I wonder how many people have neglected their blogging "duties" in favor of quick hits on twitter. I definitely fall into that camp and I'm not happy about it... for a few reasons.
First of all, my blog acts as a bit of a self-serving diary of my thoughts on a great number of topics from cartoons to social media to advertising to cars and of course... golf and family. Twitter does provide you with a time-line of your tweets but realistically, I can't say I've looked back at any of them with great interest the way I do with my personal blog. Furthermore, how many people stumble upon one tweet and then look at past tweets for more insight into a person... a blog is different and it's a more complete picture of a person and their thoughts beyond the 140 characters Twitter limits you to.
Secondly, Twitter allows you to purge your thoughts without much thought and 99.999% of the time, that's enough to satisfy my need to write a blog post. That's unfortunate because without that outlet I may ponder the issue a bit more, develop the content, find a photo to accompany the story and hyperlink liberally to make a more complete story. I miss that art and creative outlet. Damn you Twitter!
Lastly, I think Twitter's dominance over blogging is also a social comment on people's diminishing attention span. Why say in 500 words that can be told in just 140 characters?
Am I giving up my Twitter account? Not quite... but I might be holding back some tweets in favor of a more developed story.