My personal view is that blogging isn’t actually dead. It was always more of a niche activity for people who consider themselves to be writers or content creators. I’m going to give some reasons why I think blogging is still healthy and thriving.
Blogs Are Still Growing And Getting Engagement
Using my own blog as an example, it’s clearly not dead. As a smaller account, I get anywhere from 50-250 views per day (Not big, but also not dead). My monthly views can be up and down, but they’re usually over 1K views. So, if you’re actively blogging and connecting with others, the viewership is there. There are thousands of blogs out there who visit WordPress every single day. Not to mention there’s people who actually blog for money – yes, they make an income from blogging. If it were that dead, no one would bother. 🙂
Blogging Has Evolved
When people think “Blogging Is Dead” they’re probably thinking of the original type of blogging. The old blogs that had more of a personal than professional vibe aren’t as popular today as they were in the 2000’s. As someone who started a WordPress blog back in 2010, I can say it’s definitely changed – and for the better in many ways. People’s attention spans are short – so successful blogs generally have headings and attractive pictures to keep people engaged. The self-hosted sites tend to be more successful, because they look more like a website than a blog.
The personal blog isn’t what’s popular anymore (Some people still have one and I follow a few myself). It’s more about having a niche and combining the content on your blog with your other social media sites. Pretty much everyone who’s active on social media has their different accounts connected so their viewers can have more diversity in how they interact.
Think of how a big site like Instagram has changed. In the beginning, it had more of an indie/artsy feel. Then the whole Instagram model and “I’m successful” craze hit for a while. Now the app is back to people sharing more small moments from their life – and reels have taken over (Maybe to its detriment). Every app goes through changes. WordPress is no exception.
People Do Still Read Blogs
This is probably a no-brainer for anyone who actively blogs, but it’s worth being said. Youtube is by far one of the most popular ways to gain information. I use it myself when I want to learn about certain things and I follow several lifestyle vlogs. It depends on the topic – some things are better suited for blogs. A big portion of bloggers are writers – and their followers are usually writers, too. So it makes sense these types of people are more likely to read blogs about writing, publishing, how to run a successful blog, etc. as opposed to searching for videos on Youtube about those topics.
Lifestyle blogs seem to be pretty trendy on here, too. A lot of people will post their Youtube videos or podcasts right on their blog to give their readers an option of reading or watching. To be honest, I don’t follow bloggers who only post their Youtube videos though. I prefer content that is writing only. If I want Youtube, I’ll go to Youtube directly.
Blogging has become more streamlined and focused on the writer’s niche – be it photography, publishing, book marketing, lifestyle, mental health, arts, etc. So the format and look of people’s blogs is a lot different than how it was 10+ years ago.
Blogging Was Never That Popular For People Who Don’t Write
Blogging always has been a niche for people who consider themselves to be writers. Even back in the 2000’s, not everyone was blogging. None of my coworkers, friends, or family at that time had a blog. I think when people say “Blogging Is Dead” they’re thinking of that time when blogging first boomed and they weren’t that interested in it even back then. They’re imagining a little personal blog with no established vision or niche (Not that there’s anything wrong with that anyway). I feel most of the people who want the personal blog feel probably migrated over to sites like Tumblr.
Google Often Shows Blogs In The Search Results
Something else people often forget is that blogs are often shown in search results on Google when the search triggers one of the key words in the post. I’ve noticed some of my traffic comes from Google searches. There’s also been a few Internet studies and it showed a high % of people who use social media still visit blogs for information. They might not have blogs themselves, but they will still go to a blog if it contains information in their category of interest.
I hope you enjoyed this post today. I want to wish you the best on your blogging journey and have a lovely rest of your day, too. 🙂 ❤
Blogging better not be dead. I launched my first blog back in March. But seriously, I’ve never paid much attention to blogs until recently. The ones I visited were about a specific topic I wanted to check out. A friend of mine, Alex, who had some success with blogging helped me get started (the Leonberger blog). Now I am following many bloggers and it is fun. It’s like another hobby. There’s a lot of interesting content to read including your blog. That includes reading indy-writer blogs. I also discovered that there are a lot of indy-writers who create books that are at least as good as those written by famous authors and often more interesting, they are just not famous. I have a long TBR list at this point. It’s fun!
I think blogging is like hobby that some people have, which makes it a bit niche, like you say, and it’s always been that way. I think though that with Facebook going down and no viable good alternative in existence, people with friends who blog may start paying more attention to their blogs and maybe start their own blogs. My friend Alex has a couple of blogs, one of them he abandoned because Facebook banned his links to it for a bogus reason. Over the last few weeks / months one of his posts on that old blog has gone viral and received five thousand views every day, bringing the views on that blog top well above a million. I am thinking about starting another blog on a different topic, not related to my book or Leonbergers.
That would be really awesome if people would get more interested in blogs. 🙂 And wow 5,000 views per day is epic.
I blog as a hobby and to connect with others. Blogging has evolved but fundamentally its the same as it was when it first started. I hope that makes sense.
It’s totally cool if its been the same for you. I guess I’ve personally gone through a lot of changes so mine has grown with me.
Totally agree. Blogging is not that much popular among those who don’t focus on it ,but it’s a very attractive and effective way to share each other writings and readings.we all are doing this here♥️ and it’s a pleasure 🤍✨ Nice post
That’s very true. Thank you so much for reading. 😊
My pleasure 🤗
Hey, you are a new blogger!! So yeah, that proves blogging is still hot.
Thank you so much 😅😜✨
Well, blogging ain’t dead — as unscrupulous commercial spam bloggers still proliferate.
True indeed. 😂
Blogging is not dead.
I don’t know, But I am surely enjoying it.
It’s something that’s really helpful to me
My niche is health and wellness, I love writing blogs around that.
I love experiments, I love to innovate and learn from people.
I am not following many people, But I can see the passion of people who I am following. Differently people see it differently, but one thing is sure, people love to write.
Yes that’s so true. The blog shows how much diversity there is with people. It’s wonderful. 🙂 I’m glad you are enjoying the experience too.
Well, I’m definitely enjoying it.
I can share 10 reasons why blogging is very much alive 😁.
Btw, how are you? Wishing you some explosive power for the week.
Then you should share the 10 reasons on your blog. 😎
I’m doing great. Thank you haha I love having that kind of energy! Wishing you powerful energy this week too. How are you doing?
I will see how and when I can share something like that. As, this is not in my niche, it will take be little off from the normal 😅.
I’m doing well.
Hehe that’s fair enough. I’d love to read it if you do. 🙂
You can try it.
Do you have an email or something?
I would love to drop some suggestions for a blog. 🙂
No thank you I already wrote a post from my perspective. This is something you need to write if you want it written.
Nah!! Out of my niche.
Blogging works on the input.
This is why I give input and many people love to work on them.
I like the topic and I will share suggestion with my favorite blogger.
I just wrote a post about my reasons. Input is great and I will take it if applicable. In this case, as I said, no thank you. But thanks for your interest in the topic.
I meant no disrespect towards you or the topic. Have a peaceful time ahead
You too. 🙂
I’m with you here – I think it definitely still has a place and I started my blog in 2013 and it has changed a lot. I used to think that a 1000 max word post was ok – these days I think it’s about half that.
Yes I’m thinking so too. It has changed alot.
Great post Sara.. I do agree.. It has slowed down some since the pandemic but alive and thriving for sure! ❣️
That’s very true. ❤️ Thank you so much for reading. 🙂
Great Post Sara! I bounce around with all sorts of topics now, which before I was strictly fitness. But then I was sooooooo bored with just talking about that. Blogging haas changed so much and I love it.
Me too that is what I love about blogging. ❤️ Your content is so interesting too.
Thank you Sara, I’m enjoying your blog so much!
I’m so happy to hear that. 😊
As we find more ways to succeed on the internet, I believe blogging is just one of many ways in which people can Garner attention for their other activities. That’s I’ve started a blog. Once I e established my following, I’m going to unveil my other projects. I’d like to create a following so that my launches are effective. I hope other people do this and more people start to do this so that blogging can be a more competitive venue for expression of ones identity and purpose.
I love this! 🙂 It’s a good idea to build a platform before releasing your projects. That is what I intended to do as well. I wouldn’t have sold any books had I not got social media sites to market them.
your blog is good ❤
I love blogging. This is my 4th blog. Sadly, but i find it a great way to express things, and other people might read it and realise that their not alone in the way that they feel or might actually use the information they have found. Thank you for sharing.
And thank you for reading and commenting. 😊❤️
Nice post with the useful information
Well done Sara. Really mind grabbing post and enticing to say the least. I agree blogging is still alive and relevant even in today’s tech world. I love the points here that people still read blogs, blogs in nature are content creation and they educate an audience about a topic be it lifestyle, music, fashion, current political events, poetry, health and food, relationships and welfare. A blog is very interesting because it answers questions you have and bloggers are very key they are like educators who teach the audience about that topic.
Also, Google is the best and well known search engine in the planet, if you are clueless about something you will one way or another find an answer to what you are searching for. Moreover, search engine optimization (SEO) is key benefit of blogging since it picks up keywords that Google uses in its analytics and searches for information🙏
Yes you’re so right about SEO. And a lot of people still enjoy blogging, too. It is thankfully still alive. 🙂 I hope you have a good evening and thanks so much for reading.
You made a few interesting points here. I am not always sure where I belong in all of this …. I love writing, but I am also very passionate about my art and photography. So I definitely struggle to find my niche. I sometimes feel that I am just all over the place. You seem so focused on what you are doing. Thank you.
That’s awesome you have a variety of projects you enjoy working on. I really appreciate you reading. 😊
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All excellent points! Well said!
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