The Decline of Blogging?
Hey y'all!This post is brought to you today by a really thought-provoking article that Lena from Daisy Chain Books wrote on the decline of book-blogging and of blogging in general. As much as I would love to say that there isn't any truth to it, I was thinking and yeah, there is.I highly encourage y'all to head over to Daisy Chain Books and read her article - it has some great points. She mentions the fall in blog comments and how many hits/unique visitors that book blogs are now getting. Yes, it has been a quiet summer.One reason why this might happen is because a lot of people tweet back to each other instead of commenting on blogs. I've stopped putting "comment below" on my posts and instead started putting "comment below or tweet me with your thoughts". So many bloggers have moved to Twitter, and it's a huge resource. I've never been a huge commenter. I've always tweeted bloggers with my thoughts, retweeted articles/reviews that I liked, and interacted with them in that way.But part of the comments issue is that blogging is getting smaller. Some of it is my perspective - with school and lacrosse and my personal life, I don't need blogging to feel like a part of something anymore. It's not my only outlet. A lot of teen bloggers have stopped blogging because of the workload. As they continue further and further into high school, some can't read review books on top of four APs and extracurriculars while still balancing everything in their schedules.When I first got into book blogging, a ton of people were getting into it at the same time. Random Buzzers was huge and Kristi from The Story Siren was a blogging goddess. So many people were starting blogs that I was actually really worried about mine standing out whatsoever. ARCs were the hot commodity and everybody wanted to be one of the "big blogs". BEA was a huge part of being a successful book blogger and everybody longed to go. Blogging was new, and it was still uncertain as to whether blogging would even BECOME a huge part of spreading news about books. In some ways, technology and blogs have grown but blogging has been moving to other platforms - reviews found in snippets of Youtube videos and tweets instead of in posts.A lot of blogs have been fading away. A few of my blogging friends have stopped entirely, others restraining themselves only to Twitter. A lot of it is schoolwork and personal lives and other interests shadowing over blogging, priorities rearranging. One of my best blogging friends stopped entirely and I found out a month or so afterwards because I didn't have access to the internet during her announcement.To be honest, I was a little betrayed. I didn't find out that she had quit blogging until a long time after. It was her future and her choice but I felt like, after all the talk of going through it together and being the only people who understood what it was like to feel this longing for professionalism and this industry that was seven years away, it was gone. My friends were quitting; it was hard enough blogging alone but even harder when my pool of friends was shrinking.I haven't been a "traditional blogger" recently. Most of my posts are articles as opposed to reviews, I spend a lot of my time on Twitter instead of my blog, I've beaten the burnout by reading non-review books instead of review books. I barely email publicists with requests and have gotten only a handful of review books in the past few years because of my focus shifting towards editing/writing. But I love it.Kristi's a mom. Bloggers don't comment as often on other blogs. ARCs are less of a focus (which is a good thing, really) and personal comments seem to outweigh the bookish sometimes. So blogging is different than it was in 2010.The focus of blogging has changed. People still want ARCs and people still create popular memes but there are different blogs and different people and different books. Publicists will focus on different mediums and people will constantly switch from social media platform to platform.I tend to be really uncomfortable with change. When my local indie switched owners, I cried. Despite BookTubing becoming bigger (my personal favorites: CassJayTuck and Epic Reads Tea Parties) and the presence of bloggers seeming to become smaller, we're still here. We still have a voice. There will always be people who prefer paper copies over eBooks just as there will always be people who prefer book blogs over other outlets. If you love it, you'll still work at it. I know whatever happens, I'll always stick with this industry. It's a part of me.But the industry is always changing and the mediums are always changing - whether that's blogging or being a BookTuber or whatever - but something isn't: our love of reading. When it comes down to it, that's what it's all about. Whether we Tweet about it or make a video about it or it simply spreads through word of mouth, it's spreading. People are finding out about books and that's what it's about. Books change and books change us.What do y'all think? How do you find out about your books? How do you respond to a blogger after reading an interesting post?