Disappearing Bloggers

I’ve noticed lately how so many bloggers I know are slowing down. I get it because I know why—they’re becoming published and now deadlines are not always just their own and their time is less. Also, many of them are finding that Twitter and Facebook are easier ways to interact with friends and readers compared to blogging.

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Other people just drop out of the blogging atmosphere, and I don’t have them on Twitter or Facebook, so I don’t know what’s happened. If they’ve stopped writing. Or if it was just the blogging they quit. But there’s no way of knowing.
 
And I miss hearing from some of those people.
 
Recently I went through Feedly to clean things up a bit. Take off blogs I don’t ever read, and remove some of those who haven’t posted in forever. Usually I won’t remove anything until there’s been like 6-8 months of silence. But I’ll also leave those people who I really hope to hear back from. To know if they’re still writing. Still pursing that dream. And maybe they will come back some day.
 
It makes me wonder also, if blogging by writers, in general, is slowing down, for reasons I mentioned above, or if it’s just the writers I know and follow.
 
What are your observations? Do you have bloggers you followed that dissappeared, and you wish they’d come back?

8 Responses

  1. I know for me, it’s really just been a matter of not having enough time, but I have definitely noticed other people have been slowing down, too. At this time of year, the weather is a big factor. People want to be outside, or they have children they have to entertain over the summer.

  2. I’ve noticed that too. I wonder whether blogging was kind of a “yesterday” thing and Twitter etc. are taking over. I’m going to continue for the foreseeable future anyway! One of my first blogging friends disappeared without a trace for a year, but has suddenly posted again last week 🙂 On the otherhand, a teenage girl who I was trying to encourage through her blog and Twitter suddenly disappeared and all her accounts were deleted, so I have no idea where she got to!

  3. I do periodically notice people disappearing . . . Not too long ago I removed some blogs from my links because they just hadn’t blogged in a long time and hadn’t posted anything to say, “I’m taking a hiatus.”

    (BTW, I’m on vacation all next week and don’t expect to blog, but promise to be back in July!)

    Wish I had the excuse of being published an in demand, but . . . ::shrug:: It’s kind of a shame so many people focus on Twitter and Tumblr now because I much prefer content over 140 characters or a photo. For me, quality of interaction far outweighs quantity. I’d rather have one good blog post per week then a slew of useless Tweets. And I just can’t get into Tumblr at all.

  4. I’ve noticed it, too. I think it’s the time of year – kids off school, vacations, etc. For me, I go through periods of blogging burnout where I need to take a break then come back refreshed and ready to go. Will probably do something like that in July. Not disappear totally, just not around as much.

    Madeline @ The Shellshank Redemption

  5. I think blogging is difficult because if you didn’t start a few years ago, or more, it’s hard to stand out now from all the blogs out there. It takes time and energy to write posts, and some people probably don’t feel they’re getting enough response to make it worth it. Personally, I think it’s way easier to connect with people on Twitter or tumblr, and I’d rather spend time there than going through hundreds of blog posts. I do miss when I was more motivated to blog and when everything seemed more active (posting, commenting, replies) but it is what it is, I guess!

  6. I haven’t been around for several weeks either (as you know!), but I’m starting to notice this, too. I don’t know if it’s a summer thing or if it’s a published writer thing, as you said. I do know there are a lot of people I miss!

    Have a great Monday. 🙂

  7. I have definitely noticed it. Shoot, I’m one of those who stopped and I’m trying to start back up again. What I think for most is the lack of time. People spent more time blogging than writing and we have to keep our priorities straight. It’s just so great to blog and interact with your friends that it can be hard to take a step back. Hopefully that is the case and everyone is just working on their next fabulous book!

  8. I have also noticed a lot of my blogging friends not blogging. I see it both in my comments and stats as well. I am guessing it might have to do with summer. I think some bloggers go aways and others want to spend time with their kids.
    I hope to see everyone again soon. Bloggers have so much to share.

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