I have, however, noticed that Twitter has caused several intelligent bloggers to re-examine their function. In recent days at least two have decided that Twitter has taken over much of the work blogging once did: spreading bite-size chunks of information quickly.
Except that's not what I do with my blog, and the blogs I most enjoy don't do it either. Rather, we entertain or inform readers, or we explore topics large or small, and we generally do it by coming up with an idea, developing it at greater or lesser length, and reaching a conclusion. We write, in other words, and if doing it on a blog allows easier communication between writer and reader, that's all to the good. But it's still writing.
These two bloggers, chastened into introspection by Twitter's success, are coming around to that way of thinking. They appear to have decided to leave Twittering to the Twitterers and to concentrate in their own blogs on "long-form" writing. Writing, in other words.
It's good to have them back.
© Peter Rozovsky 2008