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?