Prompted by Tim Bray's recent piece, I thought a bit about my blogging and blog reading habits. To me, writing a blog post is still very different from writing a tweet – and in the end, I usually find it much more rewarding due to the comments and discussion that (often) evolve from it. I can honestly say that the effort I spent on writing blog posts over the past few years has paid off many times over due to the amount of stuff I have learned from others in the process. I can't say the same for Twitter, not in general, at least – I find it amusing, but it's an order of magnitude less serious. Which is part of its appeal, of course.
Regarding reading: I read tons of feeds, but many of them are created by applications - bug trackers, wikis, our internal invoicing application, search engine alerts, alarms … and of course I still follow blogs, although admittedly I have shrunk the list from a few hundred to about 80. For these, I don't see Twitter replacing anything, either: These blogs contain entries that I don't want to miss knowing about – with Twitter, I don't lose any sleep if I don't follow anything for a few weeks.
So - Is blogging over? No, I don't think so.