I just had this exchange at Facebook...
John Ballard -- Every big website, from print and broadcast media to manufacturing and service outfits, seems to have what they call "blogs." The meaning and application of blogging, once the domain of amateurs and wannabes of various stripes, have been co-opted by professionals, many of which probably have editors or "policies" governing content. Blogs like that are to what blogging set out to be -- what frozen or freeze-dried foods are to the original products. I want to say with Groucho, I don't want to be a member of any club that would have me for a member.
I found over the last several months, as Newshoggers was obviously drying up (everybody but Ron and I drifted away, traffic was clearly in a funk and the place never really got any comments/feedback to speak of...) I have found myself at Facebook and Twitter, both of which are real-time places, often with others online and available all the time. I've "met" more people I will never actually see or even speak with on a telephone that I ever imagined.
Facebook and Twitter are the new blogging for me
Ruchira Paul -- I know. Bloggers were the town cryers and leafletters of the mid 2000s. It was free for all (in more senses than one). Blogging is just not that much fun any more. I use FB a lot (I haven't yet joined Twitter). But I don't feel like commenting as seriously and substantively here as I did and still do occasionally, as on blogs. Every forum has its own special character.