Comments on: An anniversary, a reflection Ethan Zuckerman’s online home, since 2003 Thu, 31 May 2018 07:56:57 +0000 hourly 1 By: Alexei Thu, 14 Nov 2013 19:16:23 +0000 Beautiful graph and a thoughtful post, as usual. Just one thing. The social networks are clearly somewhat responsible for the relative decline of blogging, as you hint. But too many people are just referring to that fact blandly, as though it must simply be accepted. Actually, it is a major problem. There is no equivalence between blogging and “Twitter ‘n Facebook”. One is an open and democratic extension of the web, the other is proprietary technology controlled by data-hoovering corporations. When bloggers and post-bloggers talk about these technological changes, it would be nice if they remembered this fact, and perhaps threw a word out to the people trying to do something about it. Dave Winer, for example.

By: Andrew W Thu, 14 Nov 2013 13:41:04 +0000 Congrats (to your both)!

I’m glad you labeled “Twitter”, Ethan, because it’s both an event in time and, at that moment, a new medium to figure out the benefits/limits of.

For me, I can pinpoint each of the major changes in my writing to the “best available medium” rather than life events. Whether hand-written letters in high school and college, typed-up fiction in grad school, blogging in early professional life, and then Twitter and Facebook, the motivation had always been “How do I communicate my thoughts to others both well and where there are others? Letter-writing (and email) was no doubt where I communicated best but reached the fewest people; posts to Facebook are often the worst but reach hundreds, including the occasional “acknowledgment of a well-communicated thought” through likes and comments.

So it’s always great to read your blog, knowing that the writing is thoughtful — in both senses, that it’s on topics of significance to others and that you’ve taken the time to think things through — and that one can see other readers engaging with it, that it’s not a diary left open in the back of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” warehouse.

By: Rachel Barenblat Thu, 14 Nov 2013 12:42:58 +0000 Happy belated blogiversary, sweetheart. I thought I remembered that you’d started off at!

It’s kind of amazing to see what you were writing about when you started — and the throughlines between then and now.

The graph is totally fascinating. What cool data to have. :-)

I hope there’s more space for blogging in your future, too.