The two months that I’ve been underground, have seen some marked changes in the Blogosphere. And the most predominant of them being this strange shadow of silence all around.
Many of the really good bloggers I used to follow have disappeared as suddenly as I did, and without any explanation too. A lot of the newbies apparently gave up on blogging altogether. And the bloggers who are still active have seemingly adopted a “no-reply-to-comments” policy.
I used to follow certain favorite blogs even during the time my own blog was restricted, and I used to leave comments too occasionally. But it looks like because of a few comment spammers, bloggers have either completely stopped responding to comments, or they just leave a neutral “Thank you everybody for sharing your views here” a week after they published that post, when comments have dropped down to a negligible trickle.
I wonder what happened to those one-to-one replies. I guess it’s just a natural phase in the growth cycle of the Blogosphere. Maybe it has reached maturity... or middle-age perhaps? Whatever…
Another important change I’ve noticed is the onslaught of an increasing number of group blogs talking about non-personal stuff. Bloggers with similar wavelengths and similar interests join hands and start a community venture. Natural, I suppose... man has always been a social animal.
Also, more and more people are catching on to the “make-money-from-blogging” syndrome apparently. But this works for a very minute percentage, and requires a considerable amount of research, analysis, and investment of time. Not as much a piece-of-cake as those articles on Google Search make it seem -- “How to earn money from your blog?”, “Passive income with Google Adsense”, and blah blah blah! My content writing experience has taught me a lot… and not all of it was good.
So anyways, coming back to blogging… whatever be the motive for blogging, and whatever might be the content of the blog posts, one thing holds true regardless: all those who blog are creating something in some way… money, friends, art, poetry… something… anything.
So what are you creating with your blog? Please feel free to leave a comment below. Yes, comments are on again… and no, I don’t have a specific comments policy at the moment.