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[T]he function of the blog, the nebulous informational task we all agreed the blog was fulfilling for the past decade, is increasingly being handled by a growing number of disparate media forms that are blog-like but also decidedly not blogs.
Instead of blogging, people are posting to Tumblr, tweeting, pinning things to their board, posting to Reddit, Snapchatting, updating Facebook statuses, Instagramming, and publishing on Medium. In 1997, wired teens created online diaries, and in 2004 the blog was king. Today, teens are about as likely to start a blog (over Instagramming or Snapchatting) as they are to buy a music CD. Blogs are for 40-somethings with kids.
Instead of launching blogs, companies are building mobile apps, Newsstand magazines on iOS, and things like The Verge. The Verge or Gawker or Talking Points Memo or BuzzFeed or The Huffington Post are no more blogs than The New York Times or Fox News, and they are increasingly not referring to themselves as such.
The primary mode for the distribution of links has moved from the loosely connected network of blogs to tightly integrated services like Facebook and Twitter. If you look at the incoming referers to a site like BuzzFeed, you’ll see tons of traffic from Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Stumbleupon, and Pinterest but not a whole lot from blogs, even in the aggregate. For the past month at kottke.org, 14 percent of the traffic came from referrals compared to 30 percent from social, and I don’t even work that hard on optimizing for social media. Sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy aren’t seeking traffic from blogs anymore. Even the publicists clogging my inbox with promotional material urge me to “share this on my social media channels” rather than post it to my blog.
The design metaphor at the heart of the blog format is on the wane as well. In a piece at The Atlantic, Alexis Madrigal says that the reverse-chronological stream (a.k.a. The Stream, a.k.a. The River of News) is on its way out. Snapchat, with its ephemeral media, is an obvious non-stream app; Madrigal calls it “a passing fog.” Facebook’s News Feed is increasingly organized by importance, not chronology. Pinterest, Digg, and an increasing number of other sites use grid layouts to present information. Twitter is coming to resemble radio news as media outlets repost the same stories throughout the day, ICYMI (in case you missed it). Reddit orders stories by score. The design of BuzzFeed’s front page barely matters because most of their traffic comes in from elsewhere.
- BlogTO asks what Kensington Market’s future is. The consensus in the comments seems to be that it really needs to shake up and clean up.
- Eastern Approaches notes the cleanish elections in Albania, a country seeking eventual European Union membership.
- Guest blogger at Lawyers, Guns and Money Colin Snider observes that one interesting thing about the recent mass protests in Brazil is the way that they have mobilized society generally.
- Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen notes that the growth in divorce rates in China is more rapid than the growth in marriage rates.
- At Maximos Web, the author considers how Bali has been transformed by progress and development.
- New APPS Blog’s Mohan Matthen considers the philosophy and the history of the restaurant.
- Registan considers the roles of first Russia then a more pragmatic China in helping the United States deal with Afghanistan.
- Zero Geography’s Mark Graham points and links to a new paper of his mapping the appearances of geotagged zombie outbreaks as a marker of social change.
Written by Randy McDonald
June 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm
Tagged with afghanistan, albania, albanians, bali, brazil, china, clash of ideologies, democracy, feminism, gender, geopolitics, indonesia, internet, kensington market, maps, marriage rights, neighbourhoods, philosophy, popular culture, restaurants, russia, toronto, united states, Urban Note, zombies