Is there a better time to write about the state of the blogosphere than during National Blog Posting Month? I don’t think so. Especially when so many people claim that blogging is dead and that people have moved on to other social media platforms.
Well, I checked and discovered last weekend that I am (still) subscribed to 400+ blogs on Feedly.
That seems like an obsessively high number, doesn’t it? (And really, who has time to keep up with that many blogs? Not me… but here I am!)
I do know that I need to seriously clean out my reader. Because I do tend to “dismiss” a lot of posts, I should just be honest with myself and admit that not all the blogs that I added over time have lived up to my expectations, and that is totally ok.
But, the eye opening point for me was that yes, I still do love blogging and I still do love reading blogs and connecting with like-minded people because how did all these blogs end up in my reader otherwise? Especially, when people are claiming that blogging is dead and nobody writes or reads blogs anymore. Well, that is apparently not true. The proof is in the pudding.
However, I did notice a decline in comments on my blog for quite some time now and while I don’t really live ‘for the numbers’, it makes me a little sad to think of many people that used to blog themselves and who used to stop by but now have completely fallen off the face of the
earth blogosphere. Have you noticed that, too?
Personally, I have been blogging for over 10 years now (what?) and I can attest to the fact that blogging has changed and evolved over the last decade. It’s not what it used to be, but it’s still my favorite thing on a Saturday morning to sit down with a cup of coffee and catch up on blogs, and read about people’s lives. I think a lot of my energy for reading has shifted from books to blogs (ok, ok, I am also still reading books – don’t worry) and I can’t imagine it not being part of my life.
I don’t know how you feel. I love Instagram as much as the next person. I would say it’s easily my favorite social media platform, but I think it is kind of sad that blogging and commenting on blogs has gone down so much and shifted to shorter Instagram-posts. I mean, I get it. It’s less time consuming to scroll through your Instagram feed and then occasionally leave a comment or a “like”. But for me it’s a different way to connect (if that makes sense).
Twitter is the platform for quick interactions, a sort of question-and-answer kinda game. However, there is also a lot of “over-sharing” going on and on most days, I have a hard time keeping up with it all.
Facebook has become a micro-blogging platform with people just unloading their immediate thoughts in a quickly typed-up status update. Sure, that’s fun, too and I enjoy the interactions and groups that I am part of.
I get it. All these social media platforms have their place and purpose (and everybody chooses how to engage in them), but in honesty, they don’t replace a blog. A blog is where I can go and really get to know someone if I want to invest the time.
For me, blogging is not dead. Yes, it has changed a bit over the years. More people do it and aspire to get some kind of Internet fame out of it, but in the end it’s just a way to connect with like-minded people and I am generally of the assumption that you get out what you are willing to put in.
I don’t know, I read a lot that the people who still love blogging (and obviously like getting comments!), do it more with the idea in mind that they write for other people, but don’t want to feel like they have to go and read/comment back on other people’s blogs. Uhm, but you realize that this is how this whole blogging thing works, right?
Unless you (already) have a huge following and a business-like approach to your blog (I understand that you can’t read and comment on the blogs of your 1000+ subscribers), don’t you want that personal connection to your readers?
If my words don’t connect me to you, that’s fine. It doesn’t always happen. But I want this to be a community, a give and take. I hope you do know that I appreciate every single one of you who comes here to read and even sometimes leave comments. I do my best to reply back and to come and read about your life, too, if you have a blog.
I am not aspiring to make money from my blog, nor do I try to write for the masses. I write about what I want to write about, because writing has always been part of me and I want to continue doing it. But my words on my own terms, not influenced by trends or how many “likes” I can get.
Who’s with me?