Don’t worry! I’m not talking about the end of Let’s Eat Grandpa. I’m going to be here for a long time, sharing all sorts of things you didn’t really need to know in the first place, probably long after everyone has ceased reading and just started beaming information directly into their frontal lobes.
I’m more talking about the end of the blog in general.
You see, Steve and I were talking the other day about our blogs. We’ve both been around for a relatively long time (six years for each of us), and we’ve both noticed that our readership is down a little, and people aren’t commenting like they used to. Neither of our blogs is particularly stagnant — we both update often and about a variety of things.
It made us wonder — now that we’re Facebooking and Twittering and Instagramming everything in short little bursts, are we losing our ability to follow something that’s longer than 140 characters? Do people not want to sit down and read actual paragraphs?
I asked some friends about it — mostly people who blog. Of course, I asked about this on Twitter:
- Matt: Disagree. For me, the usefulness of Twitter is that it points to content (blogs) and is not necessarily content itself.
- Jen: I agree with Matt.
- Same Matt, but a bit of discussion later: Actually that makes a lot of sense, with content overload, we need ways to help us filter.
- Jessie: Noooo! I can’t say nearly enough, nor use as many photos and make a fully composed thought with anything except my blog!
- Steph: I hope not. I just renewed my hosting site for a couple more years.
- (The aforementioned) Steve: No, but I think the quick-hit world of status updates has lured away many. There’s still a place for discussion in blogs.
- Lennis: Well, I neglect my blog and post to Twitter and Instagram a lot, but I still read other people’s blogs.
- Michelle: I’m the opposite. Still keep up with MY blog, but never read others unless via twitter or instagram.
- Brooke: IG let me connect with more people and then just check their blogs when I see an interesting pic.
- Amy: I think that’s probably true to a certain extent. We’re so instant gratification & both feed that.
Personally, I will admit that the biggest reason I blog is for the community, and has been since my early blogging days. I love participating in discussions, reading about the thoughts and opinions of my friends that differ from my own, and having people interact with the stuff I post. I could pretend that I blog just for me, but that would be a lie. I like the comments. I like the interactions. I like the community that I’ve built on my blog. Is this the only reason I blog? Of course not. But it definitely plays its large part.
But now Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are slowly siphoning off the interactions we used to get on our blogs. Not that it’s a bad thing — it’s just a different form of interaction. It’s a lot easier to like my Facebook blog post than it is to take the time to leave a comment. I say this while admitting that I’m just as guilty as the next gal of lazy internet relationships. I LOVE Instagram, like Twitter quite a bit, and it’s complicated with Facebook. Like Matt said above, sometimes I use the social networks as a filter, to figure out what I really want to read. I have to make a concerted effort to comment on the posts flying through my RSS feed.
I’d like to also consider that maybe blogging was a fad. Everyone was doing it. And many of those people are now moving onto other things, both online and in real life. So many blogs were lackluster, and perhaps most of the population got bored. I’ve been carefully curating my RSS feeder for a couple years now, and it’s incredible how often I’ll add an awesome new blog, only to realize a few months down the line that there have only been a smattering of “I’m sorry I haven’t updated lately” posts.
So perhaps there will just be some of us stalwarts to hold out and continue to interact through our blogs — we love the open space and the lack of restraints to write what we’re really feeling, to post twenty photos without being accused of “overgramming,” and to cultivate the relationships and ideas that we’ve been investing in for so long.
I, for one, am not going anywhere.
Now comment on this thing and let me know what you think, so I can feel better about myself.
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