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As we move into a new year, I thought I’d make a comment about blogging.

It’s changed.

It’s no longer a unique source of information. With over-saturation in the field, the passing of time and the allure of immediacy via social media, the excitement of subscribing and commenting on a multitude of blogs has waned.

As an early blogger, a subscriber/reader and social media dabbler, I’ve seen this shift manifested in several ways: Those e-mails announcing a new post are so 2008. For most people, they were replaced with RSS readers that, in turn, became unwieldy as the online publishing field grew, making them more a dreaded chore than a pleasure due to sheer quantity  … and, clicking through links to read a full article and leave a comment seems to be happening these days only when a title and ‘need to know’ is totally compelling.

This is not surprising. It’s life. We all evolve. Our interests change. And we move on.

So, what does this mean? I don’t know. It’s just an observation but I sense the era of blogging peaked a couple of years ago. As we enter 2015, I predict that unless one is blogging for $$$ (FOODalogue does not), more people will be sharing for ‘Likes’ and ‘s’ via Facebook, Instagram and the like.

… until the next new thing comes along.

It doesn’t mean I’m giving up FOODalogue. I still enjoy every aspect of it. And it doesn’t mean that your occasional visits and conversation don’t mean as much as they always did. They are my payment-in-kind for the effort expended. It just means, I guess, that I understand if you don’t. I still love the time and common interest we share even if it’s less frequently.

Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful holiday season and a great new year!


 

20 Comments, RSS

  • Evfelyne@cheapethniceatz

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    December 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Happy Holidays to you to Joan. And I agree I have seen the shift too. I stick to what I have always said: if I am still having fun keep doing it. I hope you will be around for a long time still.

    • Joan Nova

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      December 12, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks Evelyne. You too! I enjoy our CCC challenges.

  • angela@spinachtiger

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    December 12, 2014 at 4:09 pm

    It’s hard to keep up with. I actually need the money, so in order for me to afford to blog, I do have advertising and I do recipe developing, but along with that, my quality has improved, and our food homelife is better than ever, so it’s a win for me. However, I can’t keep up with some of the craziness of social media, nor do I want to. A blogger who was part of a pinning group with me said she no longer pins with us because she had hired a pinterest admin person who does all that. So in essence her pins are not her own. That’s too much for me. I also know a lot of bloggers who hire people to facebook and tweet for them, which is a bit disturbing. I still subscribe to the high quality blogs and I know the women in my neighborhood use blogs every day to find recipes so it’s a good thing. The biggest change I see coming is video,which is why I started a video channel. That is growing way faster than anything else, but it’s tremendous work. I hope you stay; you seem to be in a position to just enjoy blogging any old way you want to and that’s such a gift.

    • Joan Nova

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      December 12, 2014 at 5:06 pm

      It’s been quite a journey since we started and I love how most of us, and our skill sets, have grown. Who would have thought 6 years or so ago, we’d have found our voices and point-of-view; how we now understand computer-speak, coding, appropriate camera settings, etc.? And, best of all, we’ve made friends along the way. No complaints.

      Best wishes to you and Doug for the holidays — and new year!

  • bellini

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    December 12, 2014 at 10:12 pm

    I agree that blogging has definitely changed. The number of blogs out there has made it impossible to maintain the tight knit community that it once was. With the focus now on statistics, branding,etc. the focus has changed. For me and I think for you too, we blog because we enjoy it…plain and simple. A very Merry Christmas. We will see you in February!!!

  • Patricia Durr-Turo

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    December 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I came to this conclusion some time ago. The personal value of communicating with people sometimes far away was fun and important to me. Although I mostly post my photography these days, I am thankful for one thing if nothing else, having met Joan Nova through blogging. Happy Holiday’s Joan to you and your family. I look forward to a fun year shooting with you.

    • Joan Nova

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      December 13, 2014 at 10:47 am

      What a nice thing to say! Thank you — and right back at ya’

  • Victoria of Flavors of the Sun

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    December 13, 2014 at 10:45 am

    Joan, you really hit the nail on the head. I still enjoy reading my favorite blogs, but just don’t have time to add new ones. And my own poor blog has become almost an orphan, as my husband’s health issues took precedence. I recognize that I am of an older generation and accept that I have no need to compete, nor have I any interest in Instagram (maybe for travel for family and friends–maybe), less in Twitter, zip for Facebook (again…fam and friends), and “likes” just don’t work for me, though I accept that they are important for so many. Like you…I’m not sure what this all means. Maybe just that I recognize it, accept it, and can just not worry as I carry on in my own small way.
    Victoria of Flavors of the Sun recently posted..Autumn Cobb Salad with Smoky Butternut Squash DressingMy Profile

    • Joan Nova

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      December 13, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks for adding to the conversation. Best wishes for the holidays to you and your family.

  • Sally - My Custard Pie

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    December 14, 2014 at 6:09 am

    Best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and the New Year Joan.
    Yes blogging has changed, and it’s not like a small village anymore but a huge metropolis. It can be daunting as there are so many accomplished voices and so people with stellar talent. Also so much advice on how you should be blogging. A post like this reminds you to get back to basics and focus on why you blog (not why everyone else does). xx
    Sally – My Custard Pie recently posted..Slow cooker Christmas: braised red cabbageMy Profile

    • Joan Nova

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      December 14, 2014 at 6:35 am

      Well said, Sally! Thank you for your comment and your friendship over the years — and over the great distance! Best wishes to you and yours for the new year.

  • deana@lostpastremembered

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    December 14, 2014 at 8:37 am

    I used to read and comment on blogs every day. Now, there just isn’t time. I look over my favorites and respond when I post. I love doing it when I do it. It should be fun and not a chore as should blogging.

    You and LAz are great to do the challenge but even thought I love being a part of it, it’s been a crazy year and I have had to cut back on blogging. Keep up the great work and spirit that you share with us all. Happy holiday!

    • Joan Nova

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      December 14, 2014 at 9:06 am

      Thank you for kind words. Best wishes for the holidays — and I hope you’ll find time to participate in CCC more in 2015.

  • La Diva Cucina

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    December 17, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I had a friend start my blog for me because I would email photos of cool stuff to friends, he thought I was ready. So Christmas day years ago (when? seven years ago?) I started with my very first blog post. I blog primarily because I love to write. I had a great community of bloggers with different blogs and personalities, NOT all foodies, which made it interesting. My voice was sassy and funny but over time, I got more serious and my sassy snappy voice is gone. (for now) I don’t like that at all. I had someone complain about the length of my blog post once, as I am a story teller and thought about the lack of attention that some people have who can’t even finish a story made me angry. “Your articles have to be so and so long” I was told. Well, life and stories aren’t that way sometime. Then I stopped adding my step by step recipes because it was too much work to give away my content anymore for free, esp when considering a cookbook. I thought about doing my blog with advertising and for money but it has also supported the La Diva Cucina brand online and I could never dilute that with anyone else’s crap on my page or site. I too thought about the video aspect but you have to be very slick in producing otherwise it comes off as amateur and that is a bad reflection on my business, so I’ve given that up, it’s just another thing to do that I can’t keep up with anyway. I have to thank Joan Nova and Laz for giving me blog fodder for the last few years now, it’s been fun to think about and execute the challenges, see what everyone else is doing, especially when my own creativity seems to go through periods of staleness. I’ve not written a blog post since September, the longest break ever! My blog is off blogspot and I”m now merged with my business webpage on WordPress but I am slowly recategorizing all of my old entries and installing a recipe plug in, so have to do that too. Too much, not sure what I’m going to do but I do know that I’m going to post on our cooking page a funny Christmas blog post I did when I still had my sassy voice. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, fellow bloggers!
    La Diva Cucina recently posted..Avocado DOUBLE HAPPINESS: Avocado Pasta with Crab and Avocado Coconut Ice Cream!My Profile

    • Joan Nova

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      December 17, 2014 at 9:05 am

      Thanks for adding your thoughts here. We all start out because we love food, writing, photography — and sharing! Or some combination thereof. But only other bloggers understand the continual education, hard work and depth of conviction it takes to go beyond that first post. Congrats on your tenure in the community — and don’t give up your sassiness. It makes you YOU!

  • Arlene

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    December 17, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I have to agree with you, Joan. I also see lots more posts that are sponsored (often non-food related). I continue to blog, but more as a way of preserving recipes so I don’t have to search through my still too big collection of cookbooks (I suppose I could index them, but blogging’s more fun). I get very few comments on my blog anymore, but when I began in 2008, I visited a good many more blogs myself. As you noted, everything changes and that’s a neutral statement. Happy Holidays to you!

    • Joan Nova

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      December 17, 2014 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you Arlene. So nice to hear from you!

  • sippitysup

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    December 20, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I couldn’t agree more. It makes me sad, but it would make me even sadder to quit! XOGREG Have a great Christmas. Here’s to 2015.
    sippitysup recently posted..By: LizthechefMy Profile

  • Norma

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    December 27, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    How did I miss….You make a lot of sense and I must thank you for being my Mentor. Wishing you a very Happy New Year…
    Norma recently posted..FORBIDDEN RICE + GARLICKY OCTOPUS – ARROZ PROHIBIDO Y PULPO AL AJILLOMy Profile

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