Evolution of Blogging
I enjoy reading thought provoking posts. More so considering those are few and far between on the internet.
Much of popular content on the web is around tutorials and ‘how- to’ type content. However, they are transient and have little commentary on deep think. And this is one reason I shy away from creating content around tutorials or platforms in particular.
And if one of the posts is from an influential bloggerati, it does elicit a lot of interest from users. As is the case with this post from Om Malik of GigaOm
Om Malik muses that blogging as a system needs to evolve and probably needs to become more “free flowing, fluid real time lifestreaming” system. Taking a cue from Facebook, Twitter et al.
He, along with others, senses the rising power of “push button distribution” of content by the likes of Single point Push button content distributors (like ping.fm, tumblr, laconi.ca and posterous etc)- and prognosticates that blogging CMS platforms like WordPress will sooner or later take the bite and join the lifestreaming revolution. Blogging will then “evolve” from the state it has been since long.
I just commented on the blog and am posting my response here for the readers of Chasing The Storm: (please read the original article at source for better understanding of my comment)
On blogging “evolving” into LifeStreaming:
I’ve long discounted the mundane prophecies that microblogs or social network updates are going to replace blogs.
As of now, the existing lifestreaming/microblogging services are more LinkCasting than anything. It is difficult to have a long or meaningful exchange of dialogue on those things in its present state.
For that particular objective, my vote- out of all these platforms and aggregators- goes to the humble blog. The moot fact is- blogs not only provide context but allow for critique and references. Many of them not necessarily “newsy” or with time specific relevance.
Blogs ceased to be hierarchical content management platforms a long long time ago.
To me blogs have morphed into “Social Influence Aggregators”. And not without the help of
third party add ons. A person’s social influence is distributed across many platforms today (sort of what you say atomization of content, but here I am talking about aggregated Social Influence) and the blog acts as the best single aggregation platform.
As a matter of fact, blogs are content platforms and Social Influence aggregation platforms weaved in one.
It is just the latter part that requires free flowing, fluid real time lifestreaming. The content part that critiques, analyses and thought essays are timeless though.