Friday, July 27, 2012

What Happened to Blogging?

If Chaka's World were a celebrity, then at the end of this month it would be checking into rehab with Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan. I have no idea what happened in the month of July, but visiting traffic came to a halt. Maybe it was because it's summer and people are on vacation and foolishly think they don't need to check in on my blog.

Did I go on a racist or anti-Semitic rant that I don't remember? Did I get too political or religious and alienate readers? Did I forget to shower all month? Has Google or the CIA been redirecting web traffic? Are extra terrestrials disregarding the prime directive?

I have asked the question "is blogging dead" before, and I'm reconsidering that question again after seeing this months statistics. People used to actually comment on posts and reading their witty remarks and insightful comments was always my favorite part. Has social media replaced antiquated blogs? I've seen some blogging giants turn to other means to get their message out over the years. Should bloggers feel like a carburetor, vinyl record, or a dial up modem?

To all my blogging friends who may be experiencing the same thing, I'd like to share an emotional speech of encouragement with you. Think Braveheart, Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, 300, Patton, Rocky, etc.

Hearken to my words dear brothers of Blogger. We may be out numbered by an innumerable host of newer and cooler ways to communicate, but we are still strong. We may give way to Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, someday, but today is not that day! We may have the stigma of being called a blog and the hassle of requiring word verification, but we will not give up. Join with me in reclaiming our readership. We will unite mommy blogs, recipe blogs, and family blogs with conspiracy theory blogs, fitness blogs, fashion and craft blogs until we once again rule the Internet. If you have even a hint of blogging ambition and desire to restore blogging to it's prior glory and splendor, then join us, for tonight we dine in Hell!


Jen Yak said...

I always read your blog and want to comment, but I'm afraid my comments won't be clever enough.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

My comments have dipped a little, but blogging is definitely not dead!

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mCat said...

You have expressed it exactly! I see the traffic on the blog, but not the comments that I usually enjoy. However, I guess it's okay. Facebook seems to have taken over for now, but I suspect blogs will always have a more meaningful presence.

And sadly, this wasn't witty, funny or clever. Sorry : )

Pedaling said...

What? You have to be witty to comment here? Oh never mind.

Dr Zibbs said...

I read all of your posts. I just don't comment that much anymore.

But I understand where you are. Even though I look at my stats I wonder how many regular readers I have.

Raine said...

I'm a commenting slacker, but that speech really motivated me :)

Shan G said...

I ask the same damn thing daily! I honestly think that Twitter & FaceBook killed the blogger. Along with the need for good stats.

I also believe that pressure from PR reps to have the highest monthly visitors has caused some formerly good blogger to sell out for an LG washer & dryer set.

Just sayin'. LOL

PS: CAPTCHA has got to go. I know many people who will not comment on a blog that has it. Something to think about.