Digital detox? Is it ever a good idea?

I’m off Facebook (and whatsapp). People who know me will know this is probably a bit hard for me to do as I rely on it heavily. It’s my primary messaging app, my school/PTA system, my newsreader, how I update family on our lives, crucial to elements of my work and my personal photo library/log for the kids…and on and on.

Over the past few years I’ve used it more than twitter and have all valued the feedback and interaction there much higher than on other channels.

But you can have too much of a good thing, right?

Maybe it’s my current state of mind or maybe it’s the recent election but I found myself veering between annoyance and self censorship on the platform. I wasn’t happy with either so for now, I’m off it.

Back here though where I hope to use the blog as a way to process some of the current things I am facing and struggling with as a working parent in a busy agency role.

More anon.

is wine the new vinyl?

I went to the London blogger’s meet up this week where guest blogger – Rob from wineconversation.com provided some delish wines for us all to sample (I sampled heavily, ahem) and some wine related tidbits to pleasure our intellectual palettes….

Anyway, many of the people I talked to in the room and indeed many friends and colleagues who are “into” wine often remind me of the same types who (rewind 10-15 years) used to be obsessed with buying records. So without going all Carrie Bradshaw on you, it got me to thinking 😉 is wine the new vinyl?

Here are 5 things they have in common:

§ A passionate bunch of followers who often verge on geeky

§ A sense of competition for rare and hard to find vintages/releases

§ A habit of gobbling up all your disposable income

§ Something to talk in great detail about to everyone who comes round your house

§ Instead of “you’ve got to hear this mate” it is now “you’ve got to try this mate”

So anyway, the main point I took from Rob’s talk was that most wine is bought nowadays in supermarkets and many great wines just don’t ever make it onto the shelves.

So, given the similarities listed above between the wine and the record collector….your new age wine buff would surely relish the opportunity to spend hours in his local wine shop or deli perusing the rare specimens his pals won’t have? And surely, merely buying the odd bottle of plonk in Tesco is about as satisfying as grabbing a Coldplay album on the way to the checkout?

So why aren’t there more indy wine shops around? And why don’t more indy delis and restaurants capitalise on this market? Seems like a missed opportunity on both sides to me…

Anyway, a good night was had by all and it was great to meet several other bloggers/tweeple in the flesh (Jaz Cummins, Gary Andrews, Andy Roberts and his lovely pal Linda) and catch up with Wadds and Chris Reed for drunken debauchery.  I will be making more of an effort to go along to these next year. Huge thanks to Andy Bargery for putting it all together.

UK blogging trends

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Interesting piece by Chris Lee in New Media Knowledge today about the UK blogging market, based on a  survey by ComScore issued last week.

ComScore claims that blogs are increasingly displacing traditional media usage and recent statistics appear to back that up. During August, less people read newspapers than read blogs, with 11.25 million Brits buying a paper compared to 14.5 million visiting blogs.

Worth a read and I am in it 🙂

if blogging is dead, what about the daily papers?

Ok so Wired says Blogging is dead, yet according to research out from ComScore today, 14.5 million of us Brits read at least one blog in August alone.

Compare this to the UK daily papers that achieved a combined readership of 11.25 million in the same period…

Blogging is here to stay. Posts might become shorter, more visual, more video based as trends change but the very nature of individuals logging stuff on the web isn’t going to disappear any time soon,.

With an audience of 14.5 million of us a month reading what others have to say, why would it?