December 14, 2006

Get your blog while their still hot!

According to Gartner, blogs will peak next year. If you haven’t already started one by then, you likely won’t. But with my experience with teachers, I’d disagree with this statement:

Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer…said those who loved blogging were committed to keeping it up, while others had become bored and moved on.

I don’t think it’s boredom that’s the problem. It’s lack of time to allow users to fully understand and appreciate it. For those looking for an audience, it takes time, even if your audience is parents or other teachers. Often teachers are introduced to the technology without the time to consider how they’ll use it. I’ve often said, just because it’s easy, doesn’t mean they’ll use it.

I heard someone say this the other day (I think it was from Doug Johnson via Tim Wilson’s podcast but I’m not sure), “I guess I’m one of those compulsive communicators.” Interesting term. Is that the target audience for blogs? Aren’t we all compulsive communicators? I don’t know.