Friday, March 16, 2012

Is blogging dead? Is web 3.0 the age of expertise only?

There has been several analysis or shout out saying that blogging is dead. People feel that the blogosphere is already over saturated.


Those same people believe that microblogging in the form of Facebook or twitter has taken over blogging. That people express themselves there, market and promote themselves vividly through these mediums, and that their blog posts are receiving less readership and engagement.
What do you think of this analysis? What do you agree with and not agree with? Do you feel like your blog is less popular than it used to be? Is this the reason behind it, or is it because you're perhaps busier? Do you find yourself competing to draw attention to your posts? Do you feel like you're writing re-runs?

Another thought is, the only people who should have blogs and write are the experts where they share something new, an added value, a tip and an advice there.

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jazrette said...

Since we are in a real time era of millions of conversations, I believe that today, curating content has become more important than creating content. People follow you today on Twitter because they are interested in the types of content you are curating(according to your interests and fields of expertise)that can be a content created by yourself on our own blog or it can be content provided by your personnal monitoring of what's happening on the web.

Fadi said...

I don't think blogging is dead, it's just constantly evolving. People have shorter attention spans and are getting more addicted to quick content they can "consume and move on". That takes focus away from well-researched content and talent writing. Memes for instance are a notable example of this. Little to no time i spent on the development of a skill, content can be generated rather quickly, and can be consumed even quicker. Posts that are most popular on Reddit, StumbleUpon, etc.. are usually quick-to-consume posts (images, galleries, comics, memes..), because they cater to a large demand for such posts. Very few people actually take the time to read in-depth analysis posts, they usually skim through them.

And so to go back to your question, blogging isn't dead, the audience has moved on to certain types of blogging that suit their short attention spans. If you want to write serious pieces that require time both to produce and consume, you will enevitably have to move away from blogging and onto a more "serious" medium.

Deinol said...

None of these things are in a vacuum. But blogging is still the best way to provide persistent content. While technically tweets can still be located months later, the reality is they come and go. I've been using G+ a lot for interesting conversations, but to find a post from a month ago? I have to know exactly what I am looking for. A blog has an archive index so I can link back to a relevant post anytime I want.

The web is all about inter-connectivity. Use all the tools at your disposal.

Serpico said...

Blogging is dead.

Joes Box said...

No Blogg is not dead, it is here to stay.
Twitter, Facebook, Google plus, pinterest are cool but my blog is home. and blog is changing lives.. it changed mine too

Tony Saghbiny said...

Blogging is partly dead yes, but a very specific type of blogging.

If we see the types of social media users from the angle of content; we find three main categories:
- content creators
- content sharers
- content consumers

The three categories are of course mixed in reality, but most users tend to fall under one category more than the other.
When blogging was the hype, all the three of them had blogs and read them, but now most of the "sharers" and "consumers" have moved to facebook, twitter and similar sites, and many "creators" are following suit.
If you were a twenty something in 2005 and wanted to say something to the world, you open a blog, but in 2012, it's much easier to this on facebook or twitter, especially considering that many people run out of things to say after several months.

Blogging is still something unique, but it might become a niche in the near future.

As for my experience, i always chose to write content that adds value to few readers instead of quick short stuff that add nothing to thousands of readers, maybe that's why my blog, in traffic and engagement matters, is not really affected by trends in social media and have its own bloc of relevant audience that grows slowly.

Tony Saghbiny said...

* i meant "run out of things to say after several months of blogging"

Marketing in Lebanon said...

Social media updates are time-restricted. blogs provide more of a timeless content / portfolio for future reference.

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What got you into blogging?