An article in this morning’s New York Times outlines how social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have caused many people to turn away from blogging as a way of expressing themselves to a global internet audience.
Many former bloggers have grown frustrated with a lack of traffic and dialogue on their blogs and are instead choosing to post content elsewhere. Why spend time crafting a lengthy post on a blog when 140 characters and a link to an article leads to more interaction elsewhere.
This is something I’ve been thinking a lot about over the past several months in relation to my own blog. At its peak, this blog was getting over 7,000 hits per month. But traffic has plummeted over the past year. I’ve often wondered if this is due to how infrequently I’m posting these days, or if the medium is slowly becoming obsolete.
With social networking tools becoming increasingly popular and easier to use it begs the question: Is blogging dead? Or does it still have its place in the world of social media?