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If you’re reading this, I’ll bet you didn’t even know that. But, according to this February 1st article, http://www.observer.com/2011/tech/end-blogging it is now The End of Blogging. Or so says Nick Denton. He mentions the blog format, “reverse-chronological aggregation accompanied by commentary”, is “not long for this world”.
The writer is quite fond of the word “aggregation”, I noticed. His article achieved a forward aggregation, that is, he aggregated the word six times. I say a forward aggregation only because my search was set on “down”. I could achieve reverse by searching “up”, I’ll bet.
From now on, let’s not reverse our chronological aggregations, let’s move ‘em on down the line--forward-wise. Deal?
“In fact, the decline of the blog has come so quickly, one has to wonder whether we ever really liked the medium at all.” Well, I don’t know if “liked” is the right word. Don’t we all feel it’s something we must do? I enjoy it, but evidently I shouldn’t.
The whole article is, I kid you not, hilarious. Little gem’s like this quote from Choire Sicha from something called The Awl. “First it was embarrassing because bloggers were these dirty, horrible people, and then it was embarrassing because our grandmas have blogs, God bless them." Well gee, this really hit home. I’m the worst of the worst. I’m a blogger (a multiple-blogger yet) AND a grandma. I’ve never really thought of myself as dirty and horrible, but I’m obviously missing something.
Denton’s opinion is that “social media killed the ironic blog headline.” Now that I know ironic headlines are dead, I can stop worrying about creating those. Whew!