Blogging is Dead. That’s what I keep reading. Well-known bloggers are giving up the practice–moving on to other things. Facebook and Twitter is where everyone goes for “the conversation”. Opinions and reviews and rants are better said in 140-character Tweets. And an Instagram “selfie” is worth a thousand words.
I did not do any research or reading about the changes to the blogging culture prior to my decision to import my old blog to a new location and teach myself some basic design using CSS.
A few friends did offer advice on the direction they thought my “new blog” should take. (Good advice, I might add.) So I began researching–looking for topics to write about. And that led me to the fact that blogging is dead. “Old-school-long-form-journal-about-your-life-here’s-my-take-on-a-topic” blogging is no longer popular or profitable
So why write a blog anymore?
Because writing is not dead. One of the reasons I started a blog was to form the habit of writing consistently. It worked. Restarting this blog has been difficult because gaining that consistency back is hard. Turning off the distractions at the end of the day and concentrating on writing is difficult. It’s easier to post to Facebook. Click on a few links, take a survey, or re-tweet someone else’s thoughts. Blogging or “journalizing”, or free-form ranting breaks through those distractions and leads to consistent writing.
Writing is not dead. Long-form, free-flowing writing has led to great works of literature. I don’t have any preconceived notions that I may write great literature, but, I can write. I am a writer.
Blogging is supposedly no longer where “the conversation” with readers takes place. Other social media has taken up that position. You write a status update on Facebook and then people(readers) write comments, objections, critiques, and offer praise. The person can be instantly gratified for his update upon logging back into the social media site or thanks to “smartphones”, be instantly notified at every new comment without being near a computer screen.
I love attention. I love posting updates on social media sites, and I love that instant gratification of receiving a comment on the update. When I was writing this blog many years ago, I wrote about topics I knew would elicit comments. It was “cool” that my articles had people reading and discussing my topics. Sometimes an article, published many months before; received a comment from someone just discovering it for the first time. It’s not often, that someone comments on a social media update from 9 months ago.
Have you ever tried to read someone’s Twitter feed from 9 months ago? Good luck reading all the way back to someone’s Twitter feed from just 2 months ago.
What am I trying to say? Who knows?
I guess, it’s my free-form way of saying, I’m a writer, I’m going to write. I’m going to write at this blog. I will not write for thousands of readers(yet) and I will not write from any new formula or plan for Blogging 2.0–The New Way to Blog and I will not write to please or satisfy critics of blogging.
I’m a writer, and I’m going to write for me. And I believe, every now and then, someone will read something here, and decide to comment. Maybe not “instantly”. Maybe they will mull it over in their head a week or two and come back and give me a “piece of their mind”. I’m good with that.
And to all those experts out there that are saying the art of blogging is dead…I say, blogging is writing. Writing is not dead. I’ll keep writing until…
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