A fellow blogger, bone&silver, wondered the other day if quick, visual media like Instagram and TikTok have stolen us from WordPress and word-based-blogging. I’ve thought about her post almost every day since I read it two weeks ago. I was struck particularly by her observation not that we are all scrolling and consuming these quick reels these days — I think we can all agree we do that — but that bloggers aren’t blogging as much. I hadn’t quite put that together until she stated it so plainly.
At least three-quarters of my favourite bloggers have either stopped altogether and disappeared, or else just post once a month or so.– bone&silver
I, too, had stopped blogging. Her post motivated me to start again. Like many bloggers, I’m on again off again with publishing. I’ll go on a several-day streak, and then I’ll dry up and stop, sometimes for weeks or months. Or I’ll publish sporadically when the mood strikes. The mood has struck since reading her post, and I’m leaning into it while it lasts.
I’m not on Facebook or TikTok, but I do scroll Instagram. What I get from it is fleeting. I see a cat or sheep video that makes me giggle, or a photo of a friend that makes me happy to see their face again, and get a snapshot of where they are in their life. And those things are good! But I don’t get a lot of insight into thoughts or feelings, and most of what I consume doesn’t stick with me or make me think. Words take more time, but I like their depth and meaning.