I find that blogs inspire me to question, think, and learn more than Twitter does. I know that I learn the MOST when bloggers are willing to prompt difficult conversations and explore topics/perspectives that make others uncomfortable. When these sorts of debates begin to take place on Twitter, I find that sometimes, they run a greater risk of becoming tight battles that leave participants and lurkers emotionally charged but no better informed, simply because there is little room to provide explanation. The most skillful bloggers that I read often shape posts around these conversations and invite Twitter followers to participate in richer conversations on their blogs. I find that this is where debate tends to bear fruit that everyone can learn from.
Blogging can be more time-consuming, and I know that Twitter is appealing for this reason, but you have me wondering if meaningful blogging requires a greater level of courage and/or expertise as well.
I spent last year investigating Twitter and establishing a network there, and I also posted on my own blog regularly. I didn’t comment much in other places though, and I have a hunch that shifting my practice in this way will be more rewarding for me. That’s what this year is about for me. I’m looking forward to reading about what you discover along the way here…particularly because you’ve always been one of those courageous and skillful bloggers I’m referring to. : )
.-= Angela Stockman´s last blog ..My Kid Beat Up Your Honor Student =-.