A few days ago, I wrote a post about How To Have a Happy Marriage With Your Blog, which is all about helping along that love-hate dynamic that many of us have with our blogs.
The comments to the post fascinated me, because they seemed to validate something I’ve been feeling in the blogosphere, but that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
For weeks now, I’ve sensed a general malaise with blogging and social media.
In my fairly-large Twitter circle, things have gotten very quiet. I don’t see the chatter and engagement that I used to.
I see fewer and fewer comments – not just on my own blog, but on other people’s as well.
I’d see random Facebook updates, or get emails from friends, or watch a tweet go by that would mention how that person is weary of blogging.
A few friends, Tracy of Sellabit Mum and Jackie of With Just A Bit of Magic, recently posted Facebook questions about this very topic, asking people where they are spending their time. Why has Twitter gotten so quiet? I’ve personally started spending more time on Facebook because it seems more lively.
The comments on Wednesday’s posts verified that there is something wrong, very wrong, in our little corner of blogging land.
My commenters spoke of being in deep valleys with their blogging. Not feeling like it was worth it. Considering walking away.
I’ll have to admit, I’ve been feeling this same sense of malaise myself.
It sort of feels like the blogosphere got infected with a nasty flu virus. Or that there’s a collective weight dangling around all of our necks, dragging us into dreary pits that leave us with little energy to climb out.
I’ve been blogging as part of this community for two years, and I haven’t ever witnessed anything like it.
It got me wondering: is it just my blogging circle?
And why are so many people feeling this way at the same time?
Is it because most of my peers and I are at a natural evolution point with our blogs?
Or is there something more – social media fatigue? An urge to turn away from digital and get on with our physical lives?
I don’t have the answer – only questions as to why there’s radio silence.
So I’ll ask you: have you noticed the radio silence? Are you feeling a lack of engagement and energy in the blogosphere? Are you at a place where your blog is bringing you down?
Is your Twitter stream as active as it used to be? Are you getting the same number of comments on your blog that you typically do?
What do you think it’s all about?