On blogging 2011

I get the impression that blogging has changed in the past year.  I know I read fewer blogs on a regular basis, and I think fewer people read mine. Partly I think it’s to do with the rise in popularity of Facebook: that seems to me to have widened the range of personal connections, while reducing communications to very short messages, or replies to messages. (Twitter is different. I find it unsatisfying and one-sided.) I like Facebook for its immediacy and range of opinion, to which I can respond or not depending on whether or not I feel like it. And I’ve sometimes set out to seek opinion on some issues, not to be controversial, but just to honestly listen to differing points of view.

I see the reduction in the number of comments on blog postings – my own and others’ – as some proof that I’m right about the cause, particularly when people comment on blog postings on Facebook, rather than at the end of a blog.

However, I’m eternally grateful to poetry blogs in particular, for introducing me to people who’ve become friends in real life, and I include here here some I’ve gone on to publish – Marion McCready,  Morgan Downie, and a 2012 author Ross Wilson. Juliet Wilson I knew already, but her blog is excellent, and her postings were one of the reasons I wanted to publish her.

I hope the blogosphere isn’t in decline, but it’s changing, and I think the role and function of the blog needs to be redefined so it stays relevant and interesting. What do others think?


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Poet, publisher, gardener
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5 Responses to On blogging 2011

  1. Michael Harrison says:

    It is more of a fuss to comment on blogs than it once was, there are a lot of filters to go through and it has become a fashion to respond privately, by email, a resurgence of an old medium.

    And there are a lot of blogs to read these days som old bloggers have to share their attention time with new entries.

  2. I agree but I think there will come a point of rising dissatisfaction with the limitations of Facebook and possibly a revival in blogging. I know through stats that I have a much greater, regular readership than actual comments to my blog suggest and I think this is probably widely the case.

  3. Jim Murdoch says:

    I have made some efforts to come out of my shell this year. Marion encouraged me to become more active on Facebook and I’ve tried but I find it a dissatisfying and ultimately frustrating experience on the whole. It’s not that there’s not some interesting stuff on there because there is in fact I had a nice wee interchange with Marion this morning but when her blog post appeared in my feedreader I found I could then actually say something. Facebook is fine for keeping people aware of you but not for meaningful exchanges. I like it because I can go off topic – I do have other interests other than writing – but as for letting people know what mood I’m in … seriously, who cares, and, more importantly, who has time to care? My biggest gripe is how much crap you have to wade through – Whadyamacallit is now friends with Thingamyjig and Whojimaflip’s gone and changed his profile picture again – to get to the meaningful stuff.

    I think as people get older and more and more dissatisfied communicating in snippets they’ll move onto blogs.

  4. Rachel Fox says:

    Facebook will go out of fashion soon… and then what next… the new google thing? I tend to use facebook more for family and friends and not so much for what I call ‘work’ (and now many of the writing bloggers are firmly in the ‘friends’ category anyway).

  5. sunnydunny says:

    Thanks for the interesting comments so far. I’ll do a follow-up posting soon with my thoughts on where blogging and other social networking sites might go.

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