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You’ve Come a Long Way, Blogger.

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 by billsimmon in blogging, social media, whining about being busy | 0 Comments

Long time readers of this blog may have noticed a certain… lag in the posting frequency around here. I could trot out the usual excuses of my relative hectic schedule and demanding lifestyle, but the truth is, my Internet habits have changed in the last couple of years.

Some time ago I switched my work schedule and began working primarily day shifts at my job, and the blog took an immediate hit because I was just busier than I had been working nights, and my Internet surfing and posting schedule couldn’t be maintained. A big part of producing content at Candleblog relied on my ability to spend a fair chunk of time surfing around and finding things to link to and write about. That time is just harder for me to come by these days.

Also, social media and micro blogging via Twitter and Facebook has replaced much of the online interactivity that the blog used to provide me. And it’s not just me that’s been affected by this shift — my readers are mostly engaged in these social media outlets too, so Candleblog largely stopped serving the purpose it once had as a link filter — those links being disseminated faster and more efficiently via these other means.

I’m not going to stop blogging. Candleblog still serves one important function for me — it’s a place where I can post longer pieces that wouldn’t be as appropriate on Facebook or Twitter — it’s a place I can write. However, if I can barely find time to surf the ‘net, you can bet my writing time is fairly precious too. So don’t expect a high volume of output from me from here on out at this address. Subscribe to the RSS feed or my Friendfeed to stay up to date, and of course my blog posts get auto-updated on FB and Twitter.

Now please join me as I enter this new, more mature phase of Internet content-creation: the I-used-to-be-a-blogger-when-blogging-MEANT-something phase. Also, get off my lawn.

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