Is blogging going to disappear under a mountain of social media? I know they predicted the death of radio when television appeared, but there’s still radio though it’s different than it used to be. They predicted the end of newspapers and though they haven’t vanished, they have significantly diminished — but are reappearing as online entities. So, Dr. Tanya wants to know if blogging is disappearing.
During the COVID lockdowns, blogging became more popular and useful. Sharing experiences, knowledge, venting anxiety and remaining connected were things that made blogging fashionable. Again. What do you think?
I think the big wave of personal blogging (as opposed to marketing blogs — which aren’t blogs but businesses) — is slowing. Calling online businesses “blogs” is ridiculous. I wrote a lot on my business website, but it wasn’t a blog. It was a business. The writing helped me sell stuff. I wanted to be the J. Peterman catalogue — online and I did remarkably well. Pity about that 2008 crash, but calling it a blog is pretentious, or worse.
Most of the really good personal bloggers are retired, but that should not be a big surprise to anyone. I can’t imagine how I could have done what I’ve done while I was working. I was a writer and the majority of my work day was gathering data, writing, book design, editing, then editing it again. To then come home and write a blog would have been impossible. There weren’t enough hours in the day.
I think, to a degree, the great volume of personal blogs will diminish because the people who write them were retirees when they started and are older now. Time has a way with us, like it or not.
There’s also the endless issue of WordPress making the process of blogging increasing unpleasant. It used to be easy. Now, I have to struggle to find photographs in the mess they’ve made of the media library, the bizarre problems with login, comments, strange word spacing.
To say that they’ve taken something easy-to-use and made it pointlessly complicated is an understatement. I can beat it into submission, but why should I need to do that? The older I get, the more weary I get of trying to find creative ways to make this awful software work properly.
I’ve lost several friends online to whom I’d become close and I miss them. One of these years, I’ll be one of the missing. There’s an inevitability to life, aging, and well, death. Lately, there has been too much of that going around.
I had a fantastic first 10 years of blogging. I’m writing less frequently now. How odd that my decline coincides with the pointless complexity of WordPress’s “improved experience” software. What a coincidence! Maybe not all that coincidental, come to think of it. I love to write but having to battle the software? Not so much.
I don’t think younger people are going to take over blogging, not as we know it. It’s too time consuming, especially for people who have social lives, children, and are working. I couldn’t have done it. Sure there was an upward bump during the lockdowns — how many of them have there been? I’m losing count.
Regardless, this bump won’t last. Nothing lasts forever. I think social media, especially Facebook, will fade too. I think it has had its day and is already waning. Watch. You’ll see.
I do not think blogging will disappear. I think it will morph into something else. Similar but not quite the same. Maybe newsletters or “broadsheets.” Something more manageable timewise. Probably something you can publish weekly or bi-weekly for people with busier lives — and without lockdowns.
Things will change but somehow, they won’t change. The essence won’t change. As long as there are writers who want to communicate and there’s an internet, we will find it. We will reach out and find you, wherever you are.
Online writing will be different, yet somehow, the same. They will call it something else, but it will be the pictures and words conveying thoughts, opinions, advice, humor. It will always be there as long as people need to communicate.
And, most likely, the next generation of retirees will be writing a lot of it.