I’ve heard a lot of people saying lately that blogging is dying or blogging is dead. And I disagreed with them because my own experience is one of growth right now – Untrained Housewife is up 82% this year over last year and I’ve authored two books this year (I know – it’s insane even for me) so everything is growing for me.
Fostering Someone’s Content
And then I got the second email in as many months – a blogger who has been doing this for about as long as I have wants to consolidate her online holdings. This is the second person who is bringing all her posts over the Untrained Housewife (assuming they pass copyscape searches) so she doesn’t have to bother maintaining a blog any longer.
Of course I’m happy to house her content. And from a hands-off perspective the move makes sense – she enjoys using my editor, my social media network, and doesn’t have to maintain or pay for the website at all. And she recoups 100% of the Adsense revenue from her own posts once her Adsense codes are inserted. Consider Untrained Housewife the fosterhome for her content – it’s still her’s but it’s living at my house now. It’s a win/win/win for her and for me.
The Ebb and Flow of Settling New Territory
But once is a fluke. Is twice a trend? I don’t know. Maybe what some people are saying is the death of blogging is really just the development of this new country. Blogging, for awhile, was a completely new territory. As in America’s time of huge expansion settlers braved out into new territory and became the first people to settle in that spot. You could even call the domain-purchase-website-creation boom a land-rush of sorts. And sometimes towns sprung up around these new settlements. But sometimes not.
Over time communities developed and people often moved and settled into a more comfortable place – not where they had originally landed most often, but rather closer to their community. Sometimes abandoning their old homesteads in the process.
Blogging’s Next Stage of Development
And that’s what I see happening in the blogging world. Overwhelmed newcomers or weary veterans alike are finding that they no longer want to live independently. Status quo and solo-preneurship are equally fatiguing, so bloggers are banding together to form stronger communities. Untrained Housewife is only one such community, it just happens to be the one I’m most familiar with.
What do you think? Is blogging really dying? Or are we seeing the inevitable banding together of strong communities that was bound to occur after such rapid and scattered expansion?
And hey – if you are closing your blog and want somewhere to stick your content let me know.