Before I click of the button which allows a new entry on this blog a page appears loaded with stats. It shows how many people have read and commented and how many pages I’ve published. I’m a few short of 4,400 pages tonight. Scary.
When this blog began there was no Facebook or Twitter or Tumblr. Blogging was new and cool. Hey, I was once new and cool! Tempus fugit.
A question I’ve been asking myself a lot lately: Have Blogs Lost Their Reason For Being?
Nearly every day I struggle whether to put something here or on Twitter or Facebook. It’s a tough choice. Sometimes I divvy things up but it seems so arbitrary.
Some people see the little links I put on Facebook leading back to posts like this and never think to click! I’ve had people click the Facebook “like” button or even post a Facebook comment within seconds, long before anyone could have read my thoughts.
In the 140 character universe these entries are too long. Often my subjects are too complex. Does anyone need to spend four or five minutes learning what Geoff thought?
I’ve considered shutting this bad boy down. The only thing keeping me from doing that is here I’m master of my own domain–literally, not in the Seinfeld sense. I do own this domain! And of course I hold onto the archives.
Posts on social media are transitory–here today, gone tomorrow. I like that incorrect guesses I made seven years ago are still here.
So the blog stays… at least for now. I continue to consider my options.
Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter have their advantages, but are they really better?