I’ve had a lot of conversations with a lot of people over the last year about blogging and about Web 2.0. I’m hardly an early adopter – I’ve been involved with blogs, mostly on a personal level, for about two years, but I’m hooked now. I love reading blogs, and I love the medium. Why? Because it’s easy to follow, easy to keep track of, and easy to discover new and interesting things. (Of course, it’s also a huge distraction, and can take me places I shouldn’t be going when I’ve got other stuff to do.)
But I certainly don’t think blogging is a solution to all our problems. And I don’t think it’s the greatest medium there is – just one of many. I also love to read about what my friends are up to on Facebook. I love that I can find out just about anything by Googling it. I also love books, and long-form journalism (my favourite magazines are The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Walrus and The New Yorker). And I love spending time with the newspaper on the weekends.
I guess what I’m saying is that I don’t really believe that blogs are going to replace anything. I won’t pretend that print is going to have a smooth ride, but I do believe that there will always be people who want to read paper versions of books, magazines and newspapers. These media just won’t take up the same amount of space in our lives as they used to.