Monday, September 17, 2012

The Future of Blogging

(So, I posted something that I wasn't done working on. Sorry about that.)

Since we're talking about it, what do you think about blogging?

I had the opportunity to hang out with a group of amazing blogging ladies last week. There was talk about the different social medias out there (blogging, fb, twitter).

But the center of conversation was if blogging was dying.

There was mention that there weren't as many comments or people connecting anymore. Yes, blogging helps us connect with people all over the world, we can speak our minds, and we can inform others of things that are happening not only in our professional lives but also our personal lives.

But then there was talk about time. (Being a writer has taught me how important time is to my career.) Blogging involves writing posts and connecting with other people, but people didn't have time to put in four hours a day into blogging or searching for people with common interests.
         
There was talk that FB was faster. It only took a few minutes to leave comments and posting only takes a few seconds. Twitter was the same, plus that's where the agent talk is. The cons to twitter is that it can be confusing.

In my personal opinion, I don't think blogging is dying, but slowing down (most of my writing-blogging friends aren't posting each day like they did when they first started blogging). But blogging offers a unique outlet for information. It allows more than a 140 letter message, permitting us to really speak our minds, let other's know what's happening, or post a volume of pictures to embarrass our kids when they're older (okay, you can do that one on FB too).

So put your two cents in. What do you think about blogging? Is it on it's way out?  Slowing down? Outdated like an old broken down Gremlin (you know, like that old car my friend used to pick me up for high school in). What do you think?

21 comments:

Kristina P. said...

I posted my first blog post in 6 months today. I think my drive has just died.

David P. King said...

I know I wasn't as active this summer, but that had to do with a heavy revision, family and home stuff, and other things that I've put off for too long because of blogging. Slowing down. I can see that. If you invest a lot of time into something, burnout can set in. I think that was my case for a while, but I'm back and striving to reconnect. Glad you're still here! :)

Laurel Garver said...

I think a blog has an important place in an overall internet presence. Like you say, it offers the opportunity to go deeper with content. And in a world of sound-bites, that's valuable.

Patti said...

I think it is waning. A lot of people I started blogging with have quit, but I think you hit on the head. A blog allows you to expand on your thoughts as opposed to 140 characters. And frankly I find twitter extremely confusing.I blame it on my age.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

I don't think it's dying. It's too effective when it comes to spreading and promoting information. I think we all need breaks now and then, but overall, we're still here. :)

J. A. Bennett said...

I think blogging is just as important as the other social media sites. Yes, it is more time consuming but when you have a book out there you're fans are going to want to know more about you and search through your blog. Plus, it helps to get your name out there. If someone googles you chances are your blog, not your facebook or twitter, will show up in the top ten. When you do hit the big-time people will be able to find you more easily. But I also agree that there isn't time for five days a week of posts. That's just a little insane.

Karen Martin Sampson said...

Hi,
I think blogging is slowing down a bit, but not dying. Everyone I know is too busy to be blogging every day or two. I had to pull back this summer as I had so many things happening. Now that fall and winter are approaching I am hoping to feel more relaxed about time and get back to reading all the blogs I follow (sometimes!) and even leaving more comments! I find it fascinating that I am in touch with people from around the world who find my art interesting and like to know what I have to say...and vice versa.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Not dying, but definitely slowing down. You have to remember, when blogging started that was pretty much all we had--besides MySpace. LOL
Now with Twitter and Facebook, it's almost redundant when I hit their blogs on top of all that. I want to, but it is time. I was thinking I might even cut down to one day a week. We'll see. Maybe in January.

February Grace said...

I started my first blog/website in 2000, then started my current one in 2009 after taking a couple years off (starting over in a new arena, writing.) Collectively I have about seven years of blogging experience in total, in three or four different 'groups' of bloggers, when it comes to content.

I do think, sadly, that blogging is dying. People's attention spans grow ever shorter, you're lucky if you can get them to read 120 characters (the length of a tweet usually if you include a link with it) or to keep yourself active in their FB timelines. I think most people honestly tune most of what happens on FB out.

I also think that all social media is headed for a saturation point though, and people will have to start to choose which few sites to participate in, I mean think about it, FB, Twitter, Blogging, Goodreads, Library Thing, Shelfari, LinkedIn...I could go on but just making a list makes me tired. No one can be everywhere no matter how they try to tell us we 'have' to be.

It's sad to see the art of blogging fade away. There was some great stuff out there, once upon a time. I'm glad to see someone like you who wants to keep that alive.

xoxo
bru

J.R. Johansson said...

I agree that it's slowing down. If it's dying, I think it will be a slow death and may not ever fully go away.

Guess we'll see. :) Interesting post!

Al said...

It is not "cool" any more so it does not have the people who are just participating for that reason.
It is still a venue for developing ideas and sharing them.

Susan Fields said...

I agree - I don't think blogging is dying, but probably slowing down. I went from posting three times a week, to two, and now to one. But I wouldn't want to quit - I still love the connection with other writers I get from my blog. I've tried Twitter, and I just can't get used to it.

Lynn said...

It was interesting reading all the comments here. I haven't posted since January on my writing blog (and, on average, once a week on my photography blog). I have a re-launched planned for October 1st, tying my blog to my life-coaching company. Like everyone else here, I believe blogging has a place for those wanting to dig deeper into more information rather than a few sentences on FB or Twitter. I hope it will always have a place since it develops relationships that goes beyond the sprinkles of a few words like sugar on a ginger cookie.

ali cross said...

This is an interesting discussion. I agree with you that blogging is slowing down, but I don't see it dying out altogether. I think there will always be an interest in blogs, but yeah--FB is where I connect with actual readers and Twitter is where I connect with other writers.

L.T. Elliot said...

I think it's slowing down and I think people are starting to realize they either don't enjoy blogging or that they're finding their place within blogging and writing about those things instead. I think it comes down to personal time and taste and it's okay to say, "I'm done." And it's also okay to say, "I'm not."

Elliot Grace said...

...definitely not as much action in Blogland as there once was, and I agree, Facebook and Twitter may in fact be the double-edged culprit.

I publish one or two posts per month, saving the rest of my writing time for just that...writing. As storytellers however, I feel it's important to stay in touch with our peers, the many friends I've met along the way. For as we all know, only a fellow writer can understand the nuances of our passion ;)

Great post, Carolyn!

El

Nichole Giles said...

I think blogging is slowing, like you said. The days of it being the cool thing to do are past, but I do think that blogging has a place in social media. Each outlet has a different function, and blogging is the longer, more time-consuming one, yes, but it's also the most personalized and informative.

I don't have as much time to post as I used to. But I also don't have as much time to read the things others post, either. But I still do when I can, because I enjoy it. And I think that's what it comes down to. What we all enjoy.

Medeia Sharif said...

I've been sensing something different these past few months. I've been receiving fewer comments and visits, unless a blogfest is going on...in that case it takes me forever to respond to comments. I don't think blogging is dying down, but I've noticed that many people who started blogging around the same time I did have either cut down on posts or have stopped blogging all together. I'm seeing new bloggers around all the time, so maybe things will pick up.

TerryLynnJohnson said...

I agree, I've noticed it slowing down. Though, that could just be because I'VE slowed down. I don't visit as many as I used to, and I only blog when I feel like it. But I won't give it up, I enjoy the connection.

Janet Johnson said...

It's definitely slowed down, but I think it's a good thing. I don't feel as pressured to be everywhere (which was impossible). You can still make those connections through blogging, and I've found that I get to know people better through blogs. That's part of why I love agents who blog so much. I can get to know their personality better. Tweets just don't tell much. Facebook for me is still more family and close friends. I'm still a blogging fan . . . but like you said, I don't blog as often anymore.

Stephanie Humphreys said...

I've lost some interest in blogging and have been quite lazy about posting. I still read other blogs, although it seems like the blogs themselves have changed.

When I started blogging, it really was a medium where ideas were exchanged and discussed. Now I often skip reading blogs because when I pull them up in my reader, I see the same contest being posted on blog after blog, or the same book reviewed everywhere. As a writer with books to promote I can see the value in this, but as a blog reader, I miss the days when blogs were a lot less commercial.

I still read blogs and don't see facebook or twitter (which I just find confusing) totally replacing blogs. My favorite blogs to read are the ones that get to the point quickly in three or four paragraphs. I wish I had time to read longer posts, but I just don't.