Monday, April 20, 2020

Quo tendimus? #atozchallenge

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The team decided our theme for this month's posts here would be "2020 visions of blogging." This set of weekday posts focuses on:
Blogging Hopes And Dreams For The Future

#AtoZChallenge 2020 Blogging from A to Z Challenge letter Q

Quo tendimus? Where are we going? Where will blogging be next year, five years from now, and further on?

I think you'll start seeing people leaving the traditonal blogging platforms and using social media to share their ideas instead. Twitter and Facebook (and the alternative social media platforms) are already being used as blogs by many users. Some have escaped the written word entirely, using YouTube to create vlogs, Soundcloud and Anchor to create podcasts. The advantages are many: the platforms are easier and more intuitive to use, it's easier for readers/viewers/listeners to leave comments, there isn't the concern about your theme being incompatible with mobile platforms, and so on. There are disadvantages as well: limitations on number of words, necessity of additional tools and production techniques, and so on.

One change that I hope to see is to move commenting and conversations away from the blog to social media. Doing that would solve one of the biggest problems we have: having a commenting system that was platform-independent. It's worth a thought, isn't it?

Those are my thoughts. What are yours?

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Buttercup said...

I've got my other platforms, but blogging is still my favorite. I'm prepared to change, but happy to keep blogging.

ladyleemanila said...

just happy blogging… have a lovely week :)

Gonz said...

I actually used "Quo" last year, so I promised I wouldn't in 2020. Let me invite you to Dal Quor, where sweet nightmares are made of...

Mary B said...

So many are quick to give up. I know I have my moments when I want to throw in the towel. But it's plain curiosity that keeps me going. Maybe I am becoming a cat?

Jingle Jangle Jungle - #AtoZChallenge: Q
Literary Gold - #AtoZChallenge: Quicksand!

Frédérique - Quilting Patchwork Appliqué said...

Blogging suits me!
Q is for Quilting Longarm

Susan Sanderson said...

I have had people using Twitter to comment on my blog. It works!

Viyoma said...

My concern on moving out of this blogging platform entirely is how do I go back & review my own posts
I m on twitter - but rarely I go back & read my old tweets.

Blog is like a personal diary with less noise- that's how I feel at this point of time. said...

there is all information is very good thanks for the sharing

Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

There are various widgets and apps you can add to your site to make your blog mobile-friendly, user-friendly and comment-friendly. Sometimes it just takes a bit of searching to find what you are looking for.

An A-Z of Faerie: Banshee

Cathy Kennedy said...

I don't think blogging will vanish completely. I think there will always be some will cling to this platform with me being one of them. It took me forever to move away from snail-mail to email and perhaps if the postal service was so notorious for raising the cost to send a letter I'd be doing it still today. I haven't really connected with the Twitter and as for Facebook I'm there but in a hugely social way. There's generally too much drama floating around on FB and I'd rather stay out of that it Thanks for co-hosting the annual event, John. I'll see you at your place in a little while. Have a good day and I hope everyone reading this is healthy. God bless!

Cathy's Pinup Girl Art Sketch Series 'Q'

Jeanne Bryan Insalaco said...

I enjoy my blogging as I’ve mainly used it to write family stories and I print my posts in book form yearly.

The mommy blogger said...

I am looking for growing from blogging to being a published author.

-Ujjwal Mishra

Linda Gardiner said...

I would love to see activity from the challenge move to Instagram. The only thing I use Facebook for is to cross post my blog, otherwise I don't engage there. Being a fabric artist so much of what I post is image driven. Instagram works so well for that. I have wondered since I started joining the challenge why there are so few visual artists who sign up. I keep hoping each year there will be more. The challenge has been a great distraction this year.

Pulp Paper & Pigment-My Fiber Art Blog

Sharon E. Cathcart said...

Facts About Pompeii: Q is for Quadriportico dei Teatri

KatyTrailCreations said...

I don't use Facebook or Twitter as much as a lot of people. I check in on family and post my blog links there but rarely say much otherwise. I do love Instagram but have avoided it during the Challenge this year since I've not been doing the quilting block theme. Interested to see where it all goes.

Charan Deep Singh said...

In its current form no social media platform replicates rich features of blogging.

Today I wrote about lockdown trends. Read from letter Q - Quotidian Tasks / Trends, where I explore banality of our lives in lockdown and how social media is helping us glamorize this.

Janet said...

Facebook is not what it used to be and I rarely stay there long. I can spend hours reading blogs though.

Anne M Bray said...

You forgot Instagram, which for bloggers that are Visual Artists, or Fashion Bloggers is probably more used than the "traditional" WP, Blogger, and built-in template website ancillary blog sections.

I don't understand what you mean by "...having a commenting system that was platform-independent."
Maybe you're talking about Twitter, which I rarely use?

An issue with depending upon social media sites to blog is -- it's difficult to archive posts to an external source.
A bigger issue is, THEY control how the information is presented (I'm naming mostly Instagram problems)
• algorithmic vs sequential on Instagram
• the possibility that your site will be hijacked by hackers and you will lose total control of your account
• the platform bots will decide that your material is inappropriate and put you in "platform jail" (Facebook)

Joy Weese Moll said...

Q is hard -- I like going with a Latin phrase!

I chose Q is for Quirkiness

asha said...

Let me ask some questions today, some uncomfortable questions that we bury deep within us as we don't want to face them. And no, I am not providing any answers.

kaykuala said...

Q for Quench


Aditya said...

To some extent, I agree that sharing of ideas would slowly move to the social sites , and would reduce on the blogging sites. But at the same time the serious writing in form of blog would still need a separate platform and separate reader.

For today its Quail or Kada Fry

vesseys said...

I agree with many who have a voice and relationships in the blogsphere -FB and Twitter are not the same.
Do what works for your art form.
The Letter Q

Wendy said...

I hope blogging doesn't disappear. I use FB and Instagram but not much - mainly to see what family members are up to. I gave up on Twitter - too much of a constant distraction and I never really got the hang of it. Commenting is something that could be improved, particularly by Blogger.