It seems that blogging has been evolving over the past four or five years into more of a competition to see who can encourage the largest number of other bloggers to leave comments on our blogs. It no longer feels like a “conversation,” but more of a weekly marathon; an Olympic event to see who will be the winner.
“A large part of me wonders where blogging will be in 6, 12, and 24 months. Obviously blogs will always exist, but I’m speaking more in terms of being digital influencers. One or two years ago, blogging was at an all time high. Bloggers were “celebrities” and brands flocked to them at rapid speed. (Recently) many brands severed their blogger programs all together and even more cut back on their outreach greatly. I’m wondering if it’s a sign of the times or if it’s just a coincidence… What do you think?”
Over the past year or two the “blog hop” has become a primary way for bloggers to encounter other bloggers who share similar interests. It is a fun opportunity to get to “know” other writers / artists / designers / bloggers who are encouraging, informational, inspirational, or humorous. But, after all, we can all still go to the library or book store if we just want to read an article that is any or all of those things.
My experience with blogging has been much more substantive than just receiving or leaving comments on someone’s blog. It has been so much more than just reading an interesting or informative blog post. And perhaps because I have never been too concerned about making my presence “known” in the wider world, “digital influence” or “celebrity” status do not appeal to me at all.
No, for me, the act of blogging has been and always will be about connecting with new friends from around the world, or around the corner. People with whom I might never have had the opportunity to know about or connect with in any other century. And for that I am grateful.
I realize that the young, hip, and sophisticated bloggers who write about fashion or celebrities,the latest style of jeans or jackets, or the “mommy bloggers” who blog so eloquently about cloth diapers, homemade laundry detergent, and teaching baby to read by the age of 18 months have a different audience out here in the blogosphere than this Vintage Mama. And that’s OK with me!
So, what’s a blogger to do if running a weekly marathon, frantically posting and commenting on a gazillion blogs is just not a part of one’s lifestyle? From my perspective, having fun meeting new friends, learning new ideas or skills, and sharing my own creativity is what blogging is all about. I may never be a “celebrity” blogger, but then I’ll never be a “celebrity” anything, so that’s just fine with me!
I would love to read your comments ;o) on this topic. What have you noticed over the past couple of years in the blogosphere? Is there more to this weekly adventure into the wide world of cyberspace than spinning out more followers than the next blogger? Tell me what you think . . . . oh, and don’t forget to “follow” me and be sure to leave a comment!