The writer starts out the post thusly:
Earlier today I told everybody on Twitter and Facebook, that Iím leaving Twitter and Facebook.
Because Facebook and Twitter are too easy. Keeping up a decent blog that people actually want to take the time to read, thatís much harder. And itís the hard stuff that pays off in the end.
Besides, even if theyíre very good at hiding the fact, over on Twitter and Facebook, itís not your content, itís their content.
The content on your blog, however, belongs to you, and you alone. People come to your online home, to hear what you have to say, not to hear what everybody else has to say. This sense of personal sovereignty is important.
Now, I do post to both Twitter and Facebook. I don't really care what they do with my posts because, frankly, I don't post anything substantial to either service. I keep the bulk of my content on my own Websites (with a very small number of exceptions).
I have integrated both Facebook and Twitter into some of my sites to increase my visibility to people who follow me in various places. Hopefully, they know how to find me.
But I have noticed -- as have many other people -- a relative decline in old school blogging. It's becoming more and more challenging to find interesting blogs to read that are kept up-to-date. Aggressive marketers and marketing gurus are the people most likely to be blogging every day -- and journalists.
The rest of us seem to find other things to do with our lives.
So is the problem really that people have moved on to social media (blogs are, in fact, defined as social by many metrics companies) or is the problem that people have simply gotten tired of blogging? It becomes a chore when you commit to do it every day. I know. I did it every day for a long time. There came a point when I just couldn't do it any more.
So is it as simple as turning one's back on Twitter and Facebook?
I'm so frustrated with the limitations of Google+ that I hardly look at it any more; and yet, many of the people I used to see information from on Twitter appear to have set their Twitter accounts on autopilot while they chat about kids and vacations on Google+.
Frankly, the lack of conversations that interest me are the real downfall of Google+. I could chomp through any technical limitations if I were really interested in what people are sharing over there.
So if they're not using Google+ to "blog" and they're not using Twitter and Facebook to "blog" and they're not using their own blogs to "blog", is the problem really that social media has siphoned off the bloggers or is it that the bloggers have just gotten tired of "blogging"?