Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Are Blogs Dead?

If you come here often, a) I thank you from the bottom of my heart; and b) I'll call you soon, Mom & Dad.

I have frequent absences from the blog, many of which occur when I'm swamped at work. And when I'm not cranking out a grant, lately I feel more inclined to garden, or try a new recipe, or read a book, or work on my own writing than blog.

Rumor has it that personal blogging is dead--replaced by shorter, more immediate, and more accessible Twitter and Facebook updates. Food blogs are still hot, as are certain topical blogs, but unless their owners had the creative energy to post more than once a week, many personal blogs (including many I once followed) have staggered into oblivion.

I am still posting shorter bits and pieces online. For random musings about my dog, my garden, pop culture, cooking mishaps, remodeling projects, or just funny shit I've observed, check out my personal Facebook page.

If you're an avid reader (particularly one with a Kindle, Nook, or other e-reading device), you can 'like' my author page, where I tend to post about new releases by friends, special e-reader deals, and book-related events.

Both pages feed into my Twitter account.

When I want to stretch my writing muscles with a longer piece, I'll still blog from time to time, noting such an event on either of my Facebook pages. (Alert the media! Midwestern author recalls how to string sentences together!)

I do have some plans for both my blog and my author website, though they'll have to wait until I have a new book out. And for news about that, don't worry....I'm sure I'll be braying about it everywhere I can.


  1. How was I not following you on Twitter?

  2. I don't know! Am I following you? LOL

  3. Yea, I still follow you and blog, but like you, my blog has much distant between posts! I am actually today cleaning out the blogs I used to follow but seemed to have gone by the wayside. Keep writing!

  4. Thanks, Peace--most definitely. I even have a new blog planned for next week, but I can't write it until AFTER my mother's birthday. ;)

  5. You know, I keep wondering if blogs are dying, too. It seems like people either blog daily or extremely rarely. I'm glad you're still keeping at it, even if you don't blog as often. It's still fun to read what you have to say. Much better than making yourself post when you have nothing to say. I can't think of anything more boring than reading an obligatory blog post that someone put up simply because it's Tuesday and they always blog on Tuesdays (and Mondays and Thursdays and Saturdays) whether or not they have any relevant thoughts worthy of sharing with the world.

  6. I challenged myself to blog every day last week while on vacation, to see if I could get back into the swing of things. There were mixed results. One or two thoughtful posts, that maybe I wouldn't have done if I hadn't forced myself to sit down and write. One or two really stupid posts, which I clearly wouldn't have done if not for the promise. I do want to blog more than once a month or so, but I agree with Caryn that posting when you have nothing to say is a mistake (as evidenced by my lame post about personality types.)

    I do spend a lot more time on FB than blogging. I'm not on twitter. :)

  7. Anonymous7:53 PM

    My blog pretty much died after two things happened: I started using facebook & the bar I used to hang out with stopped having karaoke on Sunday nights. Without the occasional "Oh my god, people are so weird, this is what bizarre thing happened at karaoke tonight" posts, I really stopped blogging. But I miss it and keep telling myself I need to go back.