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Ideas of March

Note: This article was originally published at Planet PHP on 15 March 2011.
Planet PHP

We need a blog revival.

For the past few years, I've been a pretty active Twitter user. As a result, I feel very tuned into what's happening in the web design and development community. It's pretty cool. Recent events such as Twitter taking the @girlgeeks account and restricting how developers are allowed to use their API dampen the positive vibes, but that's not why I'm blogging today.

Most conversation has moved from blogs to Twitter, and although Twitter is more active than blogs ever were, there are fewer quality conversations and debates taking place as a result of this transition. I'm hoping you'll join me in a blog revival. It's pretty simple:

  • Write a post called Ideas of March.
  • List some of the reasons you like blogs.
  • Pledge to blog more the rest of the month.
  • Share your thoughts on Twitter with the #ideasofmarch hashtag.

If we all blog a little more than we normally would this month, maybe we can be reminded of all of the reasons blogs are great. Here are a few reasons why I like blogs:

  • Posts can be as short or are long as you want.
  • You don't have to use broken language to fit a complete thought.
  • Posts aren't immediately lost in a sea of updates.
  • Posts can be easily found later.
  • You don't have to know what's trending among the riff-raff of the Internet.
  • Posts tend to be more meaningful.
  • All conversation related to a post is easy to find.

There are some benefits to Twitter as well, but I don't think more blogging is going to hurt Twitter in any way. In fact, I think Twitter could benefit from more quality content being generated elsewhere, since it's a natural way to share that content.

I still actively curate a list of blogs I find interesting, and I enjoy reading it daily. I would love to read more posts from the blogs I follow and add more blogs to my reading list.

I pledge to blog more in 2011 than I did in 2010.