To all my blogging friends and the community at large,
My humble request to you is to get off FaceBook, Google+, Twitter and all your other social networking sites and return to blogging proper in 2013. Your blogs were more personalized and interesting to read, far more insightful and engaging than abbreviated FaceBook statuses/shares/likes and tweets. Clicking a "Share" or "Like" button is no substitute for a coherent well-thought-out essay. Besides social networks are more about personal interaction than creative writing.
I, for one, am looking forward to revitalizing my own blog and writing more frequently in the future. Writing (or any form of creative expression) is a good habit to get into and very elusive to get back if you've lost the drive. In 2005, many of my friends blogged regularly and I have a huge list of links on my sidebar. Comments were regularly posted and views exchanged on one another's blogs frequently, sometimes leading to interesting debates and insights. Today, I have only five blogs linked in my sidebar with just a couple of them updated regularly. I hardly get any comments at all and to be honest it's discouraging to think that most of my online friends have abandoned blogging altogether. I know that life and circumstances cause people to move on from online activity, but for those of you active on social networks, I ask you to consider that they do not provide or encourage the same expressive freedom that a blog or website does.
Thanks and Regards.