The Blogging Slump

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I’ve been blogging consistently since 2009, and I still enjoy blogging, but something has changed.  It’s not writer’s block.  I’m not sure what it is, but I don’t seem to be the only one in this slump.  This year there has been a lot of discussion about the death of blogging.  The blog is dead, long live the blog, from the Nieman Journalism Lab, discusses the rise of social media and mobile apps while IFB asks if blogging is dead or evolving.  Design Sponge’s State of the Blog Union breaks down changes in blogging, and just this morning, Tamara tweeted a link to Should I keep blogging? from Kiss My List.

My own priorities have changed a lot since I first started blogging.  In the beginning, I felt like I had to post at least five days a week.  This year my goal is to post three times a week.  A few years ago, joining blog networks was key to  driving traffic, but now social media is playing a larger role.  I, also, find myself spending more time on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest than I do on blogs.

I don’t think blogging is dead, but it is changing.  And, it needs to change.  Doing the same thing over and over again is boring after a while.  I now see my blog as home base, a headquarters for my other online activities.  While I am writing fewer posts, I’m trying to post more informative content and not just posting for posting’s sake.  I’m, also, thinking about vlogging again because I think it is a great way to discuss products and random bits of life.  While I am still finding my way, I am interested to hear about changes you’ve noticed in blogging and how you are adapting.  Also, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram!

What are your thoughts on the state of blogging?

44 comments

  1. I think the danger is when blogging becomes what you think you should do, even if you have nothing to say. Otherwise, becomes rather empty and then the “special” is out of it.

  2. I just asked this question today (on social media, lol), about how effective blog tours really are for books! I got a mixed response, about how some readers really do go for every post, but others who are in the “less voracious” genres don’t read blogs anymore, if they ever did. Problem is Facebook has the most people but has throttled itself to near total dysfunction. So I’m on Pinterest, Instagram (sort of), Google+ (sort of), Twitter (sort of) and Facebook and Goodreads and wondering if there’s any way to actually connect with people even when I know where they are. I think there’s a big shift going on and have also been seeing a lot of “get back to your blog, Facebook is not a stable place to base your content” but also “blogging is dead, no one has time for blogs.” I also am posting less often but as informative and entertaining posts as I can, and just focusing on my real content, books. Though how anyone is going to know I’m writing them is a question I have yet to answer. Best of luck with everything!
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  3. I’ve only been blogging for a little over a year, so it’s interesting to get your perspective – you’ve seen more change over a longer period of time. I like the idea of your blog as your home base, but I’m resistant to spending so much time on social media. I guess I need to get with the program and keep up with the changes. Thanks for the shout out – this seems to be on everyone’s mind lately!
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  4. I hit blogging slumps far too often for my liking. I’ve been blogging for five years or so and sometimes creativity just escapes me. My current issue is that I have evolved so much in my life and my blog doesn’t really reflect those changes. Trying to figure out how to change the blog to fit the new me is a challenge, especially given the fact I’m no longer a housewife and it’s in my url.

    I definitely think the blogging world is changing and honestly don’t know how I feel about that. Perhaps that’s because I’m not exactly a social media guru. I don’t know, but I do still love reading a good blog post.

  5. the ‘homebase’ part is really interesting! I think I use it the same way…I just never realized it! it’s cool to see how it’s evolving. I just started blogging at the end of 2012, so I’m still new-ish to it.
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  6. Well, it definitely changed over the last few years, but it’s both good and bad thing. I don’t think it’s going to die – quite the opposite, really. Just depends what one wants to blog about and the way they do it. x
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  7. I have been feeling the same way lately, darling. My hits are way down, even though I blog consistently and try to keep the quality of my posts high. Also, there is far less interest from advertisers. I fear that blogging is dying, and there’s not much we can do about it. I hope that I am wrong.
    Thanks for a thought-provoking post!

    xoxox,
    CC
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  8. Carrie {post above me} put it perfectly – I have been experiencing everything she mentioned and it’s disheartening. It leaves you in a position where, in a way, you want to leave the blogging world and focus more on the new social media elements; but can’t bring yourself to do it. I know that it has left me feeling uninspired lately.

    xx
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  9. Love that tee, although for other reasons. But as far as blogging gos, well I did not show up to the show until September of 2012, and only started reading blogs in April of 2012. I basically started my blog as a way to expand on my skill set as I work as a print designer in publishing so you can just imagine. So to that end it is helpful. Will all us bloggers become celebs and make 10k a month like some of the huge bloggers probably not. But at the same time if you work in certain industries it almost expected that you have a presence on the web. What? No blog? Are you living under a rock? Hee hee. I guess we will see how it all plays out.

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    allienyc.com
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  10. I’m so impressed that you have been blogging for 5 yrs! To be completely honest I can’t imagine what I will have left to say in 5 yrs…(I’ve only been at it for just over 1 yr). Good things to think about indeed. What value our voice has to an already full blogosphere etc. Love that shirt by the way!
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  11. I think blogging has changed a bit. I do not see it stopping anytime soon but I do see some leaving too. I have a lot I want to blog about, but due to work, only can do so 3-4 times per week. I enjoy connecting with other bloggers and miss them when they leave.
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  12. I hope this is not true as I feel I am currently at a ‘peak’ in my blogging career. I have seen a lot of new bloggers lately through, so I don’t think it is dead. Social media makes things simple and quicker, I guess, but nothing can get your whole point and personality across like a blog post. There is a question that does torture me though, around how many bloggers actually read blogs because they like them, or because they want a comment/view back on their own. From what I can tell, only other bloggers read my blog. I sometimes question some peoples intentions. Not all, but some.

    Corinne x
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  13. I feel the same way and agree with Allie. Everyone wants you to have a blog, but no one wants to read it. I’ve been totally uninspired since we moved. I still post, but it’s hard caring about commenting or posting when no one is reading. And I LOATHE Facebook and twitter, so I’m not going to play there. 🙂
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  14. Oh, I’ve kept this post in an open tab for the whole day because it really got me thinking and wanting to craft a thoughtful response back.

    I do think blogging is changing- and certainly how people respond to content online is changing. More ways means response is more spread out and I also think passive reading is more common now too. For one thing now there are so many social media outlets and if people are keeping up with those and blogs…there’s only so much time in a day. Many bloggers do seem to be switching to posting less than once a day, and that might be part of it; both they and their readers are also spending some of the time engaging elsewhere, which is fine.

    Truthfully, I’ve thought of cutting the number of posts I do a month (I currently do one a day M-F), and have a schedule of what gets posted on what days. I certinaly wouldn’t mind more time to craft even better posts (or just live life), but am torn because I love all my posts…oh, well. Good luck as you figure out vlogging/posting issues that work for you!
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  15. i only started blogging late last year and i do it because i want to, not to earn, not to be popular, but to share things i have learned over the years by reading other blogs like yours 🙂 just keep doing what you love. social media is just there to help spread the word about your blog. i love the “homebase” idea 🙂
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  16. I also find myself spending more time on Youtube and Instagram. I don’t think blogging is dead either just evolving. I think more people I have a shorter attention span now and its much more difficult to hold that with a blog where as on Instagram its a quick satisfaction of double tapping a photo to show that you like it.

    xo
    Maggie A
    LOVEMAVIN.COM

  17. I have been blogging for around 4 years now and honestly sometimes I question myself why I do it. But then I couldn’t stop. It’s a part of my life now. I guess, just like everything else in the world, to be a blogger you must have a passion for it and keep evolving.
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  18. I’m in the “I don’t think blogging is dead” camp as well. Changing? Well, yea. Everything changes and evolves at some point or another. That’s life. But to call blogging dead just because our ways of getting information are becoming more mobile-focused is shortsighted at best. The people who want to read blogs on their laptops/home computers will continue to do so.

    As for me, I do have my moments where I’m tired or burnt out but I eventually get back to it and keep going. I love blogging and love interacting with people online so none of this is going anywhere any time soon for me.
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  19. As a new blogger I hope its just a new way. I do spend a lot of time on social media and newer and different kinds. I think various RSS feeds and collections are definitely the way things are turning with Facebook dropping down to nothing.
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