Sunday, 27 October 2013

Is Blogging Dead? The Answers!!!

Hi Goddesses

So, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post called Is Blogging Dead?  It was asking whether blogging was becoming an old fashioned medium in the age of click and like.

I was really reassured by some of the comments that were posted, and I just want to take the time to publicly thank everyone that did.  It's great to know so many of you like to "read" about polishes as well as look at the pretty pictures, and your answers were very clear that YES, there is still room for blogging as a medium, and the volume of information it can provide.

What I found most interesting, though, was all the comments about how hard blogging is making it for itself to be followed as a medium.   Those of us who read blogs probably seek to interact beyond a click n like, yet Blogger's own commenting system makes this difficult, and let's not get started on Disquis.

So, we the bloggers, create the blogs, and generate the traffic, but then Blogger (in the ultimate demonstration of the withdrawal method) backs out on the satisfaction end of the deal.

So, why would you do this?  It's like creating the perfect recipe, but then preventing people from buying the ingredients.  Surely platforms like Blogger should be ENCOURAGING interaction, not squashing it?

I think part of that problem stems from spambots, and the desire to curb their annoying behaviour, but shouldn't the masses still be able to participate without passwords, or god forbid, captchas?

Part of the problem may also be Google, who for years have been trying to drive people to Google+, a platform NO ONE wants to use, because it's so shit.  Maybe the blogger issues exist to "persuade" people that commenting via a Google+ page is the ultimate experience.  

Well, no, it's not, and never will be.   It's a basic and soulless Facebook wannabe, and shutting down every GOOD Google feature one by one STILL won't persuade people to jump on the G+ train.

Still, the post reminded me of a couple of things - not only that there IS room for blogs and they ARE appreciated, but that also, these different platforms exist to give us all choice, and not only that, they don't demand monogamy.

Thank you to everyone who joined in the debate xx

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