Why blog?

by Christopher Paul on April 3, 2007

Why is it so important to blog?  What’s the point?  Do authors really think they have something interesting to say?  Are people that interested anyway?

Why are there so many blogs?  Are there that many potential writers out there that have day jobs and freelance at night?

And do we need to consume it all?  Isn’t this another case of information overload? Isn’t the 24 hour news channels and websites enough?  Toss in the movies, TV, and video games and you’ve just filled 22 hours.  Forget reading books or newspapers; now you are pushing it to 23 hours.  If you have a conversation, you’ve just filled your 24 hours in a day.  Can anyone consume that much information in a day?

When will the world saturate? We have 6 billion people on this planet and only a small amount are connected to the cyberworld of blogs, instant messages, and the rest of the Web 2.0 social networking; some 24% of the U.S.’s 275 million people.  When will there be so many blogs out there that people can’t read them all?  When the world is saturated, how many blogs will there be, 12 billion?

Are blogs like magazines?  Are they destined to become a lost consumable that, when some other technology comes out, be relegated to the back shelf?  Newspapers are struggling, CD sales are dropping, movies receipts are tanking, and TV ratings are bombing.  When the “next big thing” happens, who will go the way of the horse & buggy?

Why am I even writing this?  Is anyone reading it anyway?

JS April 4, 2007 at 10:55 AM

I’m reading it.

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