Someone told me just yesterday that blogging is dead—no one does it anymore and no one visits blogs. Say what?
Well, curious researcher that I am, of course I went after other opinions and maybe a few facts to back up my penchant for blogging or dispel the whole premise of it. And I discovered that the death of the blog has been reported nearly every year since around 2007. And then WordPress reports another 100,000 new bloggers signing up.
When I did this research, guess where I ended up most often—yup, at blog sites.
The problem I see with blogs is that there are so many. It’s a case of “So many good blogs and so little time to visit them all.” Blogs are being ignored because there are just such an overabundance of them in every category. At last count—in 2009—there were reportedly 133 million blogs up and running on a wide variety of topics, with many different opinions, styles, purposes, etc.
Sure some of those have been abandoned. I have two blog sites. While I post daily here, I rarely post at my Catscapades site. I know that there are others contributing to the illusion that blogging is dead by walking away from their blog sites. So what is left? Only the most useful sites being operated by the most dedicated bloggers who are actually serious about teaching, sharing, informing, enlightening and/or entertaining others on the subject or in the genre of their interest or their book.
Is blogging dead? What do you think? What is your experience? Do you think FaceBook has taken over where blogs leave off?