I’m starting to think that bloggers who heavily tweet are shortchanging themselves.
I saw Michelle Blanc earlier and she mentioned that she’s going to be on Tout le monde en parle, a talk show here in Quebec. I hadn’t heard and told her so, so she said she had tweeted it, and jokingly asked if I read her twitter stream.
The thing is, I do read it. I read it along with 400 or so other people I follow, but I obviously can’t read them all, all the time. It becomes overwhelming. This made me realize that people probably don’t read my tweets that often either.
Twitter is the new community participation, but if people are as good at reading tweets as I am, I’m probably hurting myself a bit by participating a lot there. Chris made a point of this in a talk he did at Podcasters Across Borders, saying he was winning because he blogged so much, even though so many people had quit for Twitter. Not only that, but people don’t link to tweets, so by tweeting, you shortchange your ideas of link equity, too (and even if people did link, you wouldn’t own the links).
The conclusion this leads me too is that the smart ones who know what’s up should still be blogging. The time is now because those that aren’t devoted to it are quitting, reducing competition for readers’ attention. It only makes sense, right?