This is my one thousandth post here.1
With every post at a few hundred words, that is several textbooks' worth of rambling. When I invented blogging circa 1995, I never thought it would go this far.
Of course, blogging has also taken a step back. We now have a word for a whole category of online communication methods: social media. Things that used to go best on a blog now go in their own place; a quick thought on Twitter, a funny picture on Tumblr, an embarrassing faux-pas on Facebook. The lowly blog has gone from an object of ridicule to something nobody even talks about any more.
Blogging's role has gotten smaller, but hasn't disappeared. A blog remains the best place for long thoughts, updates, and bits of information. Professional bloggers have supplemented—or perhaps replaced—traditional journalism, and even non-geeks have personal blogs as a place to arrive at when Googling their name.
Me, I've slowed down in the blogging. Not only am I sharing stuff in other places, but I have a full time job, a girlfriend, and plenty (perhaps too many) projects on the go. With only so many hours in a day, blogging has to wait most of the time.
It won't go away though. Blogging has been in my life longer than it hasn't (17 years! Jesus), and even if nobody read it, a log on the web serves the same sanity-preserving purpose that a diary does. Time marches on and haters gonna hate, but bloggers gotta blog.
1 Approximately a thousand, anyway. The counter in Blogger says 1000, but that includes drafts, and doesn't include anything pre-Blogger.