dawn, Unless you’re a rockstar blogger, you’re not going to get a lot of comments…I think most people comment on those blogs because they’re vying for the attention of the rockstar :).

    I almost stopped blogging years ago but two things happened: I realized that my blog was keeping me on the first page of Google in organic search results for my expertise as a “personal productivity expert” and for the stuff I write about. Second, I added the free Feedjit widget and realized that people from all over the world were reading my posts (I have a how to technology and productivity blog for solopreneurs).

    Like you, I don’t tweet a lot because so many people just aren’t talking about anything (and don’t even get me started on Facebook).

    Social media wise, I pay most attention to my blog and my YouTube channel. That’s where my visitors come from, and those two things keep me on that first page of Google. That leads to more media inquiries/exposure and training/speaking gigs. And that’s what it’s all about for me.

    Upload Feedjit and you’ll see you do have eyeballs.

    Hmmm. Think I’ll turn this into a blog post.

    • Dawn Mooney

      Thanks for sharing your perspective, Peggy. I think all of social media isn’t a good fit for everyone, and blogging just happens to be where I’m most comfortable.

      I used to have Feedjit on my sidebar, but took it off because it looked distracting to me. I do look at my stats using other platforms, and it’s fun to see how folks from around the world find their way over to my little space on the web. :)