When blogging less becomes more

As many of you know I’m in the midst of writing my first book (zapped off three more chapters yesterday!) which is entitled “Six Easy Blogging Projects” and one of the last chapters in the book is creating a “Lifestreaming blog”. When I was putting the book’s outline together I had no idea that I was actually on to something that would become quite timely by the time the book hits the shelves.

My long-time blogging friend Steve Rubel has announced that he is giving up on blogging and moving towards lifestreaming–Micro Persuasion: So Long Blogging, Hello Lifestreaming!–which you can find on his Posterous-powered lifestream–The Steve Rubel Lifestream – Daily links, insights, photos, videos and more on emerging technology.–where Steve is dropping bits and pieces from the things he finds online.

Now equally good friends Louis Gray and Jeremiah Owyang feel that blogging isn’t dead and there is still a place for long-form writing–Blogging Is Still the Foundation In A World of Streams – louisgray.com & Is Blogging Evolving Into Life Streams? « Web Strategy by Jeremiah Owyang | Social Media, Web Marketing–and I happen to agree with Jeremiah and Louis, mostly.

I’ve been using Twitter to capture my musings more and more of late and blogging less and less. Okay, recently I’ve been blogging more but that’s beside the point. What I’ve found recently is that while Twitter, and I have yet to try Posterous but clearly I need to soon, is great for short bits, 140 characters is rather limiting.

So I see my blog as the place where I can detail my thoughts in a little more depth. Like Louis and Jeremiah, I also see my blog as the cornerstone or anchor to my online presence. Facebook, Twitter, FriendFeed are great, but none of them allow me the control over my online presence like my own blog does.

I think Louis’ graphic illustrates how blogs are the cornerstone, anchor, hub…whatever very well.

As I’ve been prepping for this book and the classes I’ve been teaching I’ve been experimenting with different workflows. Next on the list is Posterous. What of FriendFeed? Considering I haven’t wandered over there in a significant fashion in months, I’m not sure where to place it. FriendFeed became a serious chaff generator. Far more hay than needles.

Granted, I’m sure that I could find a better way to manage it, but that is something for another day.

Are there two camps forming? Is there a “I blog” vs “I lifestream” separation going on? I certainly hope not. We need both kinds of information flows to keep things going. Steve won’t have much to share with Google Reader if we don’t write posts. Scoble won’t have fodder to comment on in FriendFeed if we don’t help to generate it.

Yes, the quick update and summation of a link, thought, etc is great sometimes, but we still need posts of more depth to flesh out and expand on ideas.

Well at least I think so.

Are you blogging more? Are you lifestreaming? There are a slew of questions growing from this centering around how we consume news and information now, but let’s just leave it at this for now.



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