Blogs appeared shortly after the dawn of the Internet. They quickly split into two types: personal or institutional journals, which were a great match for the inverse chronological ordering of blogs, and thought pieces.
Social media has caused a lot of change. A lot of personal blogs found a better home in Twitter or Facebook. Thought pieces often abandoned blogs for stand alone formats, publicized via social media and blogs.
Nevertheless, blogs continued to grow rapidly. So where is it all heading?
Volume is growing exponentially, meaning that it gets ever more difficult to stay current with reading & commenting. Obsolescence threatens writing – who wants to repeat a thought that was launched 5 minutes ago? In short, we are dealing with information overload.
I have no answers, but I am looking for ways to accelerate reading, writing, and commenting. Stay tuned!