Monday, September 9, 2019

The sunset of blogging

When I started this blog, there were so many interesting blogs to read that I didn't have time for them all.  There were so many people blogging, and commenting on each other's blogs, that it felt like a connected community.

Over the years, most of the blogs I used to read have disappeared.  Some of the authors declared their intent to stop.  Others just fizzled out, spacing posts far apart and then just disappearing.  Still others became mostly sponsored posts, losing their previous character.

Has blogging, particularly the kind I enjoy, about people's lives and adventures, without a lot of filters or ads, had its heyday? I notice, when I care about these kind of things, which is rarely, that I have less and less comments and page views.  Maybe I've come to the end of interesting things to say, or maybe people are more interested in social media pictures and not in reading anymore.  I know I always mean to comment on the blogs I enjoy; I often just forget to, putting it off until later.

I've had this blog for eight years; it may soon be time to let it go.  Until then, I've enjoyed being a part of this somewhat odd, but always interesting community.  Write on, friends.


14 comments:

  1. I’ve also wondered if blogging as you and I know if and recall it is a thing of the past. I continue to write simply because it is my ‘journal’. But yeah...it definitely doesn’t have the following that it used to have.

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    1. I hope you keep blogging. I enjoy reading your blog.

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  2. Boy you have read my mind! I could've written these exact same words. I too have noticed a sharp decline in blog postings and comments. And some of my favorite bloggers have also either slowed down on writing posts, or stopped blogging altogether. And I have to admit my enthusiasm for blogging has taken a nosedive (as evidenced by fewer posts on my blog and not commenting as often as I used to on other people's blogs). But, I do enjoy reading about your adventures and hope you won't entirely give up the ghost!

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    1. Yes that's exactly how I feel as well. But I'm still reading your blog, even if I don't always comment.

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  3. Noooooo....where would we get those gorgeous photos of places we won't get to see, and follow along on your unique adventures and happenings in the world of firefighting? Please???

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    1. I'm not going to quit just yet. I'm not sure how long I'll keep going though. I've already said a lot!

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  4. I've been blogging for 11 years now and I know the community of which you speak - and I miss it too. There are very few bloggers remaining who blog in that personal genre, without any intentions or aspirations of fame or whatever. If I go back and read comments from 5 years ago, I see so many bloggers who stopped, which makes me sad. I guess that really was the heyday of blogging.

    I hope you don't stop writing - you have such an interesting job and the way you live is fascinating, getting posted to different places like you do. I love how you write about the beautiful parts of our country without sharing locations, thank you for that - who knew THAT would cause the very place that was worth sharing to be changed by too many people stampeding there? Anyway, I understand your sentiments but stay! You're one of ussssssss ::cue scary music from horror film::

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    1. Thanks Shelley! I didn't mean for people to ask me to stay, just wondering what the future of blogging was. But thanks! I felt like my blog was getting boring.

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  5. I have also noticed less and less activity on my blogs over the years, and I find myself not making the time to write as much as I used to. I wonder what happened to the people I got to know from their blogs and wish they would write something, so I would know how they are doing.

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    1. I wonder too! I felt almost like I knew them.

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  6. I say do it for you. It seems that this forum of writing is a bit of an outlet for you and that you enjoy it. If you no longer dig it and it feels like work then I say hang it up. Keep it about you and for your pleasure Lynn. Having said that i personally enjoy checking in on this site and catching up on your adventures so i hope you stick with it.

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  7. I did not find you until recently, and I think it was because you comment on MaryFran's blog, or maybe even mine, but I LOVE reading your posts. I've been blogging "only" 7 years or so, and I have also noticed a lot of my favorite ones have disappeared, even the "big" ones that I followed.
    For my own selfish reasons, I hope you don't stop, but I understand if you do.

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