Blogging, originally “web logging,” is a phenomenon that has been around since the 1990’s. It started out as a fairly private endeavor, with not too many who read others’ blogs.
As I am typing, new blog posts are being added by the nanosecond. At 2:55 p.m. on Thursday, September 19th, 2013 there are already upwards of 2,000,000 posts published on the Internet. Over 373 million people view WordPress blogs every month. And that doesn’t account for Blogspot, Tumblr, Blogger, and countless other blogging sites.
It’s safe to say that blogging is kind of a BIG DEAL .
Now on to microblogging.
Microblogging is basically blogging, but with shorter posts. began in 2006 when Facebook introduced status updates. Shortly after, Twitter was launched as the first major microblogging site. The timeline below from Technology Review provides a nice rundown of when and where microblogging blossomed.
My question after learning the differences between blogging and microblogging: Has microblogging replaced blogging?
My answer after some reading and research: No way, Jose!
In fact, in many ways microblogging has increased the popularity of blogging.
- Microblogging sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have weeded out posts that made some blogs seem insignificant, such as a funny quote a friend just said or how boring someone’s science class is. Thus, blogging has taken on a deeper, more thoughtful role in cyberspace.
- Microblogging is more immediate and frequent. Blogging is more spread out and thought out.
- Microblogging is a great platform for bloggers to advertise their posts. Bloggers can post Facebook statuses and tweets to promote their blogs and stories. A perfect example of transmedia storytelling if you ask me.
So, the moral of the story is, you can be a blogger and a microblogger. I actually recommend it.
Unlike cake, you can have your blog and tweet it too.