All Over For Blogs?

Bill Thompson, BBC News, Aug 11, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Weblogs won't disappear because, of course, websites won't disappear. But the hype will ebb and I would say that the number of active blogs will be cut in half over the next six months to a year. Articles will start noticing the glut of abandoned blogs and the format will recede into the background. There will be much wailing and gnashing of teeth, many more articles that read like this one does. And all of that is OK, that's how it should be. This will not be the end of anything significant. Remember: hype is not a normal state of affairs for anything, the decline of blogs has been predicted (by me, at least) for more than eight months, and XML (RSS) is still the future.
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