Friday, December 20, 2013

We Don't Follow Fashion, That'd be a Joke

Jason Kottke:

Sometime in the past few years, the blog died. In 2014, people will finally notice. Sure, blogs still exist, many of them are excellent, and they will go on existing and being excellent for many years to come. But the function of the blog, the nebulous informational task we all agreed the blog was fulfilling for the past decade, is increasingly being handled by a growing number of disparate media forms that are blog-like but also decidedly not blogs.

Instead of blogging, people are posting to Tumblr, tweeting, pinning things to their board, posting to Reddit, Snapchatting, updating Facebook statuses, Instagramming, and publishing on Medium. In 1997, wired teens created online diaries, and in 2004 the blog was king. Today, teens are about as likely to start a blog (over Instagramming or Snapchatting) as they are to buy a music CD. Blogs are for 40-somethings with kids.

In other words, blogs are no longer the most happening format where happening people go to be seen and gossip about their happening lives. So, yeah, same thing as death, I suppose, for the fashion catwalk that is the twitosphere. If you're not cool anymore, why would you even embarrass yourself by continuing to exist?