I am not a long term experienced blogger. Mine was only started out as an experiment this September – I have to say I am enjoying the experience, if finding it a bit time consuming as it can be very involving. There are several returning readers and it’s great to interact with (anonymous) people around this planet and share ideas.

The reason my blog was an experiment is that I wanted to see how much interest there would be in what I have to say if I don’t promote my blog in any way amongst anyone who knows me. So apart from two close people in my family, no other friends or family know I am doing this. It feels quite liberating, actually, and yes as you can see from the stats I am getting a few hits, so obviously someone cares to read my stuff. Great!

But here is something that caught my attention the other day. Wired and several other sites are hailing the end of blogging. The key issue the author is noting is that compared to 2004, there are just too many professional journalistic voices out there in the blogosphere that make it nigh to impossible for amateur bloggers to get noticed. Many experienced bloggers are pulling the plug on theirs. And they advise others to reconsider starting a new blog or continuing with an existing one.

Another problem is that Twitter, a competing site, through limiting the number of characters to only 140 (that’s a few words only, right?), is very fast moving. It allows one to get to the point fast without agonising about the choice of words or the structure of one’s essay-like post.

This is making me ponder over the question of whether it is worth keeping my own blog going in the longer run – and what am I personally trying to achieve with it. As I’ve not got an established track record, no-one would notice me vanish back into obscurity 🙂  

Which feels a bit sad, as I am enjoying my newly found anonymous virtual life, and learning quite a few things en route whilst chatting to lots of people, so I won’t do this just yet.

Read the Wired article here.

Any thoughts on “decline of blogging” from the readers of this post? What motivates you to keep your blog or website going at the moment?

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