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I’ve been a garden blog reader for years. You?
Here we are in 2016 or some later date if you’re reading this in 2020, etc. Sadly, blogs appear to have fallen by the wayside in popularity. In most cases, the neglected blog still exists, but the writer has pretty much abandoned it for all intent and purpose. I encounter this constantly.
I say to myself, “Oooo, that blog looks interesting.” I click on its link to see that it was last updated in 2011. Bummer. Actually, it’s not just garden blogs that have been abandoned, but many other kinds of blogs. They’re sort of like old barns littering the Internet landscape. I love old barns.
My sister (half-sister) holds an MFA from the University of Iowa and an MA in English from the University of Leiden. She loves to write, teaches writing, and even has a book coming out next fall. She too abandoned her blog. Poof! (Fallen tree analogy: If a blog is removed from the ‘net, and no one’s there to witness its obliteration, did it ever exist? I dunno.)
I’ll state the obvious reasons I think blogs are on the decline:
- Replaced by Facebook
- The newness and excitement of blogging wore away
- People ran out of issues to blog about
- The blogger was disappointed in the lack of an audience
- Writing the blog took effort and was time-consuming
- People follow trends, and the trends are to use Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. End of Story.
This post isn’t about me, but I will say I almost never follow trends because in my opinion, they lead nowhere. Do you really want to be like EVERYONE else? Apparently, most people do.
Anyway, I think we’re losing something as we walk away from blogging to Facebook or Twitter. I think in-depth communication is impossible via Twitter, not that Twitter is all bad. I think meaningful writing is covered over by meaningless posts on Facebook.
We’ve abandoned other stuff in the past only to come back later and realize its value: Old houses built with full thickness lumber, vintage cars with bodies made of metal, old comic books, Life magazine, online videos of All in the Family and The Twilight Zone. Oh, ya, and those barns I mentioned.–We sort of left them to rot only to realize OMG! they were GOOD.
I’ve also noticed many, but not all, who continue to blog have something to sell you. That’s not entirely bad, but sometimes their product overshadows their writing. Naturally, this isn’t always the case.
I can’t guarantee anything, but I will try to keep this blog active for as long as possible (with just a bit of time off to deal with a health issue).
Do you currently blog? Yes? (Yaaa!) Did you once write a blog? Is it still on-line? If so, take a read of it. Didn’t your blog give you pleasure at some point like a lovely hand-carved piece of furniture or maybe a really cool plant in full bloom in YOUR yard? It was your creation. You still have new stuff to offer the world. Anything meaningful and creative usually takes effort, but is worth it. Lift your writing fingers out of the mosh pit of Facebook. Start blogging.
Dead blogs I loved reading (far too many to list all):
Some of the blogs I read: