Thoughts on blogging in the present...
The team decided our theme for this month's posts here would be a take "2020 visions of blogging." This week posts focus on:
Blogging in the Present
Here and Now
Periodically we see the statement made that "Blogging is Dead (or dying). I don't think so. Since blogging is often a very personal and individualistic enterprise I think it is inevitable that some bloggers burn out, give up, or let their blogs languish on hold as a blogger waits for inspiration or ambition to rekindle.
What I've observed in my 10 1/2 years of blogging is that while bloggers may come and go or some seem to vanish and then reappear sometime later with their personal reason for doing so, the totality of the world of blogging remains consistent as bloggers either blog like they always have or their blogs transition and grow with the times.
Perhaps there is an illusion of a death or diminishing of blogging on the whole because we as bloggers fall into communities where we have our circles of blogging friends that we try to visit as much as possible or who we see commenting on our blogs with a certain regularity. The complacent blogger is limited to the world they know best and as they settle into their routine of blogging they may rarely if ever seek out new blogs. As bloggers within a community fade away, there is a sense that the entire realm of blogging is disappearing.
Those new blogs are out there I'm sure--I no longer dig up the new ones like I used to because I too have become a complacent lazy blogger. If it were not for the annual A to Z Challenge, I as well as you might never encounter a blog that has been previously unknown to us. Though I have no quantitative data to back up my claim, I think blogging remains strong in the here and now. You might have to look outside the community in which you have become ensconced to find those new-to-you blogs. Blogging after all involves some action on the part of you the blogger to keep finding more blogs. As always, there are more than you will ever be able to read or explore.
From your experience, what is the best way to find "new" bloggers? How has your blogging community changed since you first started blogging? Do you think blogging is dead or dying?
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