MEMO to NY TIMES – BLOGS ARE NOT DEAD

Posted on February 21, 2011


Here’s the attention-grabbing New York Times headline Matt Drudge was heralding with a “developing” tag in the early morning hours :

Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter

We here at WordPress didn’t have to read the article to know that blogs here are not part of a drift or decline.  The “young” are indeed taking off for the shorter forms of expression.  So many of them can’t be bothered to write never mind enjoy it.

This blog is typical of the trend the NY Times reports vis a vis the young people of this country – its readership is strong in the 35 and above group – strongest with even older Americans and a blog read by more men that women.

So many of my internet friends are now retired and writing is their great source of enjoyment and pride.  It is also a way to competently present ideas and to nudge us forward into the kind of change Obama can only dream about.

While Twitter and Facebook are used by bloggers to promote their blogs, SamHenry is too busy to do much of it.  Sam also doesn’t like to be tracked by Facebook anymore than necessary and worries that it will gobble up Twitter.  Basically, Sam does not promote the blog; Sam just writes and  goes to work so that she can afford to continue to write.

One hopes the young people off to Twitter and Facebook and other sources of information and contact will one day enjoy writing as my friends and I.  It is a gift to love it so.

Read the entire article here.

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