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