The Old Era Of Blogging Isn’t Dead Yet

I’m not the sort of person that has much to offer in terms of what I can skillfully do. I am no web programmer not am I some front line techie. My business and marketing sense is as keen as a rhino in the dark. My scope of knowledge on what’s hot and new is as wide an anorexic earthworm. Truthfully there aren’t many reasons for you to read my blog when there are far more interesting tidbits of information floating out there, especially when you know where to find them.

That’s why I’d like to think that whatever I write has some degree of inspiration that doesn’t look like a footnote from your regular self-help book. I’d like to hope that my words, my stories and my own random musings have at least a fraction of an idea that could make any one of you go, “Oh, now that’s something I never thought off before. Let’s stick around and see where this goes.”.

Unfortunately, I don’t have much of a holding point either.

But that’s just it. In a world where people want their instant cappuccino, their 150 word summarization of the latest hourly news and the constant background noise of people wanting to make a quick buck, I am but an archaic relic of the past. I am an introverted storyteller who’s words reflect only his own personal world. On a marketing scale, that doesn’t really sell well, not unless I throw in some scandalous romp with famous celebrities. I’m not usually that lucky.

My blog if anything is what remains of a time when the whole purpose of blogging was to scream to the world just what you ate for breakfast. Scream to the world the fact that the nice sweet girl you wanted to ask out is actually the school bicycle, but you don’t really care anyway. Scream to the world what wankers your coworkers are in screwing up a report that took you ages to do, all for their own personal gain. That was once a grand era of blogging and how honest and passionate was everyone back then.

Now it’s just business, marketing and work. It’s all news, shady deals and a quick buck. That era of passion and honesty seems to have disappeared a long long time ago, replaced by the cold commercialized siren call of money. But no one said the old ways have to die. At least I’m not calling the time just yet.

That’s why I never had any target readers. I never had a blogging plan. I never had any inkling of marketability. More to the point, I never stopped blogging. I never stopped growing. I never stopped improving. I never (really) stopped and wondered what’s the point. While the face of blogging may have changed, it doesn’t mean that its purpose should fade away as well.

We still can tell stories of how our breakfast was punctuated by random musings only an empty morning can slide in. We still can tell stories of how even the most unlikely of relationships can still have a happy ending. And that’s just it. In a world where people burn out from information overload, we can take our time and tell a simple tale. A simple story with a simple point. Whether it be happy or sad or angry or blissful, it is our tale and the way we write it can inspire our readers to feel the same way. Inspiration that would start something great, if not in the world, then at least in one single person who cares enough to try.

At least that’s what I hope to offer. A life, a story and a message embedded in it that could make someone’s day. That being said, could anyone nod a head my way and tell me whether all this makes the least bit of sense? It would help to know that I’m not thinking faster than I write. That’s untamed passion for you, but that’s another story altogether.

10 thoughts on “The Old Era Of Blogging Isn’t Dead Yet

  1. The trick, as they say, is to mix business with pleasure. The problem, is that most people cannot live because their business is not their pleasure, but their anti-pleasure. And thus a good thing turns into a dark and evil thing and soon they turn away, bitter and hateful.

    I don’t care what you ate for breakfast, but if you happen to be the greatest story teller that ever lived, you might happen to have a story or two that you remember while eating breakfast or a story or two that actually happened at the breakfast table, and then it’s not about the breakfast, it’s about the story.

    Short and sweet, tell a good story and you’re bound to have people listening, waiting for more, regardless of what you ate for breakfast.

  2. Hear hear! I agree!

    I find myself turning from a lot of blogs that are specialised niches and preferring to stick to friends blogs which are just about them yakking about everything and anything in particular. Because they are the ones I enjoy reading about the most, not about how you can earn more money.

    Although yes, I have been guilty of advertising from time to time.

  3. Daniel Nicolas: That’s always the point. You have to tell a good story. It’s a natural progression of what personal blogs should be or should have been. Now, we just see the very young and the very old. Most never too pretty.

    WTJ: A story told countless times can get a little boring unless it’s expressed differently. Then again, we all have different ways of seeing things. That same story can be told in so many ways and still be so much more interesting.

    Pat: We’re lost in that world where so many people care about making a quick buck. It’s killing the blogosphere. Choking the life out of the goodness and passion. No one said you can’t make some use out of ads, but to make blogging all about ads and your livelihood? There has got to be more to life than that.

  4. People in general, have a story to tell. Those with the gift of storytelling, good communicators and having natural PR skills will fare well in telling stories about their life.

  5. You don’t need good marketing skills to tell a story. You just need a way with words, the kind that makes a person pause and think about what’s been said. The rest always takes care of itself.

  6. Dear Kami,
    Please delete the “yet” from the title of this post. It shall never be dead. Ever.
    Thank you,
    Esther

  7. Haha, kinda too late for me to remove it. But yeah…you are right. It will never die. Not when it still has people like you or me in it. 🙂

  8. Indeed, the old era of blogging (and bloggers) is not dead. Heck, I’ve been playing variations of this gig for nine years, and I had a pulse just this morning.

    That said, I believe we are just witnesses to (and unwitting/unwilling participants in?) the greater “Wal-Martization” of the Universe. As any medium (or product) becomes a mass-market commodity, so its primary attributes shift from qualitative to quantitative. In a land called “Back When” I had 47 fans, and that made me “widely read.” I still have those fans, but now “47” is chump change, and my once-impressive 200 reads a day has vanished in an ocean of mega-blogs written not so much for content, but to maximize Adsense (or whatever) revenue.

    WE haven’t died, nor have those who enjoy quality content. I really believe that. For me (as a writer on a highly specialized niche topic), the challenge isn’t in changing with the times, but in coming to grips with the changing landscape around me. Quality still “sells,” to those who care about quality.

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