The Monastic Life, or, Blogging In The Age Of Facebook

Saturday, 28 December 2013, 21:47 | Category : BlogStuff
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Actually, according to the experts, that isn’t correct. It should read “The Monastic Life, or, Blogging In the Post-Facebook Age”. I’ve recently been reading that the teenaged set, in particular, is abandoning Facebook for Instagram and Tumblr. Why? Because their parents are hanging out on Facebook, so the teens are moving on. Partly it’s because they don’t want their parents knowing so much about their lives, and partly it’s because Facebook just isn’t cool any longer. Or maybe they just got tired of the Candy Crush invitations.

So where does that leave blogging? Well, for starters, there are far, far more blogs than there were in blogging’s heyday. For convenience, and to allow me to use the graphic below, let’s say blogging was at a peak in 2006. At that time, the Neilson company “tracked” about 35 million blogs. In 2011, they were tracking 173 million.

So, far more blogs than when blogs were the coolest thing ever. But we read that blogging is dead. More to the point, our friends online tell us blogging is dead. And that Facebook is dying.

So where does that leave blogging?

The Kudzu Files began in June 2003. Like many, I blogged pretty regularly for several years, then less regularly, then infrequently, then rarely. I would have stretches where I would post for a while, then there would be nothing for months. And that’s probably about the norm for a large percentage of people who started blogging back then. A few very popular bloggers are still going strong. Many more simply let their blogs go dark, either intentionally or because they just never got around to writing that next post. Many drifted over the Facebook, or Twitter, and just never came back. So now many blogs are like this one, a little corner of the internet where you can lead a life of quiet written contemplation, uninterrupted except for that rarest of things, a non-spamming visitor.

And according to Neilson, there are millions like this out there somewhere. For most, the silence is deafening.