Monday, February 21, 2011

Front Page News ~ Your Blog Is Passed Its Expiration Date

This made the front page of The New York Times today HERE

Basically it reports that young people say blogs are out and pretty much useless. And we all seem to go the way of the younger regarding tech stuff.

Remember when we all felt so hip and happening when we figured out how to blog?

Your thoughts please.


Robert Petril said...

Now I'm speechless and in deep thought.

vicki archer said...

I think we are safe for a bit....xv

Katie said...

I think it depends on the subject matter. I've had my blog for 5 years now...I went through a major dry spell with it, but now I'm loving all the design blogs out there and have started posting again. I love all the visuals from the design stuff. I hope that stays;-)

24 Corners said...

I think it depends if you want to share your interests with friends and family only, or share them with people you don't know you but who truly care about what you're interested in (and who eventually *become* friends...and maybe even family!).
I know that the majority of my family and a lot of my friends don't "get it" concerning my home obsession...but all my blog buddies do.
xo J~

(I'm a little freaked out about fb now too...for business it's great, but for a massive amount of personal stuff, not so much anymore.)

jessicarsommer said...

Ah well, now this is kind of sad! But we do a million things every day that aren't particularily useful, but just for sheer enjoyment and connecting with people. So unless we are on a major agenda here in blog world, I think we are pretty safe :)
Happy Blogging! <3

xo Jessica Rae
{lovely ugly design}

J. Is A Bird said...

I think it depends on what you're blogging for. For me it's just another creative outlet. However, I do find I'm not posting as much as I used to. Now, in addition to my blog, I have a tumblr and I find I post on that much more than my blog as tumblr feels a bit less structured.


My Notting Hill said...

From the article, it looks like it's waning for younger people but increasing for those mid-life and older. I still don't get the allure of Facebook...but to each his own.

Renae Moore said...

I have always thought it would have its 'season' like so many other things in life! What we have forever though are the friendships we have made!

Cristin @ Simplified Bee said...

The folks on Google search find me... I don't think they will stop searching.

Keep blogging folks!


La Maison Fou said...

I think the blogging is in the eye of the beholder...... if you are a creative seeker then blogs will be useful and interesting to you. If you are in it for keeping up, well texting is instant!
Depends on what you are looking for.
I say, blog away!

Jeannine @ Small and Chic said...

I work with college students and while they read my work blog and comment on it, I'm well aware that they don't blog. A few of mine did back from about 2000-2004 or so, mostly when they were studying abroad. The average kid never blogged and I don't think they thought it was cool or hip because [b]blogs have been around for their entire lives[/b]. Scary, huh? I feel old.

Each year, there's a "Mindset list" put out by Beloit College that puts the world of teenagers in perspective. Many years ago, I remember a line about how they never knew MTV to be a station that featured music videos. They've never been in classrooms that didn't have computers. For kids that are in high school right now, they don't remember a time when they didn't have access to the internet.

Blogs are ours. There are more kids on Tumblr, doing the whole "what I wore" thing.

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Say..WHAT? Well, I can see that young people don't have the time to be devoted to blogging. We all know that it's a big time commitment. That's likely why us mid-lifers are a driving force at the moment.

Hmmm...what's next?

xo xo

Anonymous said...

I believe it's all about content. Blogs that educate should always be pertinent. However, as a reader of a lot of blogs, many of them are focused solely on their home, children, extended family, etc. - not of much interest to the general public and frankly boring after a few reads. I believe these are the blogs that will die on the vine. Blogs that are engaging and have substantive content are the ones I go back to on a regular basis - like this one!

Linda in AZ * said...

* Anonymous (above) took the words right off my keyboard~~~ there are MANY blogs I SIMPLY ADOOORE, & just can't WAIT to sit down n' read... and, well,then there are SOME that are rather self-indulgent/self-serving beyond the norm (sometimes I am actually SHOCKED at the LACK of "modesty" about one's talents)...

All in all, tho, I admire the TIME n' talent n' DEDICATION it takes to keep a great blog going~~~ ESPECIALLY since I wouldn't even know where to START!!!

Hope you have a gr888 week, kiddo!!! (And the antlers look great!)...

Linda in AZ *

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

I think it depends on what you want to communicate. I read blogs to see what other creatives are doing....what they've created. And I want to share what I've created too. I've had a facebook account for a long time...but never used it much other than to find out what party was happening and when. I have a lot of friends who are younger than I and they are on there constantly.

I really could care less what tv show you are watching now or where you are eating at this very I don't pay attention to it.

For me...blogs are as important or more important than my favorite magazines. I just recently put Mod Vintage Life on Facebook because I kept getting requests for it. A few people said that is how they like to keep up with it.

But its way secondary to blogging. I've also had twitter, personally for a couple of years and don't use it either. I have a friend who is a comedian and he tweets random silly comments all day and its great for that and then he tells everyone when he's doing a show. It's a great tool for things like that.

I don't need to tweet that "hey...I'm updating my blog right now in my pajamas...check it out".

I remember when everyone was going wild talking about blogs and when I checked them out...I was like's a website...a simple website...I'd had a website about my business that I posted on just like a blog way back in 1997. I was involved in a group of collector's that posted on a collector's board on AOL and it grew from that and became quite the business for me. The difference being that on a blog the reader could leave a comment. So I wasn't that impressed and didn't rush to set one up until I discovered all the design blogs and then I was like I sooooo need one of those. the way...because of you...I bought a bottle of Tobasco Chipolte Sauce and have been putting it on everything! Love it! See there is still value in a blog.

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

i wish. too many blogs out there that take themselves too seriously.
thank god for mine.


Karena said...

Hi Valorie,

I see bloggers of all ages out there. As long as the content is exciting and fresh I don't see this as a fade out!

Art by Karena

Elizabeth said...

I think they are right and they are wrong. I don't think blogs are anything remotely close to facebook or twitter, and on FB especially your audience is usually closed. I don't agree that blogs are going away, but it may be morphing. Merely blogging, in and of itself, is a tough way to get an audience. I agree with Toni Schneider in that FB and Twitter are complementary. As soon as I put a blog post up, that link goes on facebook. And if my post happens to be travel-trip report related, I also post it on places such as flyertalk, which has a forum for trip reports, for instance. I really like blogging to show my photos because instead of sending a link with 50 of my photos (overwhelming) I can send friends one link with a few photos, and a little story as well.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nita, I started using Tobasco also because of this blog. I had a bottle in the fridge because I just assumed it need to be there, but Valerie helped to reacquaint me with the sauce and now it finds its way into a lot of my cooking. This is what blog education is all about - reawakening our curiosity. The one thing I haven't been able to do, however, is find myself a pair of tango shoes.

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Valorie- What would be next? I am so enjoying blogs right now!


Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

Time will tell. Darn...just when I was really getting the hang of this!

joanny said...

blogging is still very viable means of communicating. speaking of which I also read that many are disenchanted with twitter.

It is just a matter of time before some one designs some thing else like myspace replaced by facebook etc...
I guess we will just adopt.


Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

Perhaps I am the odd man out, but I am in the 25-20 age group and tumblr does nothing for me. I agree with the person at the top, it seems to be a lot of look at me and the pants I just bought and how I paired it with a gosh awful vintage tablecloth.

If blogs are no longer beneficial, then I guess we must transition to stay relevant.

Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Margaret said...

Life before blogs was boring-they are "E-Books" of decor/eye candy. VV is one of my windows to Nola. Blogs take time-youth has no time for that. So long as there's Internet, there will be blogs.
BTW, Tabasco was always on the table in my mom's house in Nola...ever present & used on everything. XO