The death of blogging

February 21, 2011

Spending your time maintaining a blog? Forget about it. New research shows that more and more Internet consumers, especially among the young, are abandoning traditional blogs and posting everything on sites like Facebook and Twitter. [NY Times]

The Internet and American Life Project at the Pew Research Center found that from 2006 to 2009, blogging among children ages 12 to 17 fell by half; now 14 percent of children those ages who use the Internet have blogs. Among 18-to-33-year-olds, the project said in a report last year, blogging dropped two percentage points in 2010 from two years earlier.

Former bloggers said they were too busy to write lengthy posts and were uninspired by a lack of readers. Others said they had no interest in creating a blog because social networking did a good enough job keeping them in touch with friends and family.

Blogging started its rapid ascension about 10 years ago as services like Blogger and LiveJournal became popular. So many people began blogging — to share dieting stories, rant about politics and celebrate their love of cats — that Merriam-Webster declared “blog” the word of the year in 2004.

Blogs went largely unchallenged until Facebook reshaped consumer behavior with its all-purpose hub for posting everything social. Twitter, which allows messages of no longer than 140 characters, also contributed to the upheaval.

No longer did Internet users need a blog to connect with the world. They could instead post quick updates to complain about the weather, link to articles that infuriated them, comment on news events, share photos or promote some cause — all the things a blog was intended to do.

The effect is seen on the companies providing the blogging platforms. Blogger, owned by Google, had fewer unique visitors in the United States in December than it had a year earlier — a 2 percent decline, to 58.6 million — although globally, Blogger’s unique visitors rose 9 percent, to 323 million.

LiveJournal, another blogging service, has decided to emphasize communities. Connecting people who share an interest in celebrity gossip, for instance, provides the social interaction that “classic” blogging lacks, said Sue Rosenstock, a spokeswoman for LiveJournal, which is owned by SUP, a Russian online media company. “Blogging can be a very lonely occupation; you write out into the abyss,” she said.

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So the death of blogging is categorized as a 2% of a decline amongst visitors on the 18 – 33 year olds? Hmm…

I have to say, most o fthe blogs I read are informative or diy blogs, and therefore aren’t something that can be posted to twitter or facebook.

Maybe my next blog should be titled ” The death of mrsbcs” since I have been feeling under the weather this week and am feeling ATLEAST 2% less than myself…

How would Winston Smith feel about Facebook?

It seems counterintuitive for everybody to be abandoning the great diversity that the Internet opened up for us in favor of posting everything at Facebook. It’s turning into Google to the nth power.

Do people even talk to each other while they’re waiting in the market checkout lines anymore? (personal observation: not if they’re younger than 40)