This week’s topic comes from Rukky, who asks:
How long have you been blogging, and how has the book blogging community changed since you started? Do you think it’s been a positive or negative change? What do you think the future of blogging will be? Would you want to keep blogging even if blogging becomes very “old school” and isn’t really done anymore?
I have been blogging off and on since 2002. I started on LiveJournal, moved to a self-hosted domain, moved to ANOTHER self-hosted domain, moved to a couple microblogs (tumblr, Posterous). I’ve blogged about nutrition, about books, about meditation. I’ve taken and commented on random pictures. I’ve blogged about mental illness, about grief, about the vagaries of the human existence.
I still have all these blogs. When I gave up and moved on to yet another platform, I imported all of the old stuff, because I didn’t want to lose any of it.
I still have all of it.
This is the first time since that first blog twenty years ago that I have started fresh, started with a purpose, fairly narrowly-defined, started with a community, started without dragging all of the old mismatched content. For a long time I blogged like you move apartments in college—always on the move, always dragging ugly, mismatched furniture with you.
And this place is like my first grown-up place, and it‘s all white walls and chrome and modern furniture that matches!
As for how blogging has changed, I think that it’s certainly more pervasive, and the software has certainly come a long way. We are able to make gorgeous blogs with no web design or programming skill necessary, we can post from computers, phones or tablets. Blogging has become incredibly simple. I have no idea what the future holds in the blog space, but I can’t wait to see!
As for whether I would continue if blogging became less popular…well, I was doing it BEFORE it became popular, so yeah. I think I would. I love that I have folks that read these posts, but I blog primarily for myself, so the reason that I do it would probably carry me through. 🙂
How about you? If you blog, what do you expect from the future of blogging?