This post is a contribution to Chris Shiflett’s ‘Ideas of March’ blog revival campaign. To participate you have to complete the following:
- Write a post called Ideas of March.
- Write about why you like blogs.
- If you don’t already blog regularly, pledge to blog more the rest of the month.
- Share your thoughts on Twitter with the #ideasofmarch hashtag.
So here goes.
1. Write a post called Ideas of March.
2. Write about why you like blogs.
I like blogs, but I believe they are dying. People don’t have time to consume long in-depth posts anymore (unless you use Readability ;)). People want bite-sized information such as that provided by the Twitterati. We’re lazy. We want other people to do the work for us. To tell us what’s good. To tell us what to read, what to listen to and what to watch. I’ve become lazy myself. I browse my RSS feeds and skim the titles of posts. Very rarely do I take the time to actually click the link and read the full article. If it’s more than three paragraphs with little or no media I usually move on. This is the problem — everyone moves too fast.
I was recently given a Kindle as a gift and of course I mentioned Readability earlier. Readability gives you the opportunity to send an article/blog post directly to your Kindle. Since I discovered this my interest in blogs has been revitalised. I can now send all the articles I want to read to my Kindle, and enjoy them — free from distraction. It takes concentration to read a blog post but you get insightful opinions and a rewarding feeling after reading most blog posts. You can think about what you just read and take away a new point of view. Then you can form your own opinion and write up a counter argument or just some musings.
Facebook and Twitter can’t match that. If you spend the day reading your timeline you’ll often be left with a mind overwhelmed with information (often useless information). Instead of reading timelines and picking up snippets from various stories, we should read just two blog posts per day and we’ll have more room to actually think, and think independently at that.
3. If you don’t already blog regularly, pledge to blog more the rest of the month.
I already pledged to blog more even before I read Chris’ article. In the past two days I’ve written three short posts (which is probably a record for me). So hopefully I can keep going until the end of March and hopefully until March 2013.
4. Share your thoughts on Twitter with the #ideasofmarch hashtag.