Over the summer, I noticed a lot less interaction on blogs. Not just on mine. For me, I was gaining more and more views, but the commenting was very...lacking. I definitely wondered, a lot, whether my posts just weren’t fun to read anymore or not giving people much to think about where they would WANT to share their thoughts in a comment. But when I was talking about it with Shannon, she mentioned something about the blogging COMMUNITY being in a slump. That maybe it wasn’t me, but blogging in general. There have been a lot of hiatuses, people quitting. Replying to posts via Twitter. And certainly I’ve done that myself. I’m currently IN a semi-break, AND I’ve done the quick way of commenting on a post in 140 characters. It takes way less time and energy, and there is a quicker turnaround for discussion.
But with the fast interaction and pace of Twitter, it’s easy to ignore blogs. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Twitter is (mostly) a wonderfully positive platform that has made it better for people to interact with and become friends with others. It’s helped author/publisher and reader/blogger relations. It makes the huge community feel like a fishbowl, where you don’t get lost in the shuffle, such as your blog does amongst the hundreds out there. And one of the great parts about it is that it can help you grow your blog, as no other platform does. You start making more friends; they comment on your blog; you gain followers. Stats aren’t everything, but they are one of the only concrete ways of measuring success here. And Twitter can help you succeed far faster than if you don’t join. Trust me, I know that from personal experience.
But sometimes I wonder: is Twitter replacing blog interaction? And that makes me feel bittersweet, because then it’s like: what’s the point of visiting and commenting on blogs if you can do that via 140 characters in a couple seconds instead? I’m guilty of this. No one can deny that it’s way easier and takes less time, but it’s kinda saddening when you get more interaction because of tweets than because of your posts. For me, I want my blog to be something people WANT to visit and comment on, even when they’re busy or forever behind like I am. Sure, Twitter is AWESOME, but it’s not my blog. It’s not what I want to be successful at. It HAS helped me immensely during this blogging slump because I’m still talking and discussing books with people, just only on a platform I can handle right now. But when I figure out how to move beyond this slump, I wonder how much others will notice?
Maybe I’m making this out to be more than it is, but I’ve talked with quite a few others about this, and they seem to share similar thoughts. Most of you know that I’m pretty obviously addicted to Twitter, but I definitely got quieter over the summer. I cleaned out my feed to keep the negativity to a minimum (which has been just plain AWESOME). And maybe it’s because of the smaller feed, but the interactions on there have been awfully quiet lately. It’s SUPER different from last year, and I feel like that’s in part because 2014 kinda seemed like a turning point in blogging. And since 2015 started, things have shifted. I can’t even really explain this, I don’t know how to. I just know that sometimes I think the direction of blogging is evolving, and not in a good way.
And maybe THAT’S why blog interaction has been less and less. Certainly some bloggers seem to never lose comments or views; in fact, they just gain more (not that these people don’t deserve that, mind you, because they absolutely do). But for many, especially some really popular ones, I noticed a decline in interaction. Definitely Twitter has been a big reason, but to tell you the truth, I couldn’t even begin to explain the whys or hows besides that. So am I going to stop Twittering? HAHAHAH ARE YOU KIDDING OF COURSE NOT. I’m much too addicted, and it’s a platform where I can spend time interacting with MORE people than if I just stuck to visiting blogs. But I don’t want that to just be my go-to. Commenting is one of my favorite parts of blogging, and I want to spend less time scrolling through my feed and give myself more energy for visiting the coolest kids on the block.
Twitter isn’t necessarily replacing blog interaction completely, but I think it could potentially change much more about the way people blog, and I’m not exactly sure how much I’d like that. But I want to know YOUR thoughts right now. Do you feel that Twitter has almost kinda become a substitute for commenting? Has it IMPROVED blogging, ruined it, somewhere in-between? Basically, I want to know if it’s not just me wondering if blogging and Twitter no longer just complement each other. Let’s talk!