Wed, Apr 3, 2013
Last week I
had some secret meetings in NYC jetted off for a brief trip to N.Y.C.
My plan was to go (in style thanks to the husbands frequent flier miles), see (yay broadway!), meet (yay secret stuffs!), sleep (ok didnt do this one much), and return (I love my home routine!).
What’s not included above? Ill give you a hint. It rhymes with SLOGGING.
A touch of social media exhaustion coupled with planning LIVE not BLOG ABOUT LIFE resulted in the decision to (brace your collective selves) leave the laptop at home.
The trip was fantastic. The trip was…enlightening. The trip wasnt complete without my writing for at least an hour a day.
Even though I knew this about myself—-the craving surprised me & brought me back to something I (and the rest of the world in its post SXSW interactive-haze) have pondered lately:
Is blogging a dead medium?
The answer for me remains NO.
- Writing is living memoir. For the reader and the writers. I blogged my way through my months in Guatemala. I love reading you blog your way through life events big & small. Blogs are fluid, alive and *constantly* updated. It’s the reason why The Real World started initially and why The Truman Show was such a success. We are all curious & voyeuristic. We all have stories to tell. For me blogging is living memoir.
- Brevity doesnt always rock. The is beauty in terseness (remember the six word memoir?) yet when I attempted to embrace microblogging I discovered Id frequently move the conversation over to Facebook. Unless youre (not) Hemingway terse mediums work best for sales pitches and pithy quotes.
- Writers write. They may also tweet, facebook, instagram, PINTEREST, but for the most part we write. Carefully crafted sentences. Plural. Many of them. I could intellectually make the decision not to blog on my trip—but I innately longed to write. I frequently hear bloggers lament the fact they love blogging but loathe writing. I always encourage them to find the medium which resonates with them. I like vlogging. I love the written word.
- Blogging is my therapy. I dont lifecast, but by the time I share thoughts with you (from family yoga to meditation) Ive spent considerable time working through the, uh, issue at hand. I view my blog posts as a launching pad for the (therapeutic) discussion, wisdom and normalizing you share in the comments. Without one there could be no other.
I miss the days when blogs were lower-case b, when someone could quietly blog about this and that and if others were charmed they could read it and if not then not. Now blogs are vehicles for platforms and topics.
Admittedly my initial reaction was
Wait, in order to get our books published the industry demands platforms & hooks!
My next thought, however, was:
I agree. That’s it. Many days the charm feels forced for page views & Google ranking. As a result, many days I wonder if the old school way of blogging sans ads and sponsored posts will die?
- Do you think blogging is shifting? changing? dying?
- Will micro-blogging/vlogging be the demise of the written blog?
- Do you loathe blogging from the ipad as I do?