Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Future of Blogging

(So, I posted something that I wasn't done working on. Sorry about that.)

Since we're talking about it, what do you think about blogging?

I had the opportunity to hang out with a group of amazing blogging ladies last week. There was talk about the different social medias out there (blogging, fb, twitter).

But the center of conversation was if blogging was dying.

There was mention that there weren't as many comments or people connecting anymore. Yes, blogging helps us connect with people all over the world, we can speak our minds, and we can inform others of things that are happening not only in our professional lives but also our personal lives.

But then there was talk about time. (Being a writer has taught me how important time is to my career.) Blogging involves writing posts and connecting with other people, but people didn't have time to put in four hours a day into blogging or searching for people with common interests.
There was talk that FB was faster. It only took a few minutes to leave comments and posting only takes a few seconds. Twitter was the same, plus that's where the agent talk is. The cons to twitter is that it can be confusing.

In my personal opinion, I don't think blogging is dying, but slowing down (most of my writing-blogging friends aren't posting each day like they did when they first started blogging). But blogging offers a unique outlet for information. It allows more than a 140 letter message, permitting us to really speak our minds, let other's know what's happening, or post a volume of pictures to embarrass our kids when their older (okay, you can do that one on FB too).

So put your two cents in. What do you think about blogging? Is it on it's way out?  Slowing down? Outdated like an old broken down Gremlin (you know, like that old car my friend used to pick me up for high school in). What do you think?


N. R. Williams said...

Hi Carolyn
My guess is that as writers find success, they simply don't have time to devote to their blogs as they used to. I often have trouble with time and as I challenge myself to produce more it will only get worse. That said, I think it is a viable outlet and I think that when we have a fan base, we will see many more comments from them, like, "when is the next book coming?" That's my hope anyway.

Christy Monson said...

I think it fulfills a different purpose--like you say--than facebook or twitter. It's easy to understand and user-friendly. I have friends that leave meaningful posts once a week now instead of daily. Once a week is doable. Daily is overwhelming to me. I think you and your friends are right on the money!