I have my blog, where I post my thoughts, opinions, rants … whatever. Then I have my Twitter account, where I chat with some really cool people. I’ve set up my blog to automatically tweet new posts, hoping to bring in traffic and comments. I use Networked Blogs to update my blog’s Facebook “fan” page (I prefer friends to fans. Fans sounds so snotty.)
95% of the comments I get on blog posts either occur on Twitter or on Facebook, which means my posts lie there, barren and empty looking, like no one has read them. And, it means that people who follow me on Facebook don’t see the comments on Twitter, and vice versa.
There are a whole bunch of other social media services: Amplify, Tumblr, Digg, Friendfeed, etc.
What I’m noticing: people write something on their blogs, tweet the link, then talk about it on Amplify. They could be talking about it other places, too, as most of these services connect to the others. Each one is hoping you use it as your primary social network, conglomerating your activity in once place.
Of course, that doesn’t work. If you have a Twitter account, you have to have an Amplify account to find out what everyone is saying about your tweets; it’s kind of a meta-Twitter. Then, if you have an Amplify account, you can reference your Posterize account, and your Tumblr account. You might not have one, but your friends do, so you have to sign up there to follow mostly the same people talking about the same things in different places.
When does this stop?
As someone with a new blog, I find this frustrating. There’s no compelling reason to comment on a post I’ve made, because part of the reason for commenting is so people can read your comments and click through to your blog. Also, on well established sites, people comment because they want to be part of the conversation.
There’s actual a fair deal of conversation surrounding some of my posts. Problem is, hardly any of it takes place here, so no one knows. Why bother to comment when it looks like no one is going to read it?
Outside from my selfishly motivated whine, my question is this: how much is too much? Everyone runs to RedState or Liberty Pundits to put in their two cents, and rightly so. Excellent blogs runs by excellent people. But how does one get established when everything is getting more and more decentralized?
Are blogs just completely over? If you’re not established by now, you never will be? Or is there still room for newcomers in a (by technological standards) old format?
And how does spreading oneself over 3, 5, 10 social networks affect this? Good or bad?
Thoughts, opinions and comments greatly appreciated.