Twitter Killed the Blogger
Once upon a time, in a land far far away, lived a blogger. Lets call him Arnab. Actually scratch that – cant mess around with such powerful names. Let’s just call him a simpler Ajit.
Ajit was cool. He was funny, witty, satirical, had strong opinions, wrote beautifully. People loved him. All 216 of the seven billion people in the world who read his blog.
The schedule was erratic, but he kept the blog going. In fits and starts. Sometimes daily posts, sometimes a month of inactivity, but everytime managing to come back on track and get the blog running through three eventful years. He changed jobs and cities, got married, had a baby, went through all crests and troughs of lives. But the blog kept going.
And then came Twitter. Micro blogging. 140 character posts.
Twitter was just what the doctor ordered. Where it would have taken an immense amount of thought and energy into coming up with a thousand word blog post, now all he needed was some word play to come up with funny one liners, and sit back and wait for people’s comments. Instant gratification.
Life was great.
To sweeten the deal, you could post tweets from anywhere, thanks to mobile connectivity. The gap between thought and post was eliminated. Ajit started getting absorbed into the magical world of tweets, followers, retweets and the like.
You find something interesting on the road -Twitpic it. Rakhi Sawant on TV? You sit through torture to come up with jokes. You come across a fun headline – twist it and make a joke. Cricket? Filmfare? Olympics? Live tweet the proceedings. A single line is all it takes. No need for an elaborate, planned out writeup.
A month passed. Two months passed. Thousands tweets. Zero blog posts.
It was fun, but not the same. There was instant gratification, but not the satisfaction of weaving together a meaningful blog post. Twitter was proving to be T20 to the One Day International.
Ajit was back.