The Realtime Gratification Gap

I wrote my last post about a personal content strategy months ago. I don’t even know how many times I’ve tweeted over that time. Gizmodo asked its readers if they still maintain personal blogs, acknowledging all the ways other services have filled the space blogs once monopolized. It’s a question that fills me with dread.

I mourn the loss of a vibrant personal blogging community, but then again, everyone I used to follow got jobs blogging. And while I find realtime communication fun, there’s a gratification gap between tweeting and longform personal writing for me. I find writing to be a cathartic experience and I used to draw inspiration from my favorite bloggers that drove me to write in a way that was different than reading the newspaper or a magazine. I bet I’m not alone in that, but most of my peers quit their personal blogs, too.

When I say gratification gap, I’m talking about how blog comments showed more appreciation for the work than a fave or retweet. Granted, reach has exploded with those realtime social experiences, but it’s also divorced the work from painstakingly building an audience that looks forward to a piece of writing. I used to be so encouraged by those experiences. In fact, I still find myself thanking friends who take the time to write. I miss rooting for my writing friends as much as I miss them rooting for me.

Do you still write your personal blog? Where do you draw inspiration? If not, do you miss blogging, or is this just nostalgia for, um, 2003?


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