How Has Twitter Impacted the Frequency of Your Blogging?

I was just speaking with one Twitter user who told me that since getting into Twitter they hardly blog any more. Twitter has effectively replaced their blog.

It got me wondering – has this happened for many people?

Time for a poll:

Do you Blog More or Less since Starting to Use Twitter

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Let us know why you answered as you did in comments below. I’d also be interested to hear how else Twitter might have impacted your blogging?

Comments

  • February 16, 2009

    I blog more because I’m inspired more. I’m more involved in a community–the ideas are flowing; I can see the needs and I can fill them.

  • February 16, 2009

    Twitter had not any impact on my blogging. In fact it’s the opposite. Since I’m blogging I send less twits to Twitter.

  • February 16, 2009

    Good timing on the question. My blog has been somewhat dormant the last 5-6 months, during which time I’ve started up on Twitter. I want to get back into blogging more regularly again, but because of my Twitter activity, I will probably blog less since I’m able to share a lot via Twitter (and Facebook).

  • February 16, 2009

    I’m about the same; though I’ve only relatively recently started using Twitter more. But I imagine, if Twitter us is going to have any effect it’s most likely to mean blogging more, not less.

  • February 16, 2009

    I tend to blog less. Most of my interesting stuff is shared on Twitter. See this status update from this evening: http://twitter.com/BillGlover/status/1213386708

  • February 16, 2009

    I think I’m with Ryan – Twitter has definitely provided an extra dose of blogging inspiration, so my own frequency has increased since becoming active on Twitter.

  • February 16, 2009

    Twitter is very dynamic. I constantly get ideas from reading posts on Twitter. I often observe @KeithBurtis polling tweeps for a project of his then churning out another fantastic blog article at http://www.keithburtis.com

  • February 16, 2009

    I have always enjoyed blogging but now that I’m on Twitter, I enjoy it even more. There are more people with whom to share the blog so every time I post on my blog, I tweet about it.

  • February 16, 2009

    Twitter has defiantly brought down blogging. But I still Blog the same amount.

  • February 16, 2009

    Since starting twitter, I think that I am beginning to blog more. I’ve recently decided that the length of the blog post is not important. It’s more what I have to say. So while my posts are getting shorter, I feel that they are still significant and entertaining.

  • February 16, 2009

    My blogging activity was slipping before I found twitter. Twitter has taken up the slack while I deal with this block….

  • February 16, 2009

    I’ve found that I’m blogging more often since really getting into Twitter as I use Tweetdeck to search for certain keywords.

    This in turn leads to making new contacts with like-minded people which I find incredibly inspirational.

  • February 16, 2009

    I blog a lot more now that I’ve gotten into twitter. It’s contagious. I hear about everyone else’s blog posts, and I want to get into the fun. It’s also a lot easier to build up a blog following when you have a way to let people know that you’ve just posted. Knowing someone is reading what you write makes blogging much more worthwhile.

    It’s fun to twitter, but it’s difficult to really share what is going on in 140 characters or less. Being able to share my thoughts or insights, or even just a few interesting things I’ve learned recently, is a wonderful feeling. And you just can’t do it right on twitter. It requires a blog. Twitter has given me more of a reason to share, and blogging me has given me a way to do that sharing.

  • February 16, 2009

    I agree with Ryan and Brandon. I think that Twitter can be a very good source for new ideas, insight and breaking news (eventually leading you to more frequent or better posts).

    For example, when it comes to following events in real time, Twitter is far ahead of Google and other traditional search engines, with people reporting things as they happen. In many cases, a Twitter search allows you to get the latest news before the relevant sites get crawled and indexed by Google.

  • February 16, 2009

    Overall Twitter has impacted my blogging to the extent where I get less in. It has, however, inspired some topics which do get posted.

    In fact, Twitter probably has impacted me so negatively that I get a lot less done not only just in blogging, but in my profession too. It is just sooooooo addicting.

  • February 16, 2009

    I’d have to admit that Twittering has decreased my blog posts of late!

  • February 16, 2009

    i still blog about the same, maybe just a tad bit less, depending on the week, but Twitter has helped increase my readership. i find blogging to be a place to express deeper things i am pondering or wish to rant about. i always post a title and link to new blog posts on Twitter. i do not foresee Twitter replacing my blog, rather i will continue using my blog in conjunction with Twitter.

  • February 16, 2009

    I certainly blog a lot less and tweet a lot more these days.

    An interesting model I’m working on is a Twitter/Tumblr combination: Twitter leads, with more detailed information and sound/video/audio files on Tumblr – which is almost as quick and easy to use as Twitter.

  • February 16, 2009

    Twitter has had an impact on the timing or my blog entries. I never blogged more than once a day (usually just a couple of times a week) until recently, when discussions on Twitter about how to do things in WordPress resulted in me blogging the answers. I would have written those blog entries sooner or later but it was the Twitter discussions that sent me off to do them immediately.

    While I don’t intend to blog more often, if people are looking for help and I can’t give it in 140 characters, posting a new blog entry makes sense.

    My blog and Twitter are now in a kind of symbiotic relationship where discussion is driving the content of my blog.

  • February 16, 2009

    Since getting involved with twitter i have found i blog more often, so i can give my twitter friends more content to read than just 140 characters.

    As mentioned above, i also draw inspiration for blog posts from what i read on twitter.

  • February 16, 2009

    I’m going through a transition stage at the moment and really enjoying twitter. My main site at angesbiz.com is going through an overhaul and I’m changing my focus to become more business orientated. In the meantime, twitter has provided me with many connections I otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

  • February 16, 2009

    I blog more, probably because I feel more inspired to write after feedback from my readers. I also like to use Twitter to preview things I’m working on, so my Twitter followers feel like they’re getting the ‘Behind the scenes’ bonus features or something.

    There’s a great, supportive community of guitar bloggers on Twitter and I find that it enhances my enjoyment of that scene as a whole.

  • February 16, 2009

    I blog about the same, well, maybe a little less, but my Facebook/Blog/Twitter are all linked anyway. If I do a popular post ( like I did today) the search engines pick it up so it is still very worthwhile blogging.

  • February 16, 2009

    I blog more. My twitter is branded with my blog, so I can mix all the blog stuff I want into my twitter feed. My followers know exactly what they’ll get before they hit follow. I get lots of ideas, and meet new people through twitter who in turn inspire me to come up with ideas to make my blog better.

    Something good I guess that comes out of those blogging less if at all since using twitter is the clearing out of dead space. Thus these bloggers can prolly be happier moving to twitter than always trying to fight writer’s block, get traffic, etc. and bloggers who continue to blog regardless of twitter’s influence can keep on trucking. Nice balance.

  • February 16, 2009

    I find that twitter gets me started on ideas and throughout the day the posts start to form, I kind of use it like a notebook to get my blog posts together.

  • February 16, 2009

    I think I’ve increased my blogging frequency because now I have a built in audience that looks forward to reading my content. Greater motivation.

  • February 16, 2009

    Twitter is a springboard for my blogging! I can’t wait to send my tweets to the blog, so they have been working hand in hand for me!
    Luvin’ it!

  • February 16, 2009

    Less frequently, but that’s incidental to Twitter use. I made a conscious decision to cut my posting frequency as I work on other projects, including working up to launching a new blog – and I’m getting great ideas and contacts via Twitter for that.

  • February 16, 2009

    I blog the same amount, but it does help me with some ideas to write on a couple times a month.

  • February 16, 2009

    I’m blogging more frequently because of Twitter. With 140 characters you can’t delve deeply into a topic. So a blog becomes the destination and Tweets the notification and conversation about the blog post. I also created a personal blog because there were Tweets I wanted to explore but were not in line with the work-related blogs I write for.

    Blogs and Twitter are a great combination!

  • February 16, 2009

    I now think in short phrases. I find that between Twitter and Facebook, I don’t have time for writing long blogs. There also doesn’t seem to be any point in writing short blogs b/c that’s what I have Twitter and FB for

  • February 16, 2009

    I in with Lisa here. Twitter is a springboard for my blogging too.

    Be interesting to observe how you various tweets effect the attention my blog gets. I did some test this week to see if a different approach would effect my blog. And I for sure did. It was a valuable learning experience for me.

    For me Twitter is a great way to pick up info about informative blogs like http://www.twitip.com or other similiar blogs that is basis for motivation to keep on blogging.

    Cheers…

  • February 16, 2009

    I get frustrated at myself for wasting more time than I want to on Twitter, but I still blog the same.

  • February 16, 2009

    I did a similar survey and was surprised by results. People using Twitter said they were blogging more and commenting more on other blogs. That surprised me. I will be interested to see your results.

    You can see and take my survey, still open, at
    http://tinyurl.com/twitblogpoll

  • February 16, 2009

    I do blog a lot more, since I am always looking to put more good information on twitter, as well as getting my name out there to my followers!

  • February 16, 2009

    I blog more as well. I get ideas from twitter sometimes I just blog about twitter itself.

  • February 16, 2009

    I blog as much now as before, but I’m more selective about what to post. I used to make occasional one-line blog posts just to share something funny I saw/heard, but now those things go on Twitter, which helps keep the blog more focused.

  • February 16, 2009

    If you view Twitter from the perspective of a micro blog, then it’s natural to expand on 140 characters of text into larger chunks, and that’s what my blog has become. Twitter helps me blog with more frequency and greater insight.

  • February 16, 2009

    From the comments above it appears many of us are inspired by the diverse ‘value’ bits that flow so freely on Twitter. Following and reading interesting and diverse people and businesses, how could we not be stimulated. It’s like having a thousand conversations to choose from to listen to and speak concisely with. Can’t find that anywhere else.

  • February 16, 2009

    I didn’t do the poll, because I was doing a blog 365 days in 2008 challenge last year (when I started Twittering), and I’m not this year. That said, however, I find there are times I’d blog about something, but Twitter about it instead, getting it “off my chest,” so to speak. :)

    I do find that I write “tighter” since Twittering, because I’m used to that 140 character thing. :)

  • February 16, 2009

    I didn’t start my blog until I started twittering. I’m finding that I get great ideas to blog now.

  • February 16, 2009

    I have been doing a good job keeping things consitant but I have noticed that I WANT TO spend more time on twitter.

    Twitter has become my IDEATION room that sparks my blog posts. They go hand in hand and it’s hard to deny one without denying the other.

  • February 16, 2009

    I Blog way less. It actually makes me do everything less in my life. I think I need to get off my twitter drug. It is just so damn addictive.

  • February 16, 2009

    Yes Nowadays ,I prefer to do more as it will appear in twitter immediately. Still I am new to twitter and connected blogging, let us see the impact of my new twitter account on my blog growth

  • February 16, 2009

    Since mine is a photo blog I have been using twitpic a lot. I enjoy sharing some of the images I find as I walk around town.

  • February 16, 2009

    Unfortunately, I blog less since finding Twitter. But I will get back to blogging more frequently. It’s just a matter of assessing my priorities, and making a schedule and sticking to it. I don’t regret the time I have given to Twitter thus far, however — I’ve learned a great deal. But its time for me to seriously get back to work and begin blogging more seriously again! Thanks for the reminder!

    krissy knox :)
    my main blog: Sometimes I Think
    Follow me on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/iamkrissy

  • February 16, 2009

    Twitter made me starting blogging. So, my answer is “more”

  • February 17, 2009

    I started Twittering to generate more leads for stories for my (then) news blog. Twitter and Blog more for fun nowadays!

  • February 17, 2009

    Twitter has not increase my blogging but it has made me more focused.

  • February 17, 2009

    I have kind of gotten into a routine of first in the morning write to my blog and read other blogs. Knowing that my blog title post will go to twitter makes keep on schedule.

  • February 17, 2009

    >>> How Has Twitter Impacted the Frequency of Your Blogging?
    <<< most definitely blogging less – Twittering / Facebooking more

  • February 17, 2009

    I like having the opportunity to let others in the Twitter community know about my blog . It is nice to have the instant ability to link to their blogs as well.

  • February 17, 2009

    I blog more because i see more news i would and want to blog about or give my opinion about it.

  • February 17, 2009

    I am just learning about twitter and i am having fun so far. I still do blogging because i do enjoy sharing ideas.

  • February 17, 2009

    Twitter helps me take the pulse of what interests my followers in terms of blogging, marketing, and writing tips (the three prongs of my Internet marketing business). I can quickly poll Twitter followers on a variety of topics and get instant responses.

    In my daily scan of tweets from other industry experts, I pick up interesting tips and ideas for new angles from which to approach topics.

    Twitter is like a spray can of inspiration for future blog posts.

    Laura Christianson
    Co-owner, http://heblogssheblogs.com

  • February 17, 2009

    I find that Twitter can be the source of inspiration at times. But when life is heavy it can be a little hard to push out posts regardless. I think that Twitter is a far better outlet for certain things that expecting to write a reasonable length post on, so in this sense it can build up on the blog.

  • February 17, 2009

    For the most part, I probably cut down in my blogging to 2-3 times a week when I used to blog almost daily. I wasn’t able to blog daily during NaBloPoMo this year and I think part of it (slagging motivation aside) was because I was tweeting so much.

  • February 19, 2009

    My blogging has stayed about the same, with one notable exception: I used to start a new blog whenever I took up a new hobby or had a particularly good idea for a topic… and then abandon it a few weeks or months later.

    Now, instead of launching a whole new blog, I realized I could start a Twitter account that’s focused on the topic, and I’ve done just that. This way I’m still able to share related ideas and experiences, but less likely to get burned out as it’s both less work and lower pressure.

  • February 19, 2009

    I tend to blog more now, largely because my interactions with other Tweeters spark ideas and identify needs. If you actually stop and read other tweets, instead of just blindly promoting yourself, you’re bound to find tweets related to your niche. Sometimes, tweeters will be asking questions you can answer, or provide insights you can expound upon.

    Overall, Twitter has had a significant impact on the shaping of my blogs – it keeps them more “reader-centered”, so they become more useful (and therefore, have enjoyed an icrease in traffic).

  • February 25, 2009

    I definitely blog less – still every day, but generally just once.

    I think many of my irreverent thoughts I used to stretch out really just deserved to be one-off quickie thoughts, and I enjoy the immediate interaction and development of them with other more than the “speak from a perch and listen to the responses”.

  • March 7, 2009

    Twitter seemed like yet another social networking website that would be a distracting from work, blogging and other daily tasks in the beginning. Since I noticed more people paying attention to my twitter page, it made me want to blog more often than usual which would actually be blogging “on schedule” because I keep getting behind on the schedule that I set for my blog a few months ago and always skip a day, or put off doing posts that were setup to be published already.

    So, Twitter has affected my blogging in a sense that I want to stay to a consistent posting routine. While that has not occurred as of yet because I was supposed to post on film festivals two days ago, I do plan on getting back on schedule.

  • March 14, 2009

    My Day Job was already interfering with my blog. I don’t seem to have the ideas for essays that I might. Twitter is easier. Even then, other things interfere.

    My best blogging period was the year or so I was out of work. No income but LOTS of writing.

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