Paul Boutin of Wired Magazine suggested us to ignore blog and recommended us to use Flickr, Facebook and Twitter more frequently. I was just wondering why he thinks that all of these types of social media (blogging, Twitter, Facebook and so on) can’t collaborate each other. Come on man, don’t put blog and social networking head-to-head!
Thinking about launching your own blog? Here’s some friendly advice: Don’t. And if you’ve already got one, pull the plug.
Writing a weblog today isn’t the bright idea it was four years ago. The blogosphere, once a freshwater oasis of folksy self-expression and clever thought, has been flooded by a tsunami of paid bilge. Cut-rate journalists and underground marketing campaigns now drown out the authentic voices of amateur wordsmiths. It’s almost impossible to get noticed, except by hecklers. And why bother? The time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Flickr, Facebook, or Twitter.
For me, social networking services like Facebook and Twitter no more than a kind of “outlet”, “door” or “getaway” for us to share and discover.
That’s why we still need a blog, a site – or whatever we call it – where we can put our contents, where we can express our ideas, where we can examine our thoughts. With this perspective, personally, I even still need media mainstream coverage for my content resources.
What if our blog post is not found on the top results of Google? It’s not the big deal. If you can write an original idea or come-up with a breaking news, even though your blog site has a lower page-rank or low traffics, I promise your piece will be found on the first page of Google!
However, the essence of blogging is sharing, instead of getting popularity, fame, etc. If you are blogging and then became a celebrity – that’s great but it’s just a “bonus”.
He also revealed:
Scroll down Technorati’s list of the top 100 blogs and you’ll find personal sites have been shoved aside by professional ones. Most are essentially online magazines: The Huffington Post. Engadget. TreeHugger. A stand-alone commentator can’t keep up with a team of pro writers cranking out up to 30 posts a day.
How could he compare personal blog sites with big media sites like NYT or Huffington Post? My fellow Twitter, Treespotter, is totally right when declare his blogging manifesto:
“This is not a story. This is not a report. This is not a journal. This is not news. This is blogging.”