Saturday, April 25, 2009

Twitter killed the personal blog — Sean Dwyer

APRIL 24 — I’m just here to confirm what most of you have probably already realised: Twitter killed my personal blog. Hey, it was bound to happen eventually… this site was seriously lacking a direction in the first place. I just wanted somewhere to share some quick thoughts and random links, and now Twitter has filled that void, for better or worse. Most of my posts here had already been whittled down to single sentences anyway.

It seems like a lot of other people are experiencing the same problem. It’s pretty hard to resist sending out a quick 140-character message instead of putting in the extra time to write up a full post about something. For all I know, Twitter may kill blogging entirely (followed by every other form of intelligent communication on the planet Earth). It’s just so quick and easy, and allows for more immediate feedback. Besides, would it really be such a bad thing if there were a few million less blogs out there?

So for now this site will probably just remain a shell for my Twitter account and a central hub for any other projects I’ve got going on. I may throw up the occasional longer post, but I don’t think the “Media Bytes” sub-heading will really apply anymore. I’d like to redesign it all if I can get up the motivation, but until then, what you see is what you get.

I should mention that I’m currently trying to revive my dying music blog by shifting towards music videos instead of MP3s. I’m not sure if it will stick, but my main concern right now is keeping it easy to update. I’ve also had ideas for a couple of other blogs on the back burner for a while now, but I think the only way they’ll ever see the light of day is if Film Junk outlives its usefulness (which is something I’m starting to feel almost every other day).

In conclusion, if you want to be where the action is, make sure you follow @filmjunk on Twitter, subscribe to the RSS feed, or simply bookmark my Twitter page.

Sean Dwyer is a compulsive blogger and self-proclaimed media critic who works as a video game programmer in his hometown of St Catharines, Ontario, Canada. He is also the editor of

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