Are blogs passé? I’ve heard blogging is no longer considered an effective use of social media. I don’t know what has replaced blogging, but I have noticed a drop in hits on my blogs. But maybe that’s because I’m running out of new things to say. I’ve focused on writing topics, but I’ve been doing this for several years now, week after week. There’s only so much one can say without being repetitive.
I’ve also noticed that I don’t read as many blogs as I used to, even blogs that I always find informative. I’m not sure why, other than time constraints. I just don’t seem to be able to find enough hours in the day to do all I want (or need) to do.
It takes time to write a blog. At least it does for me, especially if I include on-line sites where the reader can find more information on a topic.
And coming up with new ideas or new approaches is difficult. Attending a conference always gives me new material (or a new approach), but I can only afford a couple writers’ conferences or workshops a year. (A conference usually provides four to six blog topics; ie, new or informative material.)
I like to think my blogs help new writers in their journey to learn the craft, but I’m not sure 400 to 600 words convey enough information to be of any real value. Most new writers need the basics: how to format for an agent/editor or for ebooks or for selfpublishing; punctuation instruction, self-editing ideas; spelling and capitalization rules; how to write and punctuate dialogue; and so on. A good “how-to” book can give all of that information and how many times should a blog be devoted to those topics?
I do love hearing people say they’ve enjoyed (or learned) from reading my blogs. That’s nice, but it’s mostly an ego stroke. I don’t think I’ve sold many books because of my blogs.
So what do you think? Are blogs passé? Are they worth the time it takes to come up with an idea and write it? If they are “old hat” what is the new trend?