Blogging: Back to Reality, Whoomp There Goes Gravity
After I took my dog, Maybie, on a two-mile run I became concerned as to how far she could actually run. As soon as I got home, I searched “how many miles can a corgi run?” The first three results were blogs. Each one had a different number for how many miles my dog could run.
But, what was even more interesting was that in my research, all of it relied on personal accounts other humans from across the globe had with their dog. There was no official “corgi” website that listed how many miles the breed could run safely. What was once found in books (later found on websites) is now found on blogs.
Andrew Sullivan, a founder of the political blogosphere, left blogging. And people declared, blogging is dead! But, as I read his final blog post, his reasoning was not what I expected. His first reason was simply he blogged daily for fifteen years, and it was time to move one. His second reason was more thought-provoking.
Sullivan writes, “I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms.”
He wants to return to the original medium of writing, a less digital one. Brought on by the fact that the digital world consumed his real world, clouding his reality.
My life is consumed in media. I check Instagram and Twitter multiple times a day, I have a personal website, a blog on Tumblr, a Facebook, and a LinkedIn, all of which I check regularly. In contrast, I have a vast collection of books with real pages, real binding, and no pictures – all over my apartment
These two worlds seem so different, yet connected. I don’t relate my books to my twitter feed. One is reality and one is a digital world portraying reality.
A blog post written in response to Sullivan’s blog on Vox.com states, “The need to create content that ‘travels’ is at war with the fact that great work often needs to be rooted in a particular place and context — a place and context that the reader and the author already share.”
A book sits on a shelf for years, a blog post is read once, posted once, and then falls to the bottom of the Twitter feed.
After pondering this, I googled, “Is blogging dead?” The first response was a blog…
The blogger, Steff Green, said that as most teenagers and kids enter the media world, they are less interested in blogs. Blogs are for their parents, the moms, the writers, and apparently someone who Googles things not found on traditional websites (me).
Green writes, “So what does this mean for you, the blogger? Are you scared? I’m not. And here’s why. I know that whatever changes come about, there are always people out there who need to know things, or need to be entertained.”
After much Googling, and reading several blogs on whether blogging is alive or dead, I still need to know how far my corgi can run.