Whither Blogging?

As I peruse my blogroll lately, I am finding more and more dead links. Links that once connected to lively discussions and interesting topics are now dead and displaying 401 errors and other such test patterns.

In the last few years, the definition of blogging has changed from that of an independent voice to that of a controlled environment– controlled by major media, and controlled by money.

Are we witnessing the end of the independent blogger? Is blogging for the little guy finally reaching its apex? Or has it already crested– now crashing down to earth in a fireball?

When I started blogging in 2004, it was an exciting new medium. You could find blogs about everything from cooking to music, from sex to politics. There were discussion blogs and “mommy” blogs. There were comedy blogs and, yes, even some tragic blogs. Nearly all of them were independent in nature. Blog ads were an unknown concept– making money on the medium had not even surfaced yet.

A year or two later, the landscape had changed considerably. Media outlets had taken notice of blogging’s popularity and power. More people jumped on the bandwagon, and ways to make money were devised. Eventually major players emerged and became just as famous as the medium that created them. Yet somehow everyone was still able to coexist in peaceful harmony.

Today, however, it seems that the tide has turned. The major players have been decided, and the independent voices are quickly starting to vanish. The media outlets that reported on blogging’s popularity had begun producing their own blogs, putting an end to many independent voices in their wake. The edges of what blogging initially meant had been blurred; its original meaning turned into the next passing fad.

I miss those early, glorious days. I miss meeting new people and seeing new names. I miss the excitement of discussing current events one day and your own personal crises the next with people I had never met before; and probably never will. I miss the camaraderie that was shared between the pioneers of the medium.

I don’t miss the fact that so many people are disappearing without even saying goodbye.

Whither blogging? Maybe not completely, but the definition is most certainly changing.

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0 thoughts on “Whither Blogging?

  1. With only a little over a year blogging under my belt, I have noticed the large number of “here today, gone tomorrow” blogs. Many times, I’d just get invested in one and they’d close up shop.

    Thankfully, there are those that are mainstays (such as yours — and welcome back from that hiatus, btw!). I’ve toyed with the idea of ads but have never done much to investigate the pros and cons? What are your thoughts on that issue?

  2. With only a little over a year blogging under my belt, I have noticed the large number of “here today, gone tomorrow” blogs. Many times, I’d just get invested in one and they’d close up shop.

    Thankfully, there are those that are mainstays (such as yours — and welcome back from that hiatus, btw!). I’ve toyed with the idea of ads but have never done much to investigate the pros and cons? What are your thoughts on that issue?

  3. I’ve only been reading daily blogs for a little over a year. And yes, some of the people I’ve gotten to know early on and have decided to move on. I just tell myself they moved and forgot to leave a forwarding address.

  4. I’ve only been reading daily blogs for a little over a year. And yes, some of the people I’ve gotten to know early on and have decided to move on. I just tell myself they moved and forgot to leave a forwarding address.

  5. I agree with you 100%. Part of the problem is that high traffic and ad revenue add unearned credibility to writing that plays at journalism.

    Another part of the problem is that some really wonderful individual voices get lost in the shuffle.

    I wish there were two seperate terms: One for the commercial or overexposed blog that has an agenda. One for the personal writing of average people who want to share their lives with the world.

    It’s only the second type that I ever bother with.

  6. I agree with you 100%. Part of the problem is that high traffic and ad revenue add unearned credibility to writing that plays at journalism.

    Another part of the problem is that some really wonderful individual voices get lost in the shuffle.

    I wish there were two seperate terms: One for the commercial or overexposed blog that has an agenda. One for the personal writing of average people who want to share their lives with the world.

    It’s only the second type that I ever bother with.

  7. You aren’t the only one who has noticed the hush over the blogosphere. It is weird. It is good to know that you are still going strong!!

  8. You aren’t the only one who has noticed the hush over the blogosphere. It is weird. It is good to know that you are still going strong!!

  9. I miss the early days too, when it wasn’t everyone from your mother to your dog blogging. We were a relatively small group. I think Myspace ruined it for us.

    It’s why I find myself writing less and less.

  10. I miss the early days too, when it wasn’t everyone from your mother to your dog blogging. We were a relatively small group. I think Myspace ruined it for us.

    It’s why I find myself writing less and less.

  11. I’ve always tried to look at blogging more as a journal of what’s going on in my life. It’s not political. It’s not environmental. It’s just about little old me and my daily life. Though it would be nice to have a wider recognition, I’m not going out of my way to force my blog on anyone.

    I do miss some of the bloggers from days gone by. People move on, realize that they don’t need the blog anymore, find more important or pressing thigns to do. That’s life.

  12. I’ve always tried to look at blogging more as a journal of what’s going on in my life. It’s not political. It’s not environmental. It’s just about little old me and my daily life. Though it would be nice to have a wider recognition, I’m not going out of my way to force my blog on anyone.

    I do miss some of the bloggers from days gone by. People move on, realize that they don’t need the blog anymore, find more important or pressing thigns to do. That’s life.

  13. I second what Greg said. God I’m such a lazy bastard!

    Yeah, blog/write for yourself… cuz that never goes out of fashion!!

  14. I second what Greg said. God I’m such a lazy bastard!

    Yeah, blog/write for yourself… cuz that never goes out of fashion!!

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