“recently gave up his personal blog for a Tumblr”
Four things, in response to the Blogging Is Dead story and its ensuing conversation:
1) I didn’t give up my blog for Tumblr. They were very separate activities. I had a Tumblr for a long time and I had a blog forever. I quit one (which was a lot of work) and kept going with the other (which, as you can see by this nonsense, was not).
2) I wish I had written this Observer article. No offense to the author, who I talked to for quite a while and who genuinely seemed knowledgeable about the subject, but I think this misses on the major points of what “the death of the blog” really entails. I think it is undeniable that a certain type of blogging is dead, or at least moribund, or at least not nearly as populist as we thought it would be. If you flashed back to, say, 2006, and looked at how “the personal blog” was hypothesized in the collective internet conscious, events turned out very different than it seemed they would. Everything from Tumblr to Facebook Comments to Twitter to the “like” button to Gawker Media to 4chan have resulted in a gradual erosion of what blogging seemed like it would be. And that’s okay! But “reblogging” and “liking” and “approaching television” and “finding private networks” and… and so many other things… blogging probably does need some other kind of new stupid name. Or actually, it probably just needs to go away, because it’s no longer useful.
3) I can’t leak it, so I’ll just allude to it: Kottke, who we can probably agree is the quintessence of a certain type of blogging, is releasing a new project soon that allows users to capture and follow the micro-micro-transactions of internet activity. Vague enough? Well fine, the point, which will be difficult to explain to anyone who has never used MovableType, is that I can’t tell you how utterly weird it is that even Kottke! is moving away from “traditional blogging” into some sort of quasi-social-media space. (And good for him! It’s pretty cool.)
4) Funny story? This is good: Someone has been ghost writing my “real” blog for a couple months, without my approval. He had a password and just started doing it. I’ve let it go because… what? What’s the difference if it’s me or not? Who cares!
I think that says pretty much everything I feel about blogging right now.