Great Software Development Blogs Revisited

by Krishna on January 9, 2011

I see that of my list of 5 great software development blogs from 2007, only one (Scott Berkun) is still going strong. Jeff Atwood is still posting, but much less frequently than before. The others have officially quit.

I wonder if the age of great software blogs is over. Many of my other favorite software writers have also decreased their posting frequency and have migrated to Twitter for their pithy takes on recent happenings. More of the bigger articles seem to be coming from the professional outfits, and the individual bloggers are mostly posting very technology-specific articles or little at all.

Which brings me to my own blog. My frequency has gone up and down, mostly down in the even years (2006, 2008 and 2010) and though I have been trying to get back to writing more, I am not even sure that people are interested in blogs anymore. Blogging seems to be decreasing like email and discussion groups. Twitter and podcasts are more in vogue, but they will also soon give way to something new.

Anyway, I wonder what happens in the long run to the old writings of bloggers. With traditional writing, you might find the book in a library or with somebody. But with blogs, some of them hosted on paid sites, they disappear. Even free blogging sites tend to go away after sometime. I wish some of the bigger players (Google or Facebook) spent more effort in archiving the CC-licensed work of prominent bloggers permanently so that their work stays on after they moved on.

{ 3 comments }

Scott Berkun January 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Glad you’re still reading 🙂

Srinivas Bhogle January 18, 2011 at 3:17 am

I’m glad 2011 is an odd year. I was delighted to find so much to read.

Priya January 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Interesting….I am a regular reader of your blog. hope you keep blogging in 2011!

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