The Future of Blogging
As you know there hasn’t been a whole lot of blogging activity around here lately except on Twitter. I’ve been reading and watching, and then some from the sidelines. I’ve been searching for something to rekindle my passion for blogging or some new trend that will get my juices flowing again.
Well, … I’m still searching and it all comes down to these reasons:
Family and Health:
As you might remember I’ve had my share of health and family issues. My health has been inconsistent and then my marriage fell apart. I’ve been trying to repair it and part of the problem was the amount of time that I was blogging.
So I cut back a lot on blogging but there is still a huge void that hasn’t yet been filled. You see .. blogging was my life, and after blabbing all these years it’s not an easy thing to give up.
You might also remember my bitching sessions about comments going up and down like a yo-yo. It’s been frustrating seeing a thriving community turn into a ghost town, only to recover then followed by a drought again.
The Future of Blogging:
Watching the social media trend it could be easy to predict the demise of blogging. So will blog platforms survive the next decade you ask?
Personally I remain hopeful because speaking our mind is as human as eating and breathing, and I believe people will always want a podium. Freedom of speech is a right that previous generations had fought and died for and what better medium is there to deliver it than from a weblog?
I remember when I was a writer for Blogcritics and I said something that I regretted later. I asked the admin to remove a comment I had made and they refused. You see, they owned the website and therefore controlled the content.
That was a frustrating wakeup call and a mistake that I vowed I would never make again. I realized very quickly that I should be publishing on my own blog where I had total control over my content.
A lot of people don’t realize writing on Twitter or Facebook isn’t really blogging at all. They are only providing content to a corporate website that can arbitrarily do what they want with it. They can change their TOS (terms of service) whenever they want and there’s nothing we can do about it because they hold the keys to the kingdom.
Of course websites like these will appeal to those who lack in technical skills or the wherewithal to create and maintain a real blog. But once they mature and grow in the technology they will be looking elsewhere for a more powerful solution (or at least I hope they will).
I can’t see civilized people giving up on such an enabling technology, and as people
get burned wise-up like I did they will gravitate back to a personal publishing platform that will give them total control over their design and content .. rather than a website that imposes itself on our rights with a controlling TOS like Facebook does.
After all, do we really need 10,000 virtual ‘friends’ that will never read us and who we will never get to know? Hmm, let me think on that…
The Future of Blog Bloke
The future of Blog Bloke is still up in the air. My family problems have knocked the wind out of me and my passion for blogging has been waning.
My “blog tips” niche is saturated with hundreds of copycats and I’m not into cheating, link baiting and gaming Google with recycled content like they do just to keep ahead of the pack.
If I can’t be true to my ethics and compete then I’ve toyed with the idea that perhaps it’s time for me to pack it in. I’ve even considered reinventing myself with a brand new blog. But that would take a lot of work that I don’t feel like doing right now.
When I got bored with Blogger and moved over to Wordpress my passion was rekindled for awhile as I sharpened my programming skills with PHP, JSON scripting and Web Design skills on a platform that was completely foreign to Blogger.
Like I always do I jumped in wholeheartedly with all the gusto of a kid on a hot summer’s day. Sink or swim is my motto and I love a good challenge, but now that I’ve learned what I set out to accomplish I’m finding myself bored all over again.
I wish I could say the recent Social Networking trend has rejuvenated my passion but it hasn’t. I just look around and ask myself “where’s the challenge”. I see no new technologies that I can get excited about. Most of the new apps it seems are designed to game Twitter and Facebook and get more fake “friends”.
I’m reading the same content over and over again. I see new self-proclaimed gurus popping up who are rewriting tips that I wrote or have read years ago. Instead of the using the keyword “blog” they just replace it with “Twitter”, “Facebook” or “Social Media”. It all seems the same old same old to me.
Take for example that website I mentioned earlier they call Facebook — you may have heard of it (started by a geek bitching about girls, or the lack thereof ). It’s the king of the castle and clogged with spammers, sploggers, (crazy people like my raving sista-in-law) and disingenuous internet marketers pretending to be my friend so they can make money off me.
Whatever becomes popular the parasites are never far behind to exploit it. What a joke, and the 140 characters offered by Twitter isn’t doing it for me either.
So what’s a blogging bloke to do? That’s the million dollar question.
I know it’s only a matter of time before my passion returns again. Can you relate?