I just read this article in The New York Times saying that blogs are on the way out. Well, that isn’t exactly what it said–you can read the entire article if you click on the link at the bottom of the page. What it did say was that the younger set of folks who had blogged are turning to Facebook and Twitter as a means of getting their thoughts out rather than the typical blog. Well, yea, that does not surprise me at all. As a matter of fact I myself post my blog to both and probably get the majority of my views from folks who click on my blog entry there. No big surprise. People want it to be easy and if you can just click on a link on a site you are already on it saves a lot of clicking around and time!
The article also said that several platforms including Word Press that I use have not noticed a decline. My suspicion is that older folks (like moi) use these kinds of platforms and are more “serious” about blogging and keeping with it. I could be wrong but the article leaned in that direction.
So why blog? I imagine it is different for everyone. For me it all started with a move to Australia and the means to keep family and friends updated easily with our life there. And then it became an obsession and sometimes an addiction I admit. If I wasn’t able to write an entry for a couple of days I was a little antsy. I am always looking for interesting articles to comment on, pictures that I can take that speak volumes and then I digress to posting pictures of LOL Cats. Oh well.
I have made a lot of friends in the blogosphere (you all know who you are and THANKS) and it has been a pretty great way of reaching out over miles and other boundaries . I have several bloggers that I follow religiously and am always looking for more. I check my stats daily and try to “boost” my numbers. I strive to have a perfect clean looking blog. It defines me at times.
So what do you think? Do you think blogs are dying? Are you an addict like me? On a parting note on a recent visit to the doctor my husband was asked what his spouse’s job was. He said I was a blogger–sounds a lot better than a non working spouse who sponges off the good will of her husband, doesn’t it? The doctor just looked at him and asked “What is that?”. Still need some education out here in the midwest. Let me know what you think about this article!!!