No amount of Facebook (now the #1 social platform on earth), no amount of Twitter (my first social media passion), no amount of LinkedIn (despite its professed business world domination) will ever replace the humble blog. I look at the amount of time I devote to social media–Facebook and all the rest–and there is still nothing more central to the social media universe than blogging.
I love passing time with my online friends. Some of these friends are flesh-and-blood companions from my younger years. Most are acquaintances from the past that I’ve been drawn closer to because of social media–again–mostly Facebook. Any other serious online activity–reading news and the sort of article I might have once read in magazines, doing research or merely “surfing”–I do mostly on (in?) blogs. I have one or two favorite blogs where I get the latest in the field of healthcare, a couple more where I follow the real estate and financial markets and some that I gravitate to purely for entertainment. Occasionally, I’ll respond to a post by leaving a few words in the comment section. But mostly I just read!
All the blogs I’ve chosen, the ones I read regularly, provide value that I just don’t get from Facebook! Not that Facebook hasn’t got value. I’ve vowed on more than one occasion to quit “FB”, yet for me it’s still one more way of “keeping in touch”.
Do you still have a favorite blog or two?