Different sources tell us different things about blogging and it’s popularity. Doubling itself every month or not, everyone should agree in saying that blogging has become wildly popular. Most people know the word and half of them have one. In general I think this is great, but having a blog is only the beginning. Posting to your blog regularly with content your viewers want to spend time reading is the tough part.
If you regularly read this site, you may know that I decided to be a part of NaBloPoMo this year. NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is nothing more than making a commitment to posting something to your blog everyday, for the month of November. It sounds easy and though it is not terribly hard, it takes effort to make sure you bring new content to your blog on a daily basis. I took on this challenge to not only get in the habit of writing more, but also to work on my content generating ability. I have lots of good ideas, but it takes organization, time, a little bit of work to get those good ideas down and turn them into quality content.
The explosion of blogs is exactly that, an explosion. And once the dust clears and the natives settle back down, there are going to be TONS OF ABANDONED BLOGS.
Consider this, how many email addresses do you ACTUALLY have? I am talking about Yahoo, Gmail, AOl, your ISP, your old ISP, Hotmail, MSN, Live, your work, your old work, you get the idea. I have more email addresses than I can remember and I only use a few. This relates to blogs because nowadays setting up a blog is no harder than setting up an email account.
I bring all of this up because I have been noticing that some of the places I frequent are on the decline when it comes to posts. This is happening at the same time that I am making attempts at gaining my own blogging momentum, so the contrast makes me wonder.
What is blogging going to be in 10 years?
My prediction is that blogging is here to stay and that the technological advancements that lead to easier and faster content publishing will only further the ability and use of blogs. The personal element is the essence of blogs and unless something really bad happens, blogs will always contain this element. At some point, after a sharp decline, things will level off and blogs will find their place, so to speak. To some it will be a staple and to others it will be just like that old Yahoo account I never check.
Personally I would like to think that I am doing this for a purpose and that it may somehow lead to open doors that otherwise may be closed. Only time will tell, but for now I am going to ride the curve and keep on posting!