There have a been a number of articles out asking if blogging is passe. From the business angle, some say yes. From the self-publishing perspective, no.
Journalism tells us to present the most important information first, with additional information in desending order of significance. But in the age of information, people (myself included) can't assimilate all the data coming at them every day.
I try to use a good "hook," and include include pics so readers can quickly determine if my post interests them. I put the most pertinent info in the first paragraph, as a courtesy. Short and sweet!
But blogging isn't as much fun as it was 2 years ago. My theory is that now people are looking at Facebook, Flicker, Twitter and what-have-you - rather than quilting blogs. Does a quilter now have to maintain presence on multiple media forms?
And there are less comments. Have we been spoiled by the "Like" button on FB?
In the interest of jazzing up my blog's appearance, I played around with the new Blogger designs - some which are quite attractive. But I came back to the standard format because the new designs either reduce the font and photos OR they lose all the verbiage - even the title of the post. They also exclude your widgets, profile and followers - as best I can tell. So changing my design isn't going to be an option for the immediate future.
I find its getting harder to follow OTHER quilters. I like that Google button that says "Follow." Nice and easy! But now there are so many other options - its a bit confusing.
And so, I'm perplexed. I'd like to know what other bloggers make of all this. I'd like to expand my readership, and engage in more discussion. But I'm not quite sure how to get there from here. Am open to feedback on my own blog, or your assessment of blogging in general.