Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Where Have All the Bloggers Gone?


Tonight I found myself perusing through my "blogging friends" list (to the right of this post). What did I find? Abandoned blogs...posts from as long as 3 years ago. What happened? Where have all the bloggers gone?

I used to be an avid blog reader with a list so long that I could hardly keep up with my favorite blogs. Sadly, I haven't had time to keep up on my blog reading, let alone do much posting myself.

What do you think has happened? Are people so overloaded that they don't have time to read the blogs? Have bloggers moved on to different careers or hobbies? It seems that the serious bloggers (those that have made careers from their blogs), still remain alive and well (thank heavens).

I'm curious, if you're still following me here, what you think has happened to the blogosphere?


image: Abandoned bar at Grossinger's Catskill Resort Hotel, a resort in the Catskill Mountains in the Town of Liberty, near the village of Liberty, New York.

12 comments:

fancylinda said...

I think a lot of the bloggers who used to blog vintage and crafty things have become more focused on Pinterest. At least I have...

Charlotte said...

I think there are still plenty of blogs, but I imagine that many bloggers run out of steam after a few years. I'm sure it's a cycle. And there's new bloggers all the time.

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Linda, I agree. I also find myself on Pinterest almost daily. It's time consuming, but lots of fun!

Charlotte, yes, it does get tiring and it's a lot of work. Wondering how many new bloggers are out there. I think people generally have less time to devote because of things like Pinterest and Facebook.

donna baker said...

After 450 posts, you do find yourself repeating sometimes. I too hate to see some of them go. I know pinterest and instagram and facebook are busy. Personally, I only blog because I can't imagine how much time one would spend on the computer doing all of the above. Not me.

Pink Lady said...

I stopped writing my blog for a few reasons. First, I found that while my following was solid, it was small. The content I wanted to provide was not the kind of content that would make for a huge audience, and I found I was putting in a lot of effort for almost no return. Second, I just got busy with a new job and new activities. Third, I'm also trying to write fiction...

DolceDreams said...

I am guilty of the same, and have wondered the same thing about other blogs. I think that Pinterest and Instagram have taken over....they are a quicker "fix", and don't take as much time to post and comment.

Pigtown*Design said...

I just started my 8th year of blogging. My numbers are always rising, on a small trajectory. I don't think that pinterest can convey the information the same way that blogs do... With blogging, at least I feel that I am leaving a body of work that's my own, and not a lot of pins from other sources.

Yvette said...

I'm still blogging, but have slowed down and there are some weeks when I only blog one or two things. For me it's that in general, at my age, I'm naturally slowing down. Also, I'm finding it harder and harder to talk freshly about movies and books and such. Plus it's time consuming in a way that often wears me out. I'm on Pinterest but I've lately deleted several boards - I'm becoming leery of copyright issues. Still I enjoy pinning. It's different from blogging, but maybe more interesting if, like me, you're a visual sort of person.

I think people just move on - blogging has no history so maybe we're finding out that it has a shelf life.

Sylvie said...

I was noticing the same trend when I recently did maintenance on my blog-roll. I went through it, one-by-one, clicking to see if each link was still active. Many of them were not.
I started my blog in 2006, a time when I think there was a big upsurge, and since then I think that either people are suffering from ADD(!)and moved on to other things, or they became serious about their blogs and turned them into commercial ventures.
I myself post in spurts these days. I don't do other social media, so when I have something to share I still do it via my blog.
P.S. I discovered you by way of Designer's Block U.K. (we're both on her blog-roll). Cheers!

Melissa Bishop said...

I've been following you for a while now. I have my own blog but I've been stuck at just over 100 followers for ages. I don't know what is going on but I too wish there were more bloggers with great content out there. I am still at a loss as to how to make money from blogging. Sure would be nice!
So, thank you to those who are still blogging. I appreciate your efforts.

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Thank you all for your comments and feedback. Nice to know that I'm not the only one noticing the change. Definitely right about other social platforms such and Pinterest and Instagram taking over. What will be the new thing? Guess we just have to move with the times.

I'm still going to be on here blogging...maybe not as much as I used to, but as much as time permits!

Market Decor said...

Hi, I do follow you blog and Pigtown Design (I noticed she commented) and a few more - I enjoy these blogs very much. In the last few years, some blogs I used to read started getting sponsors. I understand it but in many cases the blogger loses their own voice...they are just hawking goods and pandering to their sponsors. Many blogs are just copies of each other -you see the same thing over and over again. Your blog unique as is Pigtown Design. Many design blogs are hipster/ikea and some are mommy type blogs - these don't interest me. Some design blogs are just way over the top, high end(money must grow on trees for these people) and rather dull really. I find very few blogs I like now and will keep reading. Obviously, I love your blog and Pigtown. Keep writing and I'll keep reading. Pinterest, to me, is nothing like a blog??? I don't connect the two things at all. Thanks for listening to me ramble!