BLOGGING HABITS CHANGE
I saw an article in Christian Science Monitor this morning talking about the decrease in blogging. It seems the ‘micro blogging’ is the new thing. Twitter, Facebook and all other social networking sites are becoming flash blogging post site. I suppose most people don’t have THAT much to say but still feel the need to keep the world in their personal loop. Pews Research had this to say about blogging trends:
Could it be that blogs have become online fodder for the — gasp! — more mature reader?
A new study has found that young people are losing interest in long-form blogging, as their communication habits have become increasingly brief, and mobile. Tech experts say it doesn’t mean blogging is going away. Rather, it’s gone the way of the telephone and e-mail — still useful, just not sexy.
Only 14% of teens are blogging now as compared to 25% in 2006. Is it just me or do we all know that when teens take up a trend adults will not be far behind!
WHY DO WE BLOG
My daughter-in-law began a blog several years ago to record the life of her daughter, Maddie. Maddie’s Minute has become very popular with her set of friends in the ex-patriot community. She does not care if anyone reads. She just wants Maddie to be able to come back and see what was up when she was 4. Amanda’s focus is not selling or even being recognized. She is very clear about what she want to accomplish.
I began blogging as a way to tell my grandchildren about my travels. My husband and I were in China at the time. I wanted the her school to share the pictures and text with her class. The school, at that time, was afraid I was a cyber terrorist and would not allow it.
I was hooked and writing, something I had dreamed of all my life, became purposeful for me without a publisher. The whole blogging space on the internet fascinated me. It still does. I will spend at least three hours a day doing research for an article or looking for interesting news or blogs that will light the creative fire. I learn something every time I turn the computer on. For me that is what it is all about. Since that very small beginning about 5 years ago, I added 2 other blogs. Each one has a different purpose. It is a ‘right brain’, ‘left brain’, ‘big mouth’ world inside my head. I have found a writing purpose for all parts of my personality.
WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP
So what do I think is happening with the decrease in blogging? I think that all the wannabes, half-hearted or very busy bloggers are going to go away. When that happens, blogging will morph into a more focused group of serious purposeful writers. Blogging, like all things in technology, will not look the same 5 years from now. It will be fun to watch.
As for teens, brain researchers are very interested in how the world they have grown up in will affect their brain functioning…and perhaps their attention span. But that is a whole other story.