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Blogging's Midlife Crisis

 
 
 
 
 
 

"Blogging is having a midlife crisis." That's how I began my newspaper column about the state of blogging, which is healthy if non-idyllic.

The promised revolution actually happened. Blogs, along with related technologies like social networking and the Twitter messaging service, have transformed the way we get and share information, opening up unprecedented opportunities for self-expression and human interaction.
But as blogs have gone mainstream, there remains a sense of promises unkept...What happened, as it must with every utopia, is that people showed up and continued to act like people.
I quote a bit from Scott Rosenberg's new book on the history of blogging, Say Everything, which I commend to you as a useful and entertaining read.

Here's our interview with Rosenberg, which dealt with his previous book, about the difficulties of big software projects.