Writing Discussion

Things Change (in the blogosphere)

I’ve been blogging for about 8 years now (though this one hasn’t existed that long) and I’ve noticed how advice around blogging has changed over the years, and so has the medium. It’s probably a result of maturity, people figuring out how to leverage their blogs the best way, and the proliferation of new types of social media.

Here’s a random list of things that I’ve observed:

  • Fewer personal blogs, and diaries/journals. Maybe this is a result of people losing interest, or that people are more cautious these days? They might also just not attract as much attention as more instant forms of communication like Twitter.
  • (Outside of the fiction writing world) Many blogs have high production quality, professional photos, commercial polish. Popular ones have gotten non-fiction book deals, advertising sponsorship, or are built in conjunction with an existing/new business. Blogging is full time work for many of those folk.
  • Many agents no longer advocate that you must blog regularly, but only to blog if you enjoy it. I think this is likely because audiences are dwindling. If everyone has a blog, how do you have time to read them all? On the other hand, it’s still a good idea to have at least a website where people can find links to all your work, or find out more about you.

Times are a-changin, but that’s always been true. Maybe it just seems faster now that technology changes so rapidly, and there’s always the next big thing around the corner.

I’ll still keep blogging, because I enjoy it, but probably not so frequently with the baby coming and all. Honestly, the best thing about the blogging is you guys 🙂

What’s changed for you lately?

10 Comments

  1. So, so true! I’ve observed all these things too.

    I plan to keep blogging — because I enjoy the act of it, and the friends I’ve made — but I do find it harder to figure out what to say. (What haven’t I already said? Lol. And who wants to listen to me anyway?) That’s sort of where my new “week in review” posts came from. They’re fun and easy for me, and hopefully for friends/readers too. And it’s personal/genuine, without asking too much of me. But it also leaves room for other kinds of posts in between, when I have the time or inclination.

    Sometimes I worry that I’m doing this all wrong, but then I remind myself that no one’s *really* watching anyway, haha.

    And I also remind myself that I enjoy the blogs I read — like yours and Shari’s — because reading and commenting there is just like chatting with friends. So as long as I’m doing that in my space too, then I’m fine. 🙂

    1. T. S. Bazelli Author

      It is! I still read some (but my list is a lot shorter now). I feel that there’s nothing more to say a lot of the time too, but I still like knowing what my friends are up to 🙂 I don’t think there is a wrong way! Carry on Kristan!

  2. Well, this post has reminded me that (I think for the third year in a row) I forgot to celebrate, or even mention, my blog anniversary (nine years at the end of last August, by the way). I’ll have to do a post about that.

    If there are fewer bloggers (I have no idea if there are, but I hear this from time to time), I think one factor may be that more of the personal blog action has moved to FB and Twitter and so on, which are actually a better platform for that sort of thing. Hey, look how cute my cat is, and this wonderful dinner I’m eating, and so on.

    Since I’m an amateur, with no aspirations to be anything else, I don’t have to worry abuot leveraging or monetizing or any of that — I just do what’s fun, which is pretty much what I’ve been doing. I see no reason to stop. Some of my favorite bloggers are still at it, and sometimes I find new ones, though some have fallen away. Which is always how it goes.

    1. Happy belated blog anniversary? I can’t recall exactly when this one started, but I suppose I can find out. And yes, some blogger friends have disappeared, but I’m glad there some are still around 🙂

  3. I passed right by my 5-year anniversary on my blog. Like you and Kristan above, I often feel like I’m not sure I have anything else to say, save for the occasional odd update on my goings on. On the other hand, I sometimes feel like the problem is I don’t have the time to say what I want to say (I’ve got a half-dozen semi-aborted blog posts that would’ve turned into 2- and 3-thousand-word essays on genre topics, which is interesting to me, but which requires brain-cycles that I just can’t spare).

    But I look forward to the updates of those blogs I follow because, again like Kristan said above, it’s like carrying on a conversation with a friend.

    1. I think our writing blogs started up around the same time and yours was one of the first I found 🙂 I know what you mean about the brain-cycles. Intensive blogging takes more time and energy than I can afford right now, but that’s okay. I’m just glad to know you all are still at it!

      1. Likewise: you were one of the first author-bloggers I discovered at the same time. And one of the few from then who’s still blogging and writing. I consider you (1) part of my aspiring pro-author cohort (although clearly you’re a few steps ahead of me on the writing career journey already) and (2) a friend I just haven’t met in real life yet.

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