Are We Still Using Blogs in 2016?

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I used to post a lot. All the damn time, in fact. I’d average 2-3 posts and 2-3 guest posts a week. Tons of information I thought would be helpful, amusing or just something for me. I could also rely on the posts getting shared and commented on and people wanting to join in on the fun. When I started this blog way back in 2009 or thereabout, it was as a struggling part-time author trying to make the leap to full-time author who is so wealthy I never wear the same pair of socks twice. 

I’m a full-time writer but the pair of socks I have on has way too much wear for my liking. 

I podcast. Two podcasts, in fact… (shameless plug time in 3…2…1…)

Arm Cast Podcast – new episode every Friday

Arm N Toof’s Dead Time Podcast – new episode every Wednesday

Both on Project iRadio 

I get a ton of interaction when a new episode goes live. I used to post about a new episode on this very blog but no one really seemed to care enough to read it, yet I have a very strong listening base. I guess they listen but don’t read about podcasts. 

Is blogging and having a website no longer viable to reach the masses? Do we simply worry about Facebook and Twitter and the next Big Thing and keep connected there? 

Your thoughts… if anyone is actually reading this, that is…

Armand

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  1. I still blog. The interaction is just a drop of what it was when I first started in 2008. Then again, I post far less often than I did back then. I think I’m mostly blogging for myself, and that’s okay. It’s like a journal. I can see where I was compared to where I am today. And if I share something, whether it’s about writing or my personal life, that helps another along the way, that’s fantastic.

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  2. I think some people like to blog and like interact that way. It’s different than FB and very different than podcasts. I don’t think anyone who likes the blog atmosphere listens to podcasts and visa-versa. I don’t listen to podcasts much and I don’t read blog posts about podcasts as it seems redundant, and removed from it’s original media it has no sparkle. As far as Twitter, I don’t use it and can’t see myself limited to 140. And I use FB quite differently than most – just making connections with editors putting out anthologies and filmmakers and special fx people so I learn new info about films I blog about. So I really don’t use FB much for promo or keeping in touch with friends. I also like vintage monster models and there are some great groups on FB to meet people with the same interests. So, I guess everyone carves out their own way that they communicate with fans and friends and it evolves over time.

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  3. I’m always interested in what other writers have to say about writing, their books, insights and so on. Working this weekend to upgrade my own blog and go to promo world. There are a number worth paying attention to but it can be confusing when the personal and the professional are mixed together too much – I feel like I’m intruding.

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  4. I’m back! Went for a rare Sunday afternoon movie with my wife and saw Revenant – wow.

    And to elaborate on my “yes” for the value of a blog, I plan a small blog post review of it very soon.

    My blog allows me to elaborate a bit more than FB or Twitter, and post links to relevant other movies or ideas easier than a podcast. I can include more images. I can include sound bites or snippets of video. I think it’s generally more versatile.

    Plus, the blog post gets tweeted, FB’d, etc.

    But the main reason I still think blogs or websites are important is I have far more control of the content. It’s also mine. I can literally copyright it.

    That said, I’m liking tweeting and FB’ing certain things more. Alerts, pointers to other things, single snippets.

    And very recently, begun actually listening to a few podcasts (Firstdraughtwriting.com),

    I like it all.

    It’s like the big screen movie Sheila and I saw today. There’s a place for it. It hasn’t died off. We love television. We like videos on YouTube and FB. I like paperbacks, and kindle editions and Dr Oz magazine.

    I’m just glad we have these wonderful choices.

    And if I should ever feel a website is not worth my time (WordPress just let me know I hit my 5 year anniversary with them), then I hope it’ll be because it’s because it’s a choice I can still choose to make.

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  5. Reblogged this on Our Darkest Fears and commented:
    Armand Rosamilia dazzles us with a good question for the new year. As for my answer, I wish readers would interact more with anybody’s blog. I think the reader interaction helps keep us in touch with everyone and allows a relationship to develop between the author/reader. What do you say?

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  6. I think so, but I’m blindly optimistic with no following and almost no interaction.

    Then again, I was (literally) looking at Holly Black’s blog two minutes ago (who, is a fairly large name in YA horror) and she has virtually no interaction either. So.

    I feel that regardless of whether we’re using them for their intended purpose, they’re still damn good for content management. All hail WordPress.

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  7. For me, my blog has always been limited to when I have something special to say. Maybe an interview with another author, or an announcement like my recent post the other day. I feel like posting too much might be counterproductive.

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  8. I’ve noticed my blog interaction has an ebb and flow. Holidays are especially bare. I figure people are out living their lives instead of reading about someone else’s life. The interaction also depends on how much I interact with others. If I’m feeling swamped, one of the first things to hit the back burner is interaction and even reading blogs. I’ll pick and choose as I have time. I don’t listen to podcasts because it requires so much time; I’m one of the few who can’t listen and do something else and expect to get anything out of it.

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  9. The short answer is that everyone has a blog these days, and everyone’s subscription base (in most cases to boost their own) is so overwhelming that they pick and choose which they’ll read. I have four active blogs – all for different purposes – and I used to stress about when my last post went up, but with the number of blogs that do nothing but re-post from other blogs with no original content and the flood of ‘here’s how I feel about a Mocha Chill vs a Cafe’ Latte’, it’s not feasible for me to try and keep up, or be noticed. I adopted the ‘I’ll post when I can’ attitude, and it took a ton of stress off my shoulders and relieved me of the frustration that the new posts weren’t getting the same attention the older ones used to. Like all good things, pollution sets in and the valid users eventually get sick of the craptastical adoption of what at one time was a viable platform for sharing information, and they stop working as hard at it. The down side is that the blogoshere (a word I truly detest) becomes a punji-ridden heap of uselessness that in many cases does nothing beyond feed the ego of the blogger themselves – which if that’s what the blog is designed to do, so be it. When I have something I want or need to post, I do so with few expectations and a small measure of hope that it will reach the right ears – not a vast number of ears. Blogs are a necessary part of what we do, they are an expanded means by which to tell the word we exist and come have a look. The trick to dealing with them these days is patience and time management. 😉

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