I’ve been wondering lately about the future of blogging; overloading my mind with questions. What will it look like years from now? Will it fade away like a cyber fad? Will the bubble burst like Dot Coms of the late 90’s? Will everyone online have a blog and will we get sick of it? Will the market of blogs be so saturated that it experiences diminishing returns? Or will blogging develop into an art form over the years to the point where technologies are developed specifically for blogging. As many bloggers, I often find myself in a real life situation thinking to myself ‘I should be blogging this’, wish I could preserve every detail for a future post. If there was a technology that could make that happen at the speed of thought (metaphorically) I would definitely look forward to it.
Much of the Internet is changing to become more blogging-friendly. YouTube for example is so well integrated with blogging. Also, for the past 3 years or so there’s been a lot of criticism by the media that bloggers are passing for journalists, but without the credentials. Point being that if you didn’t go to journalism school then you don’t get to voice your opinion. Though some time has passed by and abra cadabra! Suddenly networks like CNN are reporting information gathered from a blogger somewhere in the far corners of the cyber world. This says to me one thing: you can’t stop this phenomena.
Even bloggers have made some changes to their blogging and blogs. If you’ve noticed a lot of sidebars are being cleared from the clutter of buttons and badges that used to be the colourful assortment on most blogs. Designs that were once complicated are now becoming more and more simple, possibly to focus more on the content.
But what will blogs look like years from now? Will they be more political or personal or observational or ramblings of incoherent minds?
More importantly, will they still be around?