This Jesse Stay guest post on Louis Gray's blog brings up a lot of good points: To Blog, or Not to Blog - That is the Question. He basically goes through a very short list of things that he considers worthy enough to warrant a blog posting. His bottom line:
Post only when it is something that educates, or brings original news to your readers
For everything else there are other ways to accomplish your goals: Twitter for microblogging, Disqus for commenting, Google Reader for sharing what we find of interest, and of course FriendFeed which does it all.
Seriously, how many of us bloggers are in a position to be "breaking" original news? (Which is exactly why the A-list is not dead.) Occasionally I write what might be considered an "educational" piece, but to be honest most of those are so long that people won't read them. Most long posts I write have never seen the light of day. They can't get past my DW's smell test.
So Jesse's post struck a cord. If we can express 95% of what we have to say using these other forms of communication-- why bother with the 5%? If there are no other reasons to blog than what he lists: original news and education, then maybe blogging is something that has outlived its usefulness?
Perhaps it is time for many of us to move on to other forms of expression? I've noticed that lots of people who I subscribe to are posting less-and-less. Perhaps we're seeing the end of the blogging era.