A few years ago, I ate, slept, dreamt and breathed blogs. I wrote nearly every day, commented regularly on my friends’ blogs and on blogs around the bloggernacle, and looked forward to the odd spare minute when I could sit down with Google Reader and get my fix. Gradually, every day blogging turned into every other day blogging, and then once a week blogging. Now sitting down to blog feels like work (can you tell this feels like work?). I still like to write, and I recognize that blogging is a great form of getting immediate feedback on the things I have to say, but lately I’ve noticed that the feedback isn’t as immediate as it used to be anymore, either. I’m experiencing something of a blogging burnout, and I wonder if you are too?
A few months ago I participated on a conference panel with a group of bloggers. During the Question and Answer session after our presentations, one of the members of the audience stood up and asked us how we were going to maintain our community once the medium of the blog had run its course. We all looked at each other with blank stares, no one eager to jump in and answer that question, because none of us knew how to answer that question; I don’t think that any of us realized that blogging, as a medium, would one day be replaced. But after that experience, I’ve been noticing things– the blogs that I read that seem to get updated regularly are usually those that are commercial in some way, many of my Mommy-blogging friends have essentially quit blogging (and I rarely pop out of Google Reader to say “He’s adorable!” when someone posts a picture of their baby anymore), and the enthusiasm I once felt in the blogging world seems to have, well, deflated a bit.
I’m not saying that blogging is dying, but this maturing phase of blogging feels less interactive, less social, and less fun than blogging did three or four years ago. Am I the only one out there who feels this way? If you do blog, has your output as a blogger decreased, and if so, why? Do you comment as much on blogs as you used to? How do we, as a blog and as bloggers, keep our medium fresh, keep Segullah as a place where people will come back and interact with the community we hope to create? If blogging isn’t going to be around forever, what do you see as the next logical step, and how do you propose we get in on the action?