Alec Couros recently lamented the loss of the social web, pointing to the loss of Google Reader as the day things started to slide downhill. It prompted an interesting discussion, well worth a read. But it also brought back to the forefront this question of whether blogs are even relevant anymore.
Back in the day, your aggregator was your daily reading list. It was a big deal to be added in to somebody’s blogroll. It wasn’t unusual to spend an hour or two just perusing people’s blog posts.
Nowadays, it seems to me like most people find their ‘articles’ via social media. If you put up a new blog post and DON’T share it out through Twitter, Facebook or email, you can pretty much guarantee it’s going to fly under the radar. And even then, it seems like people have less patience than they used to for reading posts of any significant length (ref TL;DR).
Medium is in many ways the antithesis of the shift to brevity, but even then they kick their articles off with an estimate of how long it will take you to read it. So before reading Audrey Watters‘ article on Virtual Reality in Education, you can decide whether you have 9 minutes to devote to the topic. It’s a strange dynamic to say the least.
All that said, assuming your attention span hasn’t waned enough to surf away from this post already, do you even read blog posts anymore? And if you do, what’s your process for finding the ones worth your time? Do you subscribe? Do you want for people to share them via social media? Do you get curated lists via email newsletters? What’s your typical process for finding the stuff worth reading?