Just a bit of a random post today. I was feeling nostalgic, so I looked up several knit-bloggers I used to follow, and most of them are gone. Some have announced a move to posting on Instagram or some other social media platform, but many have just vanished.
It makes you think. Ten years ago, knit-blogging was The Thing. People had blogs where they’d track their knitting progress, encourage each other, and provide advice. Today, book-blogging is The Thing. People have blogs where they write reviews, discuss genres, and find new authors to follow.
A lot has changed; a lot has stayed the same.
I am still here, still blogging. I still follow a few people that I followed back then who are still blogging today. But there are only a few. (I can think of three right now. Out of dozens.) We discuss some of the the same things, but a lot of different things too.
What will be The Thing ten years from now? Will I still be blogging? Will there even still be blogs? It seems a lot of people have moved to Instagram or Twitter, or moved on entirely.
For me, part of the appeal of blogging is and has always been having a place to write long-form. Twitter amuses me, but I don’t want to always limit myself to 140 characters (or 280 now, I guess). And Instagram is fun with the photo sharing built-in, but I don’t always have a photo to share.
I don’t have the answers, of course. But I’ve had a melancholy couple hours as I looked for blogs I used to read, and found one form or another of “site not found” landing pages instead. If I was lucky, the site was still there, but had been untouched for years.
Thanks for listening. I know there’s no way to be certain that we’ll all still be blogging in the future, but we’re here now. And I appreciate you taking some time out of your busy lives to spend it with me.