The New York Times recently ran a piece about a so-called movement called "slow blogging." In it, they talk about a growing number of people who are rejecting the "fast food restaurant"-style blogging that a lot of large blogs do in favor of a snail's pace approach. This makes me laugh.
First of all, obviously not everyone writes at the same speed, with the same frequency or about the same topics. To insinuate that there are only two types of blogging: Breakneck fast and turtle slow is ridiculous.
Second, "slow blogging" is hardly a new movement. Since it's inception, some people who write personal blogs have spent a lot of time writing long, thought-out posts that they clearly care about. That never stopped. Just because bigger blogs that NYT mentions like Gawker, Huffington Post and TechCrunch are more visible these days (because most are just as good or better than many mainstream media publication IMHO) doesn't mean they are indicative of all blogging.
If you want to do blogging as a profession, is there pressure to post more and more? Sure. I certainly felt this last year when I started writing on this blog a lot. But now that I have been professional blogging for about a year with VentureBeat, I feel like I have a pretty firm handle on things.
Somedays I post as many as 10 entries, other days as few as 2 or 3 -- it varies greatly. Some stories deserve a long discussion, the hunting down of sources for comments, and research. Others are simply something short and noteworthy to put up in order to bring to readers' attention.
Are services like Twitter, Facebook and FriendFeed killing blogging? For some people I think they certainly have replaced the desire to blog, but I would argue that people who really like to write -- as in, complete sentences that make up coherent thoughts -- still blog and will always blog (or whatever we call it in the future).
I use the quick posting services to compliment my blogging, or to spread the word on what I'm blogging about. They are also a consistently great source of content that helps my blogging. I have nothing against people who solely "micro-blog" on Twitter and the like, in fact, I think that's good. Not everyone in the world is meant to have a blog. Some people are too private. Some people are too busy. Some people flat out just can't write.
[story via Mathew Ingram on FriendFeed picture via flickr/hamed saber]