As you might understand from the title, the future of blogging itself is the subject of this post, and as I usually do, I’ll start with something personal.
I use Flickr since 2006. I use blog systems since 2003. I had my share in dating websites from 2002 to 2003 when I realized using them made me feel unwanted and looking at girls like in a way I didnt like. I hated that and left the moment I realized it.
One thing they did right. They had a kind of a poking mechanism. Other than that they were oh so boring.
Where are blogs today?
Whether you’re an independent blogger using WordPress or any other independent system, or whether you’re using one of the big blogospheres, blogs are limited. Blogs give you the ability to write and maybe have some fun with statistics.
What happened to me?
So I’m a blogger. I see some of the people who read my blogs cause I use the Mybloglog thingy and I can see who trackback me. I also comment the comments. Flickr is the same but even more limited. You see photos by others, you see their avatars and the most you can do is to follow your comments and see your friends’ new photos. Ow joy.
The future of blogging
In many fields in the academy, a researcher has to declare the context of where he’s coming from and what are his purposes. This is for making the research as clean and as transparent as possible.
Me, I’m using Facebook for many hours every day, and even when I’m not with my laptop, and I think that the power of Facebook is that it’s an environment, and that the environment creates the community, and that environment creates integration, of people and of the different kinds of communications: posts, photos, videos, audios and status lines. Yes, status lines. Status lines are the ultimate mass messaging system.
It’s almost too weird right now that blogs wouldn’t have a status line system attached to it. Once we thought blogs would be the new newspapers- some of them are. But blogs as a way of communication, although not at war with other social utilities, lost the war with social utilities like Facebook and other social nets cause they give so much more, environmentally. Of course, it’s not a surprise, a net of connections will always be stronger than a one pointer hovering in space. If you don’t know what I mean look at the crowd coming to football matches and you’ll understand.
Although there are blogs that are very successful, none of them have the power a social utility has to create traffic over and over again, and Facebook is now the standard of this. So although I am totally for personal blogs with personal domains, hovering in the vast space of the net, they are just not enough anymore to satisfy the hunger people have for immediate social connections, and this, in my opinion is where the future of blogging is.