All across the blogosphere, you find them:
Abandoned blogs, cluttering the Internet landscape.
Maybe they were a once-favorite source of insight on your blogroll or in your RSS feed. You decide one day to have a peek to see what that old blogger is up to these days. Only to find that the last post was in 2011. Or worse, 2010.
In my mind’s eye, I see piles and piles of abandoned blogs along the shoulders of the information highway, heaped like rusting jalopies in a junkyard.
Might this blog soon join those ranks?
I don’t know. All I know is that I’m feeling like I don’t have much time for this pursuit anymore.
It isn’t that I don’t enjoy blogging, or find it valuable. It’s just that other commitments, primarily work and family, have taken up more of my time and energy. Which isn’t that unusual. According to the latest State of the Blogosphere report, 61 percent of the bloggers who report blogging less than in the past say work and family commitments are the main reason.
I know I’m not alone. Many terrific individuals in the higher ed community — intelligent, articulate communicators — blog infrequently. Some contribute so infrequently to their creations that they might as well put their blogs out of their misery. Search my blogroll and you’ll find many that haven’t been updated in months. And many of them are very good blogs, written by articulate, intelligent people who had great insights to share.
What I find rather depressing about all of this is that most of us who blog or advise people about social media frequently advise others to feed their creations — to provide and update content.
What causes them to abandon their blogs? Do they feel that they’re just too busy to give their creations any attention? Have they spread themselves too thin, trying to balance their hectic social media lives and personae across too many platforms? Are we trying to ride the wave on too many surfboards, of varying shapes and sizes?
Maybe it’s a matter of prioritizing our social media usage. Maybe we’ve decided Facebook is at the top of our list, followed by Twitter, then Pinterest, etc., and our blogs have fallen farther down the list of priorities. Maybe so far down that it is no longer a priority at all.
If blogging isn’t a part of your job, or isn’t a source of income (either directly, through ads and such, or indirectly, as a tool to promote your services), then what motivates you to blog?