Is it possible? Could something that was so impossibly popular for the past few years no longer be in vogue?
My blogs (yes, plural) have never had a huge readership. I’m pretty clear on ‘why’ and that’s fine, but I’ve noticed a significant drop in my statistics over the past few months. I know part of this is due to my now posting once a week as opposed to daily. Actually, more and more bloggers are posting less frequently. And some blogs (some of them quite popular) are going away completely.
I know as a reader, I blog-hop far less than I used to. In fact, I don’t hop so much as crawl these days. I’m overwhelmed with commitments. I can’t justify spending an hour or two or even 30 minutes blog-hopping. It was a bit of an obsession before. Something new and shiny. Something I couldn’t get enough of. But now I’m sort of over it and I have a sneaking suspicion a lot of other people are over it, too. Hence the less frequent posts. Hence bloggers signing off for good.
I don’t plan on signing off. I like it here. But I don’t foresee my going back to blogging daily. A blog post should be entertaining or educational. I don’t have the time or energy to deliver either/both on a daily basis. I admire those who do. Like sitcom writer Ken Levine or novelist Neil Gaimon. It’s a gift, I tell you.
Where was I?
Ah, yes. The demise of the blog. Do you see it, too? Are you posting less? Blog-hopping less? The question is what are you doing instead? Are you hip to some new Internet fad? Please don’t say Twitter. Something bugs me about text-based updates like, “I’m standing in line at the bank.” And I care because? Maybe I just don’t understand the true workings of Twitter.
So… any new obsessions? Any forecasts on the next hot social networking fad? Or are you like me? Focusing on off-line obligations?
PS: Speaking of blogging... check out my Sunday post on 'Critiques' at Babes In Bookland!
PSS: Knowing some folks visit my website , but not my blog, I added a discussion board at my website. Unfortunately, so far, no one has been brave enough to chime in and so far I'm talking to myself. Even if only this once, please hop over and participate. That way I won't feel like a complete--ahem--loser.