Well, it has been awhile again since the last post – and I have, as many of us infrequent bloggers probably have, wondered again whether to continue blogging for the few readers I reach, or whether to stop as the world has been taken over by… well, not so sure by whom. Certainly not Twitter, as it does not provide the in-depth information you would expect from a blog post, and neither Google+ nor Facebook, because you actually wouldn’t find anything there via a search engine.
From my point of view, there is still no substitute for the Blogosphere – the amount of useful information and nice discussions (yes, please comment!) provided by volunteers, on their own cost, is absolutely astonishing. And my favorite search engine is always ready to provide me a very quick route to the information I am looking for.
That is probably the largest change – apart from the most prominent blogs, nobody is following tiny blogs like mine. The 70% traffic share is coming from search engines, and another 15% of website links of forums and other blogs where somebody had found useful information and posted a link to alpenglow.info. So 85% of the visitors will not come again, because the next search will lead them elsewhere…
This kind of kills the community idea, but for the reader – who effectively becomes a “user” of a blog – it certainly is the most convenient way. And in a way, it also puts less pressure on the blogger, as there is no need to provide a continuous stream of useful information keeping readers interested (I read somewhere you need a post a week in order to maintain the interest. I never figured out how to get anybody to subscribe in the first place). The search engine will bring the readers anyway.
Oh, and on a side note – I am sitting in an airport hotel in Oslo on my way to Svalbard – one of nature photographer’s all time dream destinations. Stopping blogging has nothing to do with stopping photographing