Friday, January 8, 2016

Have the Rumors of Blogging's Demise Been Exaggerated?

Is blogging dead?


I've been seeing articles, blog posts and commentary on social media proclaiming its doom for the past couple of years now. Here are links to some of the articles I've found:

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/01/blogging-isnt-dead-old-school-blogging-definitely-dying 
http://alliworthington.com/blog/blogging-is-dead-publishing-is-dead-tv-is-dead
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2014/12/01/is-blogging-dead-how-blogs-are-changing-and-how-you-can-stay-on-top/
http://thebloggess.com/2015/09/the-answer-to-the-question-is-blogging-dead/
http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2014/02/nothing-left-to-say-the-decline-and-fall-of-blog-comments/
http://www.declineoftheempire.com/2015/02/is-blogging-dead-snark.html

When I started blogging some years ago, it was something I did only for myself. After watching my mother's memories disappear in the wake of a series of strokes, I worried it might happen to me, too, so I started keeping a blog--an online journal just for myself. If anyone read it, fine. If not, I was okay with that, too.

Eventually, I also started an author blog--but in the past year, I confess I've lost interest in both. I've gone back and forth on whether or not to continue blogging. Finally, I decided to post once a week, see how it goes.

I've noticed several bloggers I was following have either deleted their blogs or just haven't posted in months.

Have you seen a decline in your blog traffic? Do you find you now interact with more people on social media than you do on your blog?

Do you think blogging is going the way of the dinosaur?

27 comments:

  1. I have seen some bloggers just vanish into the woodwork. I think the ones who are doing it to give writing tips just run themselves out of things to say- the same applies to those who are just engaged in self promoting. I think if a blogger's having fun with it, that shows though.

    Photoblogging is an entirely different story, though, almost requiring different categorization.

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    1. I think you're right on all counts.The fun you have with your writer blog certainly shows! And yes, photoblogs are a breed apart.

      The self-promotion stuff gets really old, especially since there are so many of them. I'm an author, but even I don't want to read one post after another of authors pushing their books. One thing that annoys me is writing advice from writers who haven't really done anything yet, or marketing advice from somebody who's consistently at the bottom of the sales heaps.

      I've seen a decline in comments, both on my own blogs and most of those I follow. One article recommends deactivating comments, suggesting it's detrimental for prospective new readers to see so few comments. I thought about doing that, mainly to make it easier for people to read my posts and not feel obligated to comment.

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  2. I think people don't follow as many blogs as before but some of your followers appear to be very loyal.

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    1. A handful of loyal followers is fine with me!

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  3. My main original reason for blogging was to share my writing, and then to find more readers. I don't think many new readers find me that way, anymore, but I like to keep up with the readers I already have. It's nice to check in with my writing friends, too--but I have to keep in mind that any blogging I do gets in the way of my other writing time.

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    1. A lot of my favorite traditionally-published authors have websites, but I can't say I've ever seen more than two or three of them. I'm so tired of the constant stream of Buy My Book messages on Facebook, I left a lot of groups there, too. It's made me not want to read at all.

      I used to post some of my writing on my blog, too, but there's a bigger audience at Write On by Kindle, so my author blog's pretty useless now!

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  4. I have my favorite bloggers that I try to keep up with. But I am trying to do more of my work and sitting at the computer less.
    Plus it takes me so long to read and then post my own blog.
    I have a facebook page and liken page but I will drop them. I just do not have the time.
    I love seeing what everyone is doing but I need to pace myself.

    cheers, parsnip

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    1. Same here, Gayle. Following a lot of blogs took up so much time, I wasn't getting a lot of writing done. I cut back, just following my favorites, and I'm finally ready to publish my next book!

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    2. Now, if I can just get rid of this cold (or whatever it is) so I can get finished!

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  5. I've been overwhelmed things at home and can't even do my regular writing. Forget the Blog. I still manage once every couple of months, but I really don't follow that many blogs.

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    1. I can manage one blog post per week, so far. And that's if I restrict my online time.

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  6. I remember when I had my previous publisher telling me I had to do a post on his blog weekly. I said I couldn't do it more than once a month. He seemed to think blogging was the way to get people who want to read your books to find your books. I found out by speaking to a lot of everyday folks who read and they said they didn't read blogs. Some didn't even know they existed. So, I learned that the publishers were out of touch with everyday people who want to read. That was a mere 5-6 years ago. I found that it made no difference as far as sales, and still doesn't.
    I used to be frustrated as to how few people left comments. At this point, it really doesn't matter. I'm making less posts and wondering if any of it's worth it any more. Good food for thought, Norma.

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    1. Traditional publishers have been out of touch with the real world for a long, long time!

      I've toyed with the idea of giving up blogging off and on for a while now. But beware: if you shut down a blog, blogsquatters will snap it up and use it to get whatever followers you have to look at the crap they post.

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  7. I love blogging... but I don't love it the way I used too. I feel like it takes too much time (to write and then visit, read, comment, etc) on everyone's posts. I find myself catching up (on my blog and others) once a week... Which makes me sad... I think all the advances of social media has ruined blogging a little. It is much quicker and easier to read a tweet then a 500 word essay...

    And THANK you for reviewing Bea!! I am so happy you enjoyed th book!

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    1. It is really time-consuming--and most bloggers won't follow you unless you also follow them. Also, we as authors reach more people via Facebook and Twitter. I've found I make more sales by NOT pushing my books. I just spend a lot of time making smartass comments on Facebook pages of TV shows, movies, etc. that I watch regularly. People get curious and check me out.

      I loved Bea--but I cam to the party so late with my review, there was little left to say that hadn't already been said!

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  8. I know what you mean. I started my blog as a companion to getting the first book published, and blogged about my weird writing methods and the damaged brain that made it hard to write.

    But I slowly pushed through all that, and published late last year, and I'm wondering what exactly there is left to blog about.

    I also used to post a new scene every week - but I'm not sure I want to write the second book in the trilogy in public - blogging those scenes was extra work every week.

    Thing is, though, I miss it. And I still find myself desperately searching for something to READ on other people's blogs. I miss that - since many seem to be posting far less.

    Dunno what I'll do, but you're right about the whole thing: changes.

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    1. Have you tried Write On by Kindle? It sound like the perfect outlet for you to post your stuff and see what other writers are doing.

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  9. I never saw the good of them for promotion anyway. Unless you offer something people want (how to change your camera settings, how to make a chicken broccoli casserole, how to clean your oven in one easy step, etc.) you won't get much traffic. I started mine because it seemed like something where I could write down thoughts and experiences. I'd thought to do book reviews at first, but realized I had no time for them. Now it's more of a journal. But it's for me, not for any fans, future fans, or hoped-for fans!

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    1. It doesn't help enough to be doing it several times a week, that's for sure.

      I've seen writers use their blogs to promote their books, but they do things that backfire. Begging for sales, pleading with readers to buy books so the author can pay their rent, child's college tuition, etc. doesn't work because it makes most readers think the book in question isn't good enough to sell without the author playing the pity card.

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  10. I try to post something at least once a week on my blog. Often other duties keep me from doing so. I'm not promoting anything but really enjoy posting as well as reading things other bloggers post on their blogs.

    Sadly, many of the blogs I used to follow have vanished or morphed into tedious repeats of the same advice or sales pitch. Happily though, there remain some delightful blogs I try to never miss!

    I don't think blogging is dead. It's a bit like the difference between reading whole news articles and skimming the headlines. Sometimes we choose not to slow down and stay a while.

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    1. I think you may be right, Lynn. Even if I were to ever stop blogging myself, I still have my favorite bloggers on my Feedly app and would continue to follow them.

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  11. I'm still having fun with mine Norma but as William said it's more a photo-blog with a wee bit of chatter thrown in :)

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    1. I think photoblogs are a whole different species. Your followers aren't going to tire of your posts because we get to see a part of the world we haven't yet been able to visit in person. Much more personal than a travel guide.

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  12. I am still a blogging junkie. I have many blogs for posting photos and for writing poetry. I don't think blogging is ready to be sent to pasture just yet.

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  13. I am still a blogging junkie. I have many blogs for posting photos and for writing poetry. I don't think blogging is ready to be sent to pasture just yet.

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  14. I don't know. This is something I hear a lot about, is blogging dead? I dunno. But I do know that because of blogging, I'm not branching out to other forms of social media.

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