Are Dedicated Personal Blogs Dead?
In the age of Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram and who knows how many other microblogging services what use is there for a personal, single user blog?
That’s the question I’ve been asking myself for months now – between posting what passes for witty commentary on Twitter and constantly reblogging pictures of raccoons on Tumblr that is. I’m not kidding – this article has existed as a draft since September 2014, but I’ve been unable to fully articulate my thoughts on the matter.
You could argue that Facebook or Tumblr easily fit the role that Blogger or WordPress once served: A place to document daily activities, rave about that movie you just saw, or show your entire family
just how racist you really are cute baby pictures and memes.
In fact, they serve those purposes much better, in some ways – there’s already a built in community, it’s not too hard to direct friends and family to your content, and your content will pretty much show up where they can see it without you having to do anything.
It’s like magic, really.
So – what use the personal blog?
I don’t have an answer for that – which is why I’ve not been blogging for ages. It’s not that I’ve run out of things to say – it’s that I’m saying them elsewhere now.
But if the personal blog is dead, what next? Well – regroup, refocus and reboot. At least for me.
Wouldn’t be the first time either – this blog started out, so many ages ago, as a place to post weird conspiracy theories and commentary pieces, evolved into a group-run game review site, shifted gears to become a web-comic, and rolled back to become a chronicle of my life.
Is the personal blog dead? No – it’s just evolving.