Blogging is Dead but Trump is Just as Annoying as Ever

Hi all,

I wasn’t planning a post today. Let me take this opportunity to apologize for my longer absences between posts. I’m trying some new routines out and time has been a little scarce.

However, I came across this piece in The New Yorker about how blogging is becoming obsolete. First of all, don’t worry. It’s not that you and I are obsolete. I think most of the people I follow and who follow me and comment, have hobby blogs. It’s more an issue with those who blog for a living. If you are thinking of blogging as a future revenue stream you might want to read this first and do your homework. If you are already blogging for a living, I hope this trend is mistaken. It’s just one article, after all, and an opinion from a knowledgeable writer is not necessarily omniscient.

There was something absolutely, impeccably omniscient in this article, however, and it was a link to this piece, posted on a blog called “The Awl” by Heather Havrilesky in April 2011, about what a white house ruled by Donald Trump might look like. It is spot on. Eerily so.

I don’t know about you, but I intend to keep blogging as long as the internet will let me; my guess is I’ve got a couple good years left.

Chicken out

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  17 comments for “Blogging is Dead but Trump is Just as Annoying as Ever

  1. January 19, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    [ Smiles ] If blogging was truly dead, no one would create blogs on WordPress and Blogger; therefore the statement that, “Blogging is dead,” is an erroneous one!

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  2. January 19, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    We were as good as it got….great summation. As I read the article I finally saw the banner: This is your last free article for the month. I just hate that. No more New Yorker, on the 19th. That’s the internet for ya. How many ten dollar subscriptions can we hand over to keep news flowing?

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    • January 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Joanne-I know! Sometimes if you access from a different device or via a different channel, liked Linked In, you can get additional ones. I don’t think New Yorker is one of the ones you can do that with, though. At least not across channels.

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  3. Doug in Oakland
    January 19, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Just delete their cookies, and you can get right back onto the New Yorker.
    While I found some things in this article good, I have to say that a distinction needs to be made between blogs and magazines or newspapers.
    I’m somewhat conflicted here. While I feel that actual news organizations are massively important right now, and also under sustained attack from people who stand to be harmed by the information they provide, they are also falling victim to the market forces alluded to in this article.
    All of the staff mentioned in the article that she found missing in the particular blogs she based her article on, aren’t cheap. As revenues fall, the first on the chopping block are not the ones running the show, they are the reporters and writers who make that show’s quality high enough to be worth your while to read.
    Then they wonder why they can’t bump up their readership enough to make advertising dollars, and a downward spiral develops in their ability to finance their operations.
    Blogs, on the other hand, don’t need that much cash flow to operate. Some make money, some don’t, but some are still providing their own unique voices and contextualizations of events that make the flawed (but crucial) output of the larger news services make useful sense, after all of these years.
    This article seems to want to define “blog” as a collective content generation organization. And while those do still exist, they are structured more like businesses and thus more vulnerable to Twitter and Facebook doing to them what they themselves did to newspapers fifteen years ago, and with similar negative consequences.
    There are still some good ones, though. I think Crooks and Liars is probably my favorite among them, maybe because I’m a liberal and a musician and I’ve been reading them for more than a decade.
    Then there are the political/news bloggers who have been cranking out the posts for a long, long, time, and not getting much of that sweet monetization of their work that the more commercially minded writers seem to get.
    Just off of the top of my head: Driftglass, Digby, the Rude Pundit, the Field Negro, and Comrade Misfit have all been at it longer than a decade, and still provide their little contribution to making sense of all of this on a daily basis.
    So perhaps it’s just a certain flavor of blog that’s becoming harder to find, or harder to sustain in this media economy, and while they certainly have provided a platform for “new” writers to get published, last I checked WordPress and Blogger were still up and running.
    Nobody said getting famous was easy, and that seems to be the destination those missing avenues converged upon.
    Meanwhile, you don’t even have to have a blog to publish your writing on the internet, or I haven’t had to, and I find complaints about the internet having gone to hell in a handbasket to be the product of the lazy or the disgruntled.

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    • January 20, 2018 at 12:22 am

      Wow, Doug. You ate your Wheaties today! And please will you start a blog? Now, I didn’t understand everything you said, but the blog seemed to be saying that a lot of very popular, money-making blogs are closing down, so therefore, blogging is becoming obsolete. I am saying blogging is not becoming obsolete but maybe blogging to earn a living may be and that a lot of the writers who got their professional careers started via blogging have moved on to other gigs, like freelancing, book writing, The New Yorker, etc, and I think you are saying it depends on the blog and that there are still a lot of good ones out there who have been up and running for more than a decade. Is that right? Money seems to be the difference to me. And may I say, you know an awful lot about blogs and writing in general. Who are you, Doug from Oakland?

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      • Doug in Oakland
        January 20, 2018 at 1:42 am

        Yeah, that’s it. Money and quality aren’t always related. My favorite political bloggers live in Illinois and call themselves the Cornfield Resistance. They have a podcast they call The Professional Left that celebrated its eighth anniversary last week. They get donations from their audience, but make it plain that they would do it for free. It does stick in their craw a little that people like David Brooks and Chuck Todd are getting rich from doing what they see as substandard work, but they have their little platform, and they’re gonna say their piece, without the suits from upstairs to tell them what to say.
        Me? I’m just this old guy who lives in Oakland who used to play the guitar a lot…

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    • jenny_o
      January 20, 2018 at 2:15 am

      Doug, do you mind me asking where you are able to publish your writing? You don’t need to answer that; I’m just curious and thought you might be open to the question.

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  4. jenny_o
    January 20, 2018 at 2:12 am

    I stay as far away as I can from blogs that are monetized; they take longer to load, the advertising is distracting, and in my limited experience the content seems to be inferior to blogs that are a labour of love. I’m not saying it SHOULD be like that, but it does seem to be like that. It’s hard to make a living writing words, no matter what the format is.

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    • January 23, 2018 at 9:55 am

      I know what you mean, Jenny. The ads are annoying. I guess there are some you visit for information, like the monetized ones, and some you visit for socialization, like the non-monetized ones, and there are a couple of happy mediums but they are few and far between.

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  5. January 21, 2018 at 8:07 am

    True, I haven’t got much response to my recent –5 days ago (it’s been a rough month)– blog about the prescience of Star Trek, but I will say this: I AM BLOG! I WILL ADD YOUR BIOLOGICAL AND TECHNOLOGICAL DISTINCTIVENESS TO MY OWN. RESISTANCE IS FUTILE! Do I mean it? Of course not. But it sounded so persuasive on Star Trek, I thought I’d use it in paraphrase. “Thought” being the operative word here. There’s Facebook and Twitter, etc., where complete thoughts are summarily discouraged, but blog sites invite whole ideas.

    Whole ideas.

    It’s dangerous to embark upon the future without them.

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  6. January 23, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Blog sites invite whole ideas and discussions of said ideas and that is the very best part. And you are irresistible, Geo. I wouldn’t even dream of trying.

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  7. January 27, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    I like the blogging community, which is the main reason I continue. It’s so random and yet you get to know people and form relationships. I love that.

    Trump. Ugh.

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    • January 28, 2018 at 6:04 pm

      Ugh. Yes. And I feel the same way about blogging. I’ve had great conversations with people I never would have met otherwise.

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  8. March 10, 2018 at 8:58 pm

    I’ve been blogging 13 years and I plan to keep going even if it does become obsolete. I love the blogging community. I think like so many things, like fashion trends, it will come back into style at some point. People will get tired of the constant abbreviations of our language and communications and will come back to the long form. That’s my prediction.

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    • March 11, 2018 at 12:28 am

      Me too, Phil. Mostly because it’s about me, though. I could be the last person on earth and I’ll probably still be blogging. Although there probably won’t be any internet, will there? And also, what kind of hubris is required of a person to assume she will be the one person who survives when the rest of the humans are exterminated. A lot. That’s how much. That’s what I love about me.

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      • March 11, 2018 at 11:34 am

        Well, when we’re the only two humans left on Earth we can speak our blogs aloud to each other.

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