You might be scratching your head at this one as technology is essential for blogging. What I want to address is the newer technology.
For instance, I know lots of people, myself included, who will respond to emails via a smart phone. Generally, my responses aren't long and when I'm waiting inline at a bank or for a kid's game/concert/recital to start, it's a nice way to kill the time.
I got thinking about this the other day when I was sitting in my bed, waiting for the pain killers to kick in and reading blogs on my google reader app. See, I love the google reader app - just a swipe of a finger and the next entry is in front of me, but the problem I have with google reader is that I can't comment within the program - mobile or not. When I'm on my computer, it's not a big deal, I just open new tabs and when the top is full, I run over and comment. However, if I'm reading a blog entry on my phone or tablet, I tend to read, think it's brilliant and move on. But then I feel horrible because I haven't told the person who was brilliant that I thought they were brilliant.
So here's the question that seems to arise during any technological discussion - has the ease of technology made you have fewer bloggy conversations? Does the satisfaction of clearing out your google reader take over making more personal connections? Does anyone know a way to have the best of both worlds?
This is the participation part of this post - I would really love to hear what you think on the issue.