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.