Youth Ditch Conventional Blogging for Social Media

“Former bloggers said they were too busy to write lengthy posts and were uninspired by a lack of readers. Others said they had no interest in creating a blog because social networking did a good enough job keeping them in touch with friends and family.” A recent article by the New York Times reports that conventional blogging has dropped by 50% over the past 4 years for people between the ages of 12 and 17. Ages 18-33 also saw a decrease, but not quite as dramatic. The NYT interviewed a filmmaker who’s a high school senior from San Fransisco. He used to post all of his videos on a blog, but discouraged from lack of viewers, now says, “I don’t use my blog anymore. All the people I’m trying to reach are on Facebook.”

Others challenge the assertion that the blog is dying, claiming that it is merely reshaping. While some blogging platforms have felt the shift in usage, others have managed to avoid any decline. One example is Tumblr. Rather than long written posts, many have started sharing photos and short posts, which they claim are much easier to manage.

Although youths may be ditching long-winded blog entries, older generations are gaining interest in “having a voice.” The percentage of those who blog between the ages of 34-45 rose from 10% to 16% from 2008 to 2010. The New York Times interviewed a retired Air Force officer who says, “I’d rather spend my time writing up a blog analysis than a whole bunch of short paragraphs and then send them to people,” he said. “I don’t need to tell people I’m going to the grocery store.”

Overall it seems, “The act of telling your story and sharing part of your life with somebody is alive and well — even more so than at the dawn of blogging,” Mr. Rainie said. “It’s just morphing onto other platforms.”

Read more from the New York Times article: Blogs Wane as the Young Drift to Sites Like Twitter

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