Shall we talk about blog reading? Because if you're here at all, then you read blogs, and if you're a Corner Viewer then you also author one. When I first started blogging in 2009, there were so many good reads in the blog world. It was a place where virtual friendships flourished and where, through the power of the written word alone, one could find a sense of community. A community, I felt, that by reciprocally sharing concepts, thoughts and personal journeys fostered connections, ideas, and even modes of life.
These days, although the Internet is more crowded than ever, the world of blogging isn't. When I recently went through my Feedly reader, I had to delete a good 60% of the blogs because they hadn't been updated in so long. Whatever happened to them all? Some bloggers simply vanished. But many moved on to other social medias that don't require the same kind of content than writing a blog does. In my own blog panorama, the one community that remains is this wonderful one, Corner View, because the others I used to particularly connect with (like, Simple, Green, Frugal for lifestyle, and Whip up for crafting) are no more, and have fragmented away.
So, what is a good read in the blog world these days? It's a question I've been pondering because, although Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other social media are the networks of choice these days, I don't think that the blog as a medium has become outdated: I still believe that the written world can be a powerful means of connecting people in different corners of the world in more meaningful virtual ways than the quick and instant sharing of a link, an image, a "friendship" or 140 characters. Am I alone in thinking this? Are you still reading blogs and writing your own with motivation? Are you still interacting with other blogs the way you used to? Is the blog world still a good read?
Thank you Nadine for the theme today, and sorry Corner Viewers for the unusual post, but for me this is what flowed from the topic Nadine proposed. How about something more light-hearted for next week? "The colors of January" shall be our theme for next Wednesday, and whoever has a particular theme they'd like to propose for the future, please write it in the comments.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and your corner view today!