Blogs may have originally started life as personal diaries but they’ve since emerged into something else entirely; multi-author blogs (MABs), profile platforms, fashion blogs, food blogs – you name it. Based on prior history of similar technologies people have pegged blogs to have a shelf-life of thirty years but with plenty of people focusing on micro-blogging sites like Twitter or Tumblr, I wonder if that’s generous.
Next month I’ll see in my third year of blogging. Like plenty of other blogs, it’s an evolving beast; one that has frequently taken up too much time and been an outlet for thoughts, pictures, opinions and occasionally boredom; a place to practice words. When I started a Comms degree three years ago, a blog was just a given and I’m still trying to decide if dealing first hand with things like negative feedback and echo chambers while simultaneously studying them has been a help or a hindrance.
I’ve met some generous and loyal people via blogging and I’m fortunate to have found a fledgling career where I can share the pitfalls with people I respect but lately I’ve started to recoil from the personal narrative that blogging sometimes provokes – the “I” and the “Me” and the “I’ve” – it’s starting to feel like a narcisstic personality disorder and my life too pedestrian.
Blogging isn’t so much of an outlet any more and the novelty’s also worn off. Which begs the question if certain blogs have a shelf life (or is this the part where I embrace “slow-blogging”?). What do you think?
Do you think some blogs have a shelf life?