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Thursday, August 26

A Sea-Change and A See, Change!

DON'T FERGIT THE GIVEAWAY, SEE YESTERDAY'S POST. A comment today also enters you -- okay to "double dip" lol. 

All fashions pass, whether they be fashions in literature, dress, decor, food -- what have you.

Choral music, caroling, bowling leagues, badmiton, croquet on summer evenings, galas, clapping chalk erasers, molded gelatin desserts, aluminum Christmas trees, convertibles, pickled pigs' feet, poetry, essays, dial phones, corn-shucking parties, girls in pigtails, African violets on the windowsill, bow ties, big families. All once staples of a middle-class life; now, just memories, in great part.

And, blogs.

I've been blogging many, many years, under many different personas. And every year summers were slow, but the "feel" of the blogging world was different. It was just a temporary slow-down. This past year, I detected a vibe that wasn't there before: Blogs are dying. Considered passe. The worm has turned. It's no one's fault. It just is. 

I'm my usual "cheerful" self today, m'dears. 

IF the idea of blogs dying out distresses you, consider whether it is just part of the ebb and flow of life. Or, consider taking action to boost bloggies -- interaction is the lifeblood of blogging. But I'm not sure any infusion of energy can help at this point.

I've been lucky, myself. But I feel it all coming to a grinding halt. Just something to ponder.

21 bloggie frens have visited the Comment Corral:

  • Ridgewoman

    ah no, you see we must blog on and make our voices heard,
    a happy note, a cheery word,
    a dreary day, and sadness too….
    that we can share
    with one or two.

    We MUST press on, our voices clear
    because, my dear,
    someone will hear!

    Someone will hear and be: befuddled, bemused?
    Some one will hear and feel the same as
    when you blogged, not seeking fame.

    Just an ear, a virtual friend,
    and so you see ~ it can not end.
    Blog on! Blog on…and you'll never
    Blog Alone!

    xxxooooo bj

  • Mary at Deep South Dish

    Nah, I don't think they are dying - though I do think that they will shift. To what, who knows. Food blogs I suspect will live on. At least I sure hope so! ;)

  • Diandra

    I've noticed a change, too. But it's more as if the main blogging activities these days consist of giveaways and passing on awards. Which, after a time, becomes rather boring, I'll admit. But maybe this too will pass. (^v^)

  • Jane

    What makes you think that blogs are a dying breed? I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts on this.


  • Faith

    Facebook & Twitter....people are more diverse in communication. I hope that blogging isn't dying...I do enjoy it. And I would miss you, and all of those who I have come to call friends...

  • AkasaWolfSong

    Interesting observations Holly! I wonder where it will go from here?

    I pray you the most beautiful day and thank you for stopping by my blog...

    Thank You as well for All that You do!

  • Anonymous

    It seems the only thing that is constant is that everything changes. Wow, that's almost too deep a thought for this early morn...teehee! I don't tweet but I do use face book. But I don't meet new people on facebook, just reconnect with old friends. Blogs really have connected me with peeps I would have never met. Like all of you. Thanks for keeping your blog. Smiles, Sally

  • Dawn

    Take heart dear, bowling leagues are STILL popular in our little area. No croquet but family game nights now include wii-ing together. And I'll blog about our fall bloggers' gala (okay it's really a luncheon) so all is not lost!

  • Carmen C.

    It's a little sad to think of blogs dying, and I've watched several do so, but there are also new ones just starting so there is a glimmer of hope:)

  • Anet

    I agree Holly, blogging is just not what it used to be. Sad...Sad...
    I'm not a facebooker or a tweeter, so I feel left behind a bit.
    I love my blog and I'll go down with the ship!
    Blog on bloggers!!!

  • ByLightOfMoon

    Oh dear Holly,

    I also find myself thinking of words and thoughts I should be blogging to keep post's happening! But, some days in it just all in my head. I can't make a weekly timed post or be regular. I have just never fit a mold of regular!

    You above words are just what I was blogging about today. Just thoughts and how they come together.

    How many memories are made with the words individually or together to tell a story!

    I enjoy yours every time I visit, please don't stop entirely.

    Blessings, Cyndi

  • Julia

    Pigtails, badminton, bowling leagues and convertibles are alive and well in this part of CA. So don't despair.

    I like the blogs better than facebook since they are vastly more personalized and hold greater detail. But you are right that some folks only want the sound byte (bite?).

  • Amrita

    God forbid that blogs are dying . No no we won' t let them dis.

    We are giving them life and blood my dear. If I have my way I will blog from beyond the grave.)smile)

  • Dani

    No..I haven't seen any signs that blogs are fact, my blog is connected to my facebook account...and everyone there gets to see it too..I've gotten more followers that way..
    and aluminum Christmas trees are hot now....very collectible....I can't keep them or the little revolving color wheels in stock in my shop...they go out the door almost immediately.....perhaps its just your neck of the woods.....girls in pigtails? the little girls in our neighborhood are crazy for pigtails..

  • Knitty

    I do check Facebook for updates on relatives who can't seem to compose and send an email much less a letter or pick up the phone, but I am not that fond of FB. I often post a pun per day and here from people if I skip too many days in a row, but many FB posts are pretty boring.

    Do you really care if someone has "just checked in at Starbucks!", attained 65,000 points on a game or "needs" someone to water their plants on a virtual farm?

    Just as some people no longer read books and think that a 75 minute conveys the author's story, those who only read blogs are missing out on all the important, witty things we bloggers have to say. ;-)

  • Anvilcloud

    Perhaps you're right, but I wonder if with FB etc it's just the purely social aspect that is dwindling. Maybe content-based and/or creative blogs will continue to flourish. Who's to know?

  • MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~

    Dearest Holly! As I sit twiddling my auntum jumble necklace...I gaze upon my dozens of African violets sitting in my bay window. They are the talk of the church ladies and I love to share them with new devotees. Each evening Dennis and I watch a classic B&W movie...because we turn to the past. The present and future will only look dim if we allow it.
    My blog has been running since 2007 and often I find little of interest to report. Art and poetry will infuse themselves more and more into my posts soon. I have positive reactions to poemsand art in my comments. I blog for myself and welcome visitsors. If my mewsings touch others I am delighted...if not...then I have a colorful journal of my days gone by. I daybook of life at the cozy cottage.
    Thank you for a thought provoking post...but do not despair...all is well in bloggyland as a whole. FB & Twitter will not ensnare me....
    Love Karla and Miss Peach

  • Donna

    I think they will continue until the government figures out a way to tax it! LOL.

  • ^..^Corgidogmama

    Blogs are still amazing to me. They are a window to see what people think, create and how they live. I'm always stunned by the crafts that some gals make, or the food they concoct, or what their gardens look like. Their photography is almost art, their thoughts on subjects that touch us all...all, are worth surfing for. I've found some dear pals via blogs, from states far and wide. The dog blogs, delight me! We bounce ideas back and forth...we listen, support, and comfort each other. It's been a window to the world for me, and I'm not ready to give it up yet! The world seems smaller, and kinder...and many days, a real blessing for this menopausal mess of a woman...meaning me!

  • Debra

    I am on Facebook but really don't care for it much or Twitter for that matter- so I hope blogs stick around! My window to the rest of the world!

  • The Joy of Nesting

    Oye OWG

    I'll be diggin out a nice pair of huge white framed rose colored glasses and sending them by next day air drop ASAP!!!! :)

    Pattie ;) (aka. Rosey)
    Mazatlan Mx.

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