I heard something the other day and I haven’t been able to get it out of my head ever since: “Blogging is SO 5 years ago.” Could this be true? Do I care? I got to thinking.
I started my own blog back in January of 2006 on Blogspot and moved to WordPress in February of 2007. At first I was a casual blogger but something clicked when I moved to WordPress and I felt inspired. I’ve had my ups and downs with this space, mostly related to big life changes and the occasional burnout, but that need to blog has always been there, bubbling under the surface. I can’t wait to finish a knitting project and tell everyone here about it. When I take a trip or see something novel, I want to take photos and share with you. But I admit I’ve seen a decline. Maybe about 2/3 of my blog friends are still blogging and some of those are only blogging infrequently (me included, but that’s because there’s something else that takes a lot of my time these days!). I haven’t seen a meme in well over a year. I know I don’t have time to read blogs like I used to and I know that mine isn’t getting read as much as it once was either. Or at least the reduction in comments and traffic are telling me so. But perhaps that’s due to lack of interesting content. Believe me, I know I’m just a goldfish in a sea of exotic tropical fish when it comes to what I have to say or share.
I blame things like Twitter, Facebook, even Ravelry. Much as I adore Ravelry and wouldn’t ever want to live without it, I think knitters have very little need to blog anymore when they can share their beautiful projects, modifications, and comments, with a giant community of other crafters all in one place. Want new friends with similar interests? Join one of the thousands of groups and there’s no need to surf blogs anymore. Just log into one place and jump in the conversation. I loves me some Ravelry, but it’s kinda rendering blogworld unnecessary for knitters.
Twitter and Facebook though? I think these just reflect the growing tendency of our society to always be in a hurry. Why take the time to write a full-fledged blog post when you can just tell people in 140 characters or less what you are doing at the moment? Maybe I’m a romantic, but this isn’t my way. I tried it and hated it. If you ask me a simple question that can be answered in just a few words, I will unfailingly begin to tell you the answer, why that’s the answer, how that relates to the world in general and why that’s important in my very own opinion. Just ask my husband. He finds it exasperating at times, but I can’t help it. I’m not interested in telling you what I ate for lunch unless I can describe for you what it tasted like, what memories it brought back for me, what I saw out the window as I ate, and what that little slice of my life was like. It’s not worth it to me to share unless I can tell you a story. That’s why I doubt I will ever give up this space, even if I take a year off someday and the cobwebs take over, both blog and mind. That’s why I will keep blogging even if no one ever reads or cares about what I’m writing anymore.
So tell me this. Is blogging “SO 5 years ago?” And do you care if it is?