|Time Goes by So Slowly...|
Is it just me or is blogging on the overall decline? Looking at my daily tally of new post in Google Reader, it would seem that bloggers have taken a serious hiatus.
Personally, my excuse (and probably the excuse of many other bloggers) is that at a certain point in time life just becomes too busy to unswervingly type out coherent post. That’s not say I (or others) don’t have what to post about; I can assure you that is not the case.
But in all fairness, who has the time to consistently post nowadays? Or more aptly, if one had to choose the best use of one’s (potentially limited) leisure time, would writing and proofing a blog post really be that high on the list? I surmise not. If you take into consideration that most bloggers are not paid any form of consideration (other than page hits/comments/ ego boosts) for their services, the benefits of maintaining a blog seem marginal.
The other competing theory that I have been entertaining is that the usefulness of blogging has been diminished by social media. Why share random thoughts and inspirations with random strangers, when you can share them with your friends (acquaintances, or random strangers) on Facebook. Alternatively, why write a long-winded post centered around one discombobulated thought when you could just condense it into a tweet of 160 characters or so. You can even get comments in real-time and perhaps spark a nice intellectual discussion!
I don't think blogging will ever really die as it does have a very distinct purpose. Where else are you supposed to write long diatribes about utter randomness to be read by random people? Yet Blogging just seems so lacking and inefficient by comparison to its peers. Perhaps someone will recreate the blogging experience and restore it to it's original glory (Google perhaps?) but until that day comes it seems like the tide is heading out to sea...
|A Sea of Change|