the evolution of blogging
Bloggers new and old, but especially old, read this about how blogging has changed in the past half dozen years, and why. I certainly know that Facebook now fills the void that was once filled by what I considered my particular blogging community. As far as my own responsibility as a blogger goes, I can tick almost all the boxes in the article, especially the ones about laziness, burnout and blogrolling; but as a reader I'd still much rather check in on my favourite blogs than read a Facebook update.
I've found that as blogging has changed, mine has become more about my work and, as a result, the fun and the humour have all but disappeared. I do blame Facebook to some extent, but I mostly blame myself for second-guessing. Awareness of an audience can be a real killer of creativity. Just look at children's art. I remember all those girls at school who became my little art clones because they "wanted to draw like Andrea". As for me, I just wanted to be little and self confident and as good at sports as Penny and Fionna. Blogging moves on but I guess my own evolution has stalled, since I'm laid up with an injured back like the fat guy in the marathon who forgot to train, then keels over with a heart attack. Meanwhile, Fionna is still an elite-level 10k runner. Ouch.