There was a discussion on Hacker News the other day about whether blogs are dead or not.
I think that there are still many blogs, more than you could ever read. (You can find some of them in my blogroll.) What is different today is that blogs are harder to find. Sure, sometimes when you search for something specific on Google, you find blogs too, but most blogs are more likely to be found via links or aggregators (Hacker News, Lobste.
Yesterday, I asked the Hacker News community why they don’t have blogs, even though they have the necessary technical skills.
Many Hacker News readers and contributors have the technical skills to run their own blog and post their opinions. But instead they prefer to use Twitter or other social networks. Why is this so? Is it the effort?
I want to respond to some of the answers in this post:
I left Twitter one month ago and didn’t miss it a single time. Reading stories about “Brand Blockers” (Medium paywall) just gives me the feeling that this was the right decision.
Regarding the “Brand Blockers”: Instead of trying to block hundreds of thousands brands, maybe just block Twitter? Twitter is full of brands. That’s why I first unfollowed everyone and created a list with all the people I followed previously, which had the benefit of a chronological timeline and no promoted tweets in between.
I didn’t wrote something for the last days, because I was busy with two things. First: Because there are currently semester breaks I’m at work again and there I already spent the whole days coding and looking at screens. Second: I was busy reworking the Medium archive on my German blog.
Next to this (English language) blog, I also have a German blog focusing mainly on other interests of myself. I don’t really limit topics on both though.
I just added a blogroll to my website. You can find it here.
What is a blogroll?
It is a list with links to other blogs I read myself and can recommend to my readers.
But this is just the beginning. I would like to hear more recommendations for blogs (you can also send me a link to your own blog). Send me a message via my contact form.
I will update this list from time to time when I find new interesting blogs worth sharing.