Post by Jenny
On April 12, in a post no doubt heard ‘round the writing world, Jessica Faust of BookEnds Literary Agency bid her blog adieu. As of yesterday, the post had 110 comments from saddened readers expressing gratitude for all they have learned from Jessica over the past five years. I did not leave a comment, but if I had, it would have been more of the same. I enjoyed reading the blog and found it to be enlightening and encouraging. I will miss having it as a resource.
Jessica confessed to having lost passion for the blog, but she also wrote this: “It doesn't seem like blogs have as much ‘power’ as they used to, especially with the ease and speed of sources like Twitter and Facebook.”
That made me think.
For anyone participating in the A to Z Challenge, as I am, April is a very blog-intensive month. Writing 26 alphabetical posts, and visiting, commenting on, and following as many blogs from the list as possible makes for a whole lot of activity in the blogosphere. In 2010, A to Z’s first year, there were nearly 100 participants. This year, 1,722 bloggers signed up to at least give it a whirl.
So, are blogs getting stale? The growth of A to Z alone makes me think ‘no.’ But the blogs themselves are what convince me that blogging isn’t in its death throes. I’ve read so many fun, quirky, thoughtful, poignant, personal, and informational posts that clicking through the list has become addictive and wish I had more time to do so.
Moreover, it must be the writer in me, but I enjoy the blog format more Facebook and twitter. I understand that those two cornerstones of social media are fast, effective ways to spread information. And McDonald’s is a fast, effective way to have a meal, but that’s not enough to get me in the door.
So, tell me. Do you get more information from blogs, FB, or twitter? Will you miss Jessica’s blog? Do you predict that next year’s A to Z will have more participants or fewer?