death of the blog?

The death of the blog? People have been writing about this a lot lately. My sense is not death, just moving into another phase of life. Remember how the conventional wisdom was – you MUST update your blog regularly and frequently otherwise you will lose readers? Not any more. People read blogs via feeds, so it doesn’t matter if you post once a day or once a month, your post gets pushed out to their feed – they don’t have to keep checking in on a silent blog, to eventually give up checking.

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4 thoughts on “death of the blog?

  1. Ah, but at Techmeme and such-like places they are talking about the death of RSS, because “everybody” (meaning, all the techies) is supposedly dumping RSS for Twitter. Which if it were true would be very bad news for occasional and/or non-self-promoting bloggers indeed.

  2. I’ve been feeling the slow death of blogs for some time. I can’t prove it, but it feels like many bloggers are distracted by social networking and other, more recent online phenomena.

    You mention the plight of the “silent blog,” but that phrase applies in another sense to just about every blog I’ve seen except Whale Sound, which makes the human voice an integral part of the blogging experience. Listening to it began to make me think how much blogging could benefit from the warmth of the spoken word.

    Whale Sound and Dave’s Woodrat Podcast inspired me to start voys.us, a blog to help poet and literary bloggers incorporate sound (and video) into their posts and comments. I’m still working on it; it’s not ready for any kind of grand opening. But I’m on fire to know what you think of it so far. And anyone is welcome to visit and try stuff out.

    I don’t think the human voice will restore blogging to its former online preeminence. But I think it will help make blogging richer and, more importantly, more fun. Whale Sound has convinced me of that. Thanks, Nic.

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