Sunday, November 22, 2015

The State of Blogging aka "Where are they now?"

This post will be kind of like a historical documentary. I wish I had black and white photos and Ken Burns to help me out but for now I am just going off of memory.

I started blogging in 2007. It was new for me to share my thoughts with strangers on the Internet, but I really enjoyed it. When I started blogging some of the big kids on the block were Sass, Jeanne, Dr. Zibbs, Candy, PeeWee, Eric, Pearl, Bee & Rose, Anna,  Kelly, Cheeseboy, Kristina P, Israel, Pedaling, MCat, Mami, and Crystal. I'm sure I have left off several others but since nobody reads blogs anymore they will never know.

Times were good and I personally felt that 2009 was the high Renaissance of blogging. With the growing popularity of Facebook, Twitter, and all of the other social media platforms, blogging took a punch to the gut and many of us scaled back significantly. Others just disappeared.

There have been times since then that I felt like Will Smith in "I am Legend" when I write a blog post. "If any of you are still out there, I will be at these coordinates on this date, don't give up hope, etc."

Nothing is more sad than when you click on a link that used to be a fun blog to follow and you see there has not been any activity for four years or even worse an error message or notice indicating that the blog has been deleted. I'd like to see a "Where are they now?" show that tells you which bloggers are still going and which ones are in a federal penitentiary.  Kind of like a high school reunion. I don't know what many of them are doing these days but I know Cheeseboy changed platforms and is now a superstar on Twitter.

In spite of the many changes to blogging, there are still some people who continue to blog. Retrospace and Semi Coherent Thoughts are still going and I see others still blog several times a year, but it is nothing like it used to be. I have to say that the two most successful bloggers from the original group in my opinion are:

1) Kal at Calvin's Canadian Cave of Coolness. He still rules Blogger. He has not been deterred by the decline in blogging and has to be the most consistent and prolific blogger I have ever seen.

2) Mary at One Perfect Bite. Her food blog is amazing and I salivate like Pavlov's dog when I hear it's name.I don't really consider myself a food blogger kind of  guy but I am totally impressed with her expertise and success.

Despite blogging not being what it used to be, I am still going to continue to blog. I'd like to thank all of the bloggers over the years who blessed my life with information, entertainment, and laughter.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Tom, thank you so much for the shout out. It is really appreciated. Blessings...Mary

Cal's Canadian Cave of Coolness said...

Yeh, really appreciated the notice. I do love what I do but to hear it expressed somewhere else is nice.