What does it all mean?
Before we get started, I just have to say: from the NFC, without the Packers or the Giants, and from the AFC, without the Patriots or the Steelers, it's really nice to see this year's Superb Owl won't include the Usu Al Suspects.
I mean it. I'm serious. And if you got all that, your dork card is in the mail.
But for reals.
Has it not become time for all of us to talk about it? Blogging ain't what it used to be, son.
So where does that leave us? Those of us: writers, readers, teachers, librarians, book reviewers, and other plain old bloggers who just so happen to still give a shit? Where are we left? What do we have to look forward to?
Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying to declare blogging dead. I'm just here to say that, in my experience, the expectations of both most bloggers, and most blog readers, has changed. To a drastic degree.
Tumblr. Pinterest. Twitter. Reddit. ... Depending on when you started blogging, some of these services were around, and some weren't, but no matter what, if they were there they no longer exist as you expected them to back when.
Anyway, the point of this post isn't to argue the value of different services. The point of this post is to get people talking about why they started blogging in the first place.
Was it to sell books?
Was it to find an agent?
Or was it to get in touch with other writers?
To meet people who do what you do and also have a passion for it?
Personally, I had all those dreams and aspirations. Every one that could ever be tied to the humble pursuit of writing a blog. Were my hopes high? Sure. But I still met most of those goals. Especially when it came to not only meeting, but getting to know many other amazing people who were putting forth their best efforts to become professional writers too.
So what's the point of this post?
Well, it seems to me, the relevance of blogs is waning. My evidence is not entirely scientific, and whether it's true or not, please don't let is discourage any of you, but I do find myself wondering ... where do we go from here?
I'll offer an answer to that question, if I may. It probably seems trite, and it may also seem pointless, but I still believe that the ultimate point of blogging is to meet people. Other bloggers. Other writers. Librarians. Teachers. Students. Readers.
I mean, really, why the hell else are we here, right?