Decrease in blogging year over year – is it a problem?

I’ve know it for quite a while. I’ve learned to live with it. The amount of blogging The Bubble has been decreasing the last few years … mine included. Spending 5 minutes on it I decided to graph my own decreasing activity by year – it’s very obvious then. From an all time high of 343 posts in 2006 (top month ever been June of 2006 with 47 monthly posts!!) to just 58 so far in 2012. For the entire year – a year where I’ve probably been more busy than ever. Quite a fall.

I do realize that we now have new ways of capturing and sharing knowledge and collaboration is now done just as much using Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Stack Overflow but there is something about blogging. The longer form posts lend themselves much better to explaining topics in a thorough and thought through manner. In other words – the Library of the Republic (lending a reference from Mat) needs to be maintained and kept up to date. Back then we had things like Show’n’Tell Thursdays (remember those) and we all blogged nifty LotusScript classes we wrote. We blogged about console commands and compiles. Redims and updalls. What’s happened to all that. In a quiet moment like this I actually miss it. Is it because we all have been with the technology for so long that it no longer necessary? Is it that the breath of the IBM collaboration portfolio has become so wide that it’s by definition impossible to keep up? How about the elevator – how do people new to the technology ascend?

Or am I just becoming an old fart (I’m 36) and just need to shut up and get on with it?

4 thoughts on “Decrease in blogging year over year – is it a problem?”

  1. i have same, try to build same chart for: T<span style="font-family: ‘Trebuchet MS’, ‘Lucida Grande’, Tahoma, Verdana, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 19px;">witter, Facebook, Skype and Stack Overflow, I guess there huge increasing for u ;)</span>


  2.  I think there are still a lot of new areas unexplored, or explored but the elevator has not been sent down. REST services with XPages, DOJO controls, more Java examples with XPages.

    As you get older and more social (in family ties) your time on blogging decreases I admit. But you get other things in return.

    I also have to admit I have a long list of blog posts which I still have to read so you not easily get bored =)


  3.  I think its natural.  A combination of different styles in online content (twitter, FB etc) and changing circumstances of many of the prolific bloggers.  On the downside, a stream, beit twitter or facebook is useless for content searching.  

    I have seen my blogging drop heavily this year too.


  4. Could be that the coolness factor of everything not XPages got very low. When you blog you want to be seen and respected. Possibly some feel "embarrased" by publishing about de-XPaged tricks.

    I know there are still a lot of cool things to be done without need to use XPages. And I still believe that the Yellow book R5 Best Practices for developing is a great read to get the solid ground to build on.  Cannot find it when I google but I think I still got the pdf.


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