Some thoughts on the end of Paul Krugman’s blog and blogging generally

I accidentally went to Paul Krugman’s blog today and was surprised to see he ended it some time ago. To quote him:

A message for regular readers of this blog: unless something big breaks later today, this will be my last day blogging AT THIS SITE. The Times is consolidating the process, so future blog-like entries will show up at my regular columnist page. This should broaden the audience, a bit, maybe, and certainly make it easier for the Times to feature relevant posts.

I remember when the Times (and many other places) finally recognized blogging as a way of communicating and started a big section on their site to blogging.

Is blogging dead? Not really. It’s no longer what is what, but people are still blogging. Does it matter? No. Blogging is writing. Communicating via words on the Internet. We have all these tools and media to communicate. For a time, blogging and blogs were a way to share that writing. Now people are doing it other ways.

What matters is the writing. The format matters much less. I still like the blogging format, but what I like more is that so many people can communicate with others.

Meanwhile, here’s a link to Krugman’s blog: Economics and Politics by Paul Krugman – The Conscience of a Liberal – The New York Times

3 responses to “Some thoughts on the end of Paul Krugman’s blog and blogging generally

  1. I hadn’t noticed Krugman’s blog retirement, either. At one point I followed the NYTimes blogs with vigor. It waned, some, once the erected the paywall. And then, slowly, I went less and less. Now, here we are and it’s been down nearly a year and I’ve not noticed. As a fan of blogging with commitment to it as a medium, I believe this says something about the evolution as platform. Not sure what, though.

    • smartpeopleiknow

      I feel the same. I think we notice blogging less and less because there are so many ways for people to communicate. Now we have podcasts, even. People will always look for new ways of communicating, but writing, in some form — blogging or tweeting or what have you — will always exist.