I've been an active blogger in the past, and experienced ebb and flow in the amount that I blog, up until a year ago when i stopped completely. There was no intentional pause, in the same way that I've never blogged intentionally. I blog when I have something on my mind. Prior to my year-long hiatus, this blog had built up a regular following. I assume that's because I wrote about things that interested me, and my fellow nerds found that my random interests compatible.
It took me a long time to remember I even had a blog. The last two months, I've been peppered with questions from people I know and emails from people I don't about why I'm not blogging any more. I didn't have an answer.
I'm very busy personally and professionally, but that was true a year ago. The demands of parenting aren't killing my desire to write. I'm reading more than I did a year ago, thanks to the Kindle. Then I realized what changed.
I got into Twitter in a big way. I was already a pretty serious Facebook user, and the addition of Twitter acted as a sort of creative heat sink. Any time a thought of interest comes to me, I throw it out to the world in an embryonic 149 characters--then move on. Facebook and Twitter are more than adequate for sharing links I find interesting, so that killed the rest of my blog content.
I still read blogs more than I read Facebook and Twitter. Unlike so many of my ilk (nerds in marketing) I use Facebook and Twitter as very personal communication mediums. I personally know every one on my Facebook friends list, and the people I follow on Twitter are friends as well (aside from a dozen or so people who interest me that I don't know).
That's shifted my online life in a subtle way. I still draw from the well of thinking by reading people's blogs, but I then share back only with my tribe. I'm not sharing things with the larger web via my blog (and by extension, Google). Some of my older posts still get a lot of traffic because they are tech issues that people are looking for answers on.
How common is this socialification of minor-league bloggers? How do you maintain the mental discipline to talk to your tribe and give back to the world at large.
It's tough stuff.