I’m currently under what might be termed friendly pressure from worship drummer and a few of his mates to set up a Facebook page for myself. I could then link to him and all the other cool young people and young adults I get to work with or network with in other ways.
At one level it’s very flattering to have the next generation wanting to be able to link to you (or you to them), but sorry guys, there’s only so much online stuff I can maintain. I already spend more time than I probably should reading blogs and websites, trying to articulate my thoughts about stuff with sufficient lucidity that it’s worth posting here, and looking after our entirely revamped CYO website (which I’ve been working on all week and which should appear on Monday).
Something I’ve noticed this year is that most of the folks in my phat RSS lists seem to be blogging less, or blogging in spurts. It’s as if the intensity of trying to maintain that daily burst of wisdom for an unseen audience is becoming mellowed by what we sometimes call the work life balance.
Blogging, it seems, is still a maturing phenomenon, and may have peaked if this article in The Times is anything to go by. An estimated 200m blogs have been started and abandoned – a graveyard of good intentions lying in state around the world on servers and in the Google cache.
Fellow bloggers have been having similar thoughts. Fernando has been reflecting on the whole Web 2.0 thing and also the place of comments in the great online conversation, their significance and particularly their capacity to absorb so much time. You may find his thoughts helpful, as I have. And others have called it a day on the blog front, or killed off their MySpace page because of the maintenance demands.
Is Web 2.0 becoming Web 2.much?