I have been blogging on WordPress.com since nearly three years, and I noted the following:
Blogs have a half life. Many decay after 2 years. Blogs I had followed had been deleted, or bloggers had suddenly stopped publishing without notice.
There are tons of single-post-blogs. A user-friendly editor motivates people to get started. But blogging does not take more time than HTML editing. We need time for composition, not for typing.
An important change in personal or professional life often triggers the launch of a new blog. If the change had been mastered successfully, the well might run dry.
You can write the articles you want to write, or you can write what you want to read. Perhaps many hobbyist authors go from the former – introspective-therapeutic – stage to the latter.
Bloggers running blogs of the same age flock together in groups. Groups consist of less than 10 people; everybody reads and comments on the others’ blogs regularly.
WordPress.com is both publishing platform and social network, and it works well because nearly every user is both contributor and commentator.
Nearly all social media have done away with nested discussion threads, and only the first few lines of comments are visible unless you click More. Will WordPress follow suit?
It is hard to resist popular topics, and the hype might not be obvious. Who knew that all things quantum would enthrall the masses?
At the beginning there was the classical website; then there was the blog – configurable to serve any purpose. Now there is a specific platform for images, for long-form texts, and whatnot.
Optimization for mobile devices can makes sites harder to read on PCs. There is no such thing as the integrity of individual web pages anymore.
Web-logging the diary way messes up structure and categories. But on static WordPress pages organized via nested menus I always look for that signature date information.
Social media fundamentally recalibrated communications; we go asynchronous. A synchronous phone call feels like an intrusion unless life-altering.
Blogging and social media have revived the art of rhetorics, and I learned a new word: humblebragging.
Our online repositories are like the human brain: Content needs to be alive: to be revisited, rearranged, and curated all the time to be useful.
You ought to add an image.