i write another blog post

At my job, there’s a little screen in the elevators that shows news headlines (I guess in a failed attempt to distract people from looking at their phones).

Today the screen reported a fall in blog use, saying that blog use had fallen from 72% to 65%.

As I say, the little screen show only a headline plus a short blurb for each story, so I have no idea what those percentages represent. Percentage of the population which reads blogs? Thinks about blogs? Has blogs? And over what span of time did this decrease happen?

Anyway, whatever it meant, I expect that it probably reflects some sort of reality. I’ve read two blog posts recently that referred to how the blog world is slowing down.

I was oddly happy to read the news — not that I’m glad the blog world is slowing down, but the alternative is that it’s just my blog, and that everybody else is more popular than ever.

That would have been depressing. 🙂

The reasons for this theoretical shift are probably the obvious. Facebook, Twitter, other social media. A general trend toward short-form internet communications. Probably other things I’m not thinking of.

There’s probably an aspect of convenience, too. It’s easier to join Facebook than to start and maintain a blog.

I don’t feel bad about any overall decline in blogging — it doesn’t seem to affect me, and it doesn’t seem to be something I have any control ovet.

I do feel bad about the good bloggers I know who have slacked off recently, but the blogs are still there.  They could still resume posting (I’ve seen that happen, too).

Meanwhile, what can I do about it? To paraphrase Robert Altman, I write another blog post.

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4 Responses to i write another blog post

  1. Maggie says:

    I’ve written about this a couple of times, too. I agree — it’s easier to keep up with other social media sites than a blog. With Instagram and Twitter, you don’t have to say as many words. It’s not as big of a commitment. Plus, they’re always saying that nobody reads anything anymore, so that might be part of it.

    • This may be why (based strictly on my own perceptions and no actual research whatsoever) writers of fiction tend to make committed bloggers. If you’re writing a novel, you’ve already given up on the idea that putting some words out into the world is going to be easy. 🙂

  2. SB Roberts says:

    Or maybe it means the angsty teenagers are leaving the blogosphere? (Just teasing. I couldn’t resist since I’ve known a few of those over the years. : ) )

    • I’ve known a few also, going back to before the word “blog” was around. I used to be on an email list (“email list” — that sounds pretty old-fashioned also) for Tori Amos fans, and In general that was a pretty angsty crew. I’m still friends with some of them on Facebook, but they’ve mostly aged out of the intense angst.

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