Why Start a New Blog When Blogging is Dead?
I have heard the sad news that blogging is dead. That blogging has gone the way of Myspace. So why would I started a new blog? Well…I don’t agree that blogging is dead. I think blogging is very much alive. Blogging looks different than it used to, but it is far from dead.
Back in 2004, I started a blog on Blogger. I had just found out I was pregnant with my first little boy and wanted a place to share photos and update our family on what was going on. Once my son was born I used the blog for baby photos and to talk about our days. Everything I wrote was about us and no one other than friends and family was able to see what I wrote.
Do you remember Xanga?
I joined Xanga in 2005, right before my husband joined the military. This was the first time I enteracted with others through a form of blogging. Sometime in 2005, my best friend begged me to get on Myspace. So I did just that. Myspace led to Facebook and by the time 2006 came around I thought my blog was just repeating what I was posting on Facebook.
I think it was about 2008 when I started realizing people were not just blogging for their families but also for the public. I loved the idea. You would write on topics and others would comment. Life went on and finally, in 2009 I started my first public blog.
Since 2009, my blogging style has changed. At first, I included more personal posts. I would talk about my day, my pregnancy, my kids. Over the years this changed to blogging more about certain topic and including personal stories within the topics. This meant I didn’t tell my readers about my weekend but I might share about a special weekend that tied into a blog topic.
Blogging is different than it was back in 2003 and even in 2009 or 2012.
There are a lot less personal blogs out there these days and you need to be more creative in order to draw people in. Click bait is everywhere because it works even if it is frustrating to read. A lot of bloggers are also getting more into video and podcasting which is great. Some are leaving their blogs behind and others are just adding these forms of media to what they already have.
Facebook is still popular, Twitter too. Instagram and Pinterest don’t seem to be going anywhere. Google+ is falling away and Snapchat has gained some new popularity lately. There are so many different ways to be on social media and connect a blog to your accounts then there used to be.
When I first had the idea to start this blog, I did wonder if I was too late to start something new. That the time to do so had already passed. But once I thought about it, I realized that blogging isn’t dead, it has just changed and as long as I can go with those changes I will be fine.
Who knows what the future holds for blogging?
Blogging has changed. The way we view information has changed and this can be exciting. There will be changes in the years to come and the blogging we see today will look different than it does today. I am excited to see what blogging will do in the years to come.