This post is based on an article that appeared in TOI, Mumbai 26th March, Page 20. It says that blogging interests are going down. It calls the blogs that have not been posting regularly or haven’t posted anything for a long time as Ghost Blogs. And it says that the number of ghost blogs is increasing day by day. It also goes on to say that when a blog is started, there is a lot of enthusiasm in the authors but it goes down as fast as it had grown or the authors run out of things to say or they don’t have time for all this.
What’s my say on this:
First of all, I believe blog is an excellent and the most subtle way of communication. It’s like only those people who like to read what you write read it. Something where you are not mailing them in their inbox to read what you write (you are not forcing them to read), but they read it if they are interested.
Secondly, blogs help you improve your language. It definitely does, no one would like to show they have bad English. You take extra care about not making mistakes. It improves your thought process because once you start writing you would like to corroborate what you say with as many things as possible. It improves your vocabulary because you would try to use new words to shoe it off to people…(I’ve not done it till date but I should start doing it..:)
Thirdly, it’s a nice experience to read what you wrote so long back. Sometimes it surprises you that you could write such a thing or you could think of such examples at that time. It makes you happy when people leave comments on your blog appreciating your writing (or even criticizing it).
Now, we know there are so many advantages to blogging, but the biggest barrier on becoming a successful blogger is dedication. Now, thats the case in anything you do…right? The article says people give up blogging to other attractive stuff like Video uploads or new friends on orkut. Such kind of a thing happens not only with blogs with so many normal things. People start doing something (most of the time because someone else is doing it) but move on to other things (just as the crowd moves to them)…its human psychology. But people who truly believe in what they are doing would not be affected. All blogs cannot die. Rather the good one’s will live on and leave a mark on the world in their own small way.
Now, to the point which upset me the most. Some (idiot) internet writer called blogs as the “dictatorship of idiots”. It was ok till these guys studied trends, made predictions and wrote articles more publishable places like the TOI, but it’s too much when they start calling blogs that. I know there are people who write stuff which makes them look like an idiot, but then who asked you to read it…go read some other blog which you find sensible. You are free to roam in the world of bloggers…so read what you like and ignore the rest.