The Times They Are A’Changin’ : The Biggest Blogs Aren’t Really Blogs Any More

I have to agree with Louis Gray when he says, “The Biggest Blogs Aren’t Really Blogs Any More”.

I linked to his observation on Blogging Fatigue and found that there are others on the smaller blogger horizon who also have suffered that syndrome. ( Yes, I’ve been one at times).

I don’t believe that the most successful blogs out there are really blogs in the true sense of the word as they were originally intended

In “The Biggest Blogs Aren’t Really Blogs Any More” , Gray is chronicling the transition of blogging. A number of years ago now, I predicted that in the post,The Blogs We Want, And Why We Want Them which I used to add to and re-post every so often. It is the nature of commercialization. There are cross purposes going on that require the blogger to choose what topics to post and what to edit. This is not just monetization I am talking about, but the real changes that occur with popularity. It is like the celebrity status of other famous personages: the image becomes an entity of its own, not always in sync with the desires and direction that the person who owns it has in mind.

As blogging moves along its maturity cycle, I find things are changing in both styles and interest. Blogs are becoming more sophisticated, even though a huge substrata retains its rough edged diary look and feel. I predicted that this is the way blogs would evolve, following the steps of personal websites. I think the goal of creating a business environment contributes to this. That requires more of a polished presentation. But blogging is still wide open and there are lots of people who want to start.- From my “The Blogs We Want, And Why We Want Them” post cited above

“They have evolved from their own mouthpieces to instead, mouthpieces for others. Gone is the personal touch and feeling that is so embedded in the blogosphere, replaced by an air of elitism and selective news aggregation…”

Some bloggers get tired and give up, because that persona can be demanding in upkeep which sort of takes a lot of the fun out.

I’m sure there are lots of explanations for the whys and wherefores of how this happens, but for now, it is enough to just be aware that the blogosphere as we know it is changing.

Hey. I’m just along for the ride at this point;)

I think I should blogroll Louis, his politics are diametrically different from mine, but his interest in specific topics and the world are touchpoints for me. I mean, isn’t that one of the great things about real blogging? It is a bridge between people.

3 thoughts on “The Times They Are A’Changin’ : The Biggest Blogs Aren’t Really Blogs Any More”

  1. TrueGrit, I’m glad you also share my observations on the trends at the highest levels of the blog kingdom. I don’t profess to have much direct insight into megatrends, but I try to observe and make comments if I’ve reached a conclusion before others.

    I appreciate your interest in the blog. I know we’ll get political or religious differences now and again, and that’s great, really. Apple said to “Think Different”, and to express our individuality. I’m excited to read your stories and hope I can find more for us to discuss.

  2. I also think you’re on to something. Blogs may have started as informal outlets for writers (and non-writers) to get something out of their systems, but they have become something of a fashion statement for any enterprise that wants to appear, as we used to say, “hip.”

  3. I think there’s room for all sorts of blogs, but I find myself most loyal to those that are most individual.

    The uniqueness of a blog is that individuality. There’s nothing wrong with group blogs. They can be incredibly useful. But they don’t offer the same level of insight and grappling with life or issues that you get on individual blogs.

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