Lately I’ve been reading that blogging is dead, something many seem to have known about long before I came across this information.
I’ve seen posts giving reasons for this ranging from micrblogging and new technologies are killing it off to individuals don’t blog anymore, only professionals and corporations.
I know that video killed the radio star, but I’m left wondering what exactly is killing–or going to kill–blogging. I also don’t understand how 140 word tweets or Facebook status updates could replace a well-thought out post, and if individuals have stopped blogging I’d like to know just who or what I’ve been talking to through this whole WordPress thing?! Maybe it’s Target in disguise, you know, just a little friendly interest to better supply me with coupons. I’m on to you, big box stores ….
Other people talk about how content is now shared through larger platforms such as wikipedia instead of being shared in the personal space allowed by a blog. Wikipedia is certainly awesome, but it doesn’t allow me to cover the walls in my own doodles or build virtual ponds. If it did, wouldn’t it just be blogging?
Saying that blogging is dead because it no longer belongs to the realms of individuals and amateurs, or because it has competition from microblogging and larger websites is a distortion of the truth. To my thinking, blogging isn’t dead so much as it is changing. Maybe there are fewer individually run blogs, though I seem to find plenty on WordPress alone, but there is also a growth in collaborative blogging. Is blogging not cool unless it’s a lone endeavor? As bloggers are we supposed to be cut off from human cooperation, otherwise we’re just another silly organization? This seems to fly in the face of every experience I’ve had on wordpress, which seems to be all about community.
So is blogging dead, or are people jumping on the “blogging is dead” bandwagon in an attempt to seem in touch with the times on their own–wait for it–blogs?