I have been reading on several of the blogs on my reading list laments about the state of blogging. Some bloggers are simply gone from the scene. Others blog much less frequently. Among this last category are a few of my favorite voices: Stitch Bitch, Mainely Stitching and Spinster Stitcher. With the first two it seems to be a matter of gainful employment taking up more and more of their time. Life intervenes: pressures of work, loss of work/job seeking, health issues for oneself or within one's family, a new interest or focus. There are any number of reasons a blogger may disappear from the scene.
Still, I think it is a bit premature to declare the demise of blogging. True, a lot of people have found the immediacy of other social media very seductive but there will always be a select few who prefer to read and respond in full sentences comprised of real words as opposed to the debased English of text abbreviations.
Even I, much as I enjoy blogging, had a long fallow period in May and June. Now that I am back to blogging, I have noticed that it is often a case of once every three days followed by a brief spurt of daily entries rather than my past routine of every other day. The rhythms of my life have changed and my blogging habits are changing as well. One thing I am doing in an effort to keep my blogging conversations alive is commenting as much as I have the time for and replying to the comments left on my blog much more faithfully than I have in the past. This is kind of a catch 22, though: the more time I spend on comments the less time I have to spend on the actual blogging.
I'll be watching the trends in blogging but I doubt I'll ever get sucked into the FaceBook or Tweeting scene. A blog with a small following feels much more natural to a hermit like myself. I have never been much good at small talk or the social scene. Blogging feels much more like my comfort zone: lunch with a close friend as opposed to the party scene or pub crawling scene.