Archive for May, 2010

Twitter feels like conversation, designed to fade away. Blogging feels like notes, writing as thinking.

May 6, 2010

It was very silent here for months… and maybe this not the first blog in this galaxy that sleeps for a while. The usual causes… too many other projects and of course… Twitter.
The fact that you have sent a Tweet gives you a kind of feeling that a thought, an opinion, whatever… is already shared… it´s done… it´s no longer an issue… and you won´t write a post…

But who cares, nobody gives a damn about a blog like this anyway, right?
So I was thinking … “why the hell did I start this thing”… and came back to the blog of Russell Davies. Actually the first blog I read regularly decades ago and I still do. He is a brilliant guy and he was in fact the cause why I started to blog. Back then I thought blogging was quite “uncool”. I didn´t quite get it, why some regular guys who aren´t superstars or journalists should invest time in this… I couldn´t find the value… but reading Russells posts and seeing his process of doing it… made sense for me (by the way Russell is both, a brand planning superstar and a journalist)… so I gave it a try.

I remembered that Russell himself was thinking about the value of blogging in some posts not long ago… and he nailed it. Here some quotes:

“At one point Mr Rosenberg quotes Cory Doctorow’s My Blog, My Outboard Brain at length and it really reminded me that this thing still has huge value for me, but it’s value that needs to be fed.
It’s such a part of what I do that sometimes I forget that I actually have to write it. (…)
And I notice that other people are discovering/rediscovering/reinventing the value of their blogs. Like Mr Winer and Mr Kane. There’s something powerful about the slow accretion of thinking, writing and conversation on a blog, something that’s different and distinct from ‘social networking’. I’m going to try and do more. Get the habit back.” (post)

“(…) one of the things I’m realising about the power of blogging, it’s not just the immediate hit of communication, it’s the slow accumulation of ideas and expression. The archives, the permanent links, the searchability. That’s why there’s value in ploughing on. Not just for now, but for later.
I know that’s probably obvious. But anyway.” (post)

“Twitter feels like conversation, ephemeral, written on water, designed to fade away. Blogging feels like notes, writing as thinking and rehearsing, to be kept and remembered, written on paper. And actually writing on paper, that’s still the best.” (post)

So, again… cause of Russell… I will start blogging… again.
“I think it’s good for me. It may not be good for you, it may bore you senseless, but hey, it’s not for you, it’s for me.” (post)