Depending on when you were born, you’re put into a “box” and labeled accordingly.

Age groups are sometimes labeled as such:

  1. The Millennium Generation (Born after 1980)
  2. Generation X (Born 1965 – 1980)
  3. Baby Boomers (Born 1945 – 1964)
  4. The Silent Generation (Born 1928 – 1944)
  5. The Greatest Generation (Born before 1928)

This information is often used to report how different generations act or feel about certain topics.

Today’s Lesson

Take for example, the 2010 report on Pew Internet titled, Social Media and Young Adults

According to the section in the report about blogging,

In December 2007, 24% of online 18-29 year olds reported blogging, compared with 7% of those thirty and older.

By 2009, just 15% of internet users ages 18-29 maintain a blog—a nine percentage point drop in two years. However, 11% of internet users ages thirty and older now maintain a personal blog.

That’s a 4% increase in adults who were born before 1980.

What I found interesting is how those in the Millennium Generation are stepping away from blogging (and moving toward social networking sites such as Facebook), but those who are older, are turning toward blogging as a way to communicate with others and to share their thoughts.

Although those in the older generations have lived longer and may feel their blog will be a living legacy or serve another purpose, the younger generation may be on the leading edge of technology.

Seeing the shift makes me wonder, are older generations lagging behind the younger ones only to make the shift in a year or two, or will the older generations become the prominent force in blogosphere?

I’d like to see the latter, however, with no data to support that, I could be wrong.

Today’s Assignment

Do you think blogs will lose their popularity or die off?

Would you continue to blog even if it’s not the “in” thing to do?

Care to share?

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Articles which inspired this post:

  1. The Future of Blogging, by Doriano “Paisano” Carta of Web Worker Daily. Check out the comments on this post, as well.
  2. Baby Boomers In The Digital Age – on the Pew Internet website
  3. “Millienums, A Portrait Of Generation Next”
  4. A comprehensive study in demographics which can be found on the Pew website. For those of you who are targeting specific demographics, reading this could be beneficial. (Note: It’s 149 pages long)

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  1. It would also be an interesting study to see just how much of an increase in blogging software is being used over the same time period.

    Blogs are blogs, but blogging software are increasingly being used to power websites. They’re cost effective and easy to set up.

    I think blogs are here to stay for quite a while. It’s how they will be used which I’m not so sure about.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi John,

      It’s great to see you again. It’s been awhile, hey?

      That’s a good point. Many do use blog platforms as websites. So, although they’re not “technically” a blog, they’re being built the same way.

      • Hi Barbara. Been around online but not commenting as much these days. I’ve been working on a few projects as well as a little customer support… throw that in with family time, work, etc. and well, you know.
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      • Keith DavisNo Gravatar says:

        Hi Barbara
        John has a good point about blogging software being set up as regular websites not blogs.
        That was exactly the reason I was attracted to WordPress – within WordPress you can set up static pages, even have your home page as a static page and not the blog page.
        Website becomes a regular site with a blog.
        I even considered not calling my blog “blog” but “articles” instead.
        Judging by the number of downloads for WordPress the platform is going from strength to strength.
        No need to panic just yet.
        BTW – It’s good to see you out and about John.
        .-= Check out Keith Davis´s awesome post: Laugh and the world… =-.

        • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

          Hi Keith,

          That’s true. Many are using blogging platforms to create “websites” and not calling them blogs. If no one is the wiser, readers can’t even tell the difference.

          I hear you about WordPress downloads. It’s amazing how many users they have.

  2. Mike GoadNo Gravatar says:

    I think that, as long as there is an internet or something like it, there will be a place for blogs… or something like them. I plan to be blogging — in one form or another — for quite a while yet.
    .-= Check out Mike Goad´s awesome post: A New Journey of Discovery =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Mike,

      I was thinking about you and your upcoming project when I wrote this. By the sounds of it, you have a lot of content you want to get out there, so yes, you’ll be around for a long time. :)

  3. CarolineNo Gravatar says:

    Oh gosh, I hope that blogging does not die! I think there will always be a place for bloggers (be it micro blogging or via social networking). I know that many advertisers and turning to blogs as a way to promote products…as they realize that word of mouth is much more effective in selling products. As with anything, only time will tell!

    Great post!
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Caroline,

      Good point. Advertisers like blogs for not only the reviews bloggers provide, but like you said, to promote their products. Doing the same on Twitter or Facebook wouldn’t have the same impact.

  4. I believe that business and corporate blogs are here to stay. They are excellent marketing tools. As for personal blogging, I do believe that most bloggers will shift to micro blogging and other forms of sharing. Only people who enjoy writing will keep up with personal blogging – and that’s not a huge percentage of the population. :)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Vered,

      I hear you. More and more I’m seeing corporate websites which contain a blog. It’s the perfect way for them to stay in touch with their customers, plus provide updates.

      Like you, I can see more personal bloggers moving to Facebook. It’s an easier platform from which to share and doesn’t seem to have the same pressures blogging does.

  5. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I can feel the shift in blogging…I think it is disappearing or reformatting except as Vered says those who write (not worried about the money) and corporate bloggers/advertisers…and yes the boomers keep lagging behind the techno folks, now I think because of the economic situation. Younger folks raced to the iPad the boomers are waiting to see how it will transition and maybe saving themselves an expense short term?

    I think the boomers are truly looking for meaning and asking themselves will this cover the bills? My Mother never asked for money from her parents she just came home and ate and visited.
    During my 3 years of unemployment they asked me to pay rent to live with them…because my father was dying and they were retired. Now, my kids have to contribute to the family events and vacations or we have to say no….we have to pay health care over family time…and we are not retired.

    Let’s do this post again in another year.
    I will say that very few my age blog or SU/ but many are doing Facebook…
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Patricia,

      I wonder if the boomers, and maybe event the Gen xers lag behind due to the fact they already have a plate full with families and careers. Time is so valuable, many may not feel what spare time they do have is best spent on a blogging (micro or other). Then we have the “Sandwich” generation and for those who are there, spending time online may be the furthest thing from their mind.

      And yes, many boomers will wait to see if a new technological gadget is worth the investment or if it’s just a passing fad.

  6. I am in the Baby Boomer age group. I blog and will continue to do it as soon as I feel the urge and as long as I feel that I am helping other survivors of abuse through my writing on my blog.

    A little over a month ago, I started using my Facebook account that I have had for probably two years or more. Now I am very busy with that account.

    At the same time, I started using my Twitter account as well to reach out to others and as a way to further my speaking out against child abuse.

    It will be interesting to see what the future holds for bloggers and Social Media sites.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Patricia,

      Wow! You’re one busy lady. I sure admire your determination to get the word out there about abuse. I know you’ve been blogging about it for quite some time now, and by adding Facebook and Twitter, you’ll definitely reach a wider audience.

      Keep up the great work, Patricia.

  7. suzenNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara! I’m the only one in my circle of friends that blogs, all of us being boomers. Most of the people I know don’t even know what blogs ARE, consequently thinking I’m some techy wizard which of course you know is just hysterical!

    I would think that the younger generations will move on to another media – if in fact tweeting hasn’t taken over their lives already. I’ve not seen a lot of sticktoittiveness with younger people – don’t mean to sound as if this is a condemnation of any sort, just an observation. Here is part of the reason -

    When I first started blogging I “visited” dozens and dozens of “dead abandoned” blogs. It was actually frustrating to find some that actually were LIVE and updated – not to mention well written. I think there should be a graveland for dead blogs. Beyond that, who knows what the future holds? Interesting questions for us to ponder —- as usual!
    hugs
    suZen
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi SuZen,

      Your comment makes me wonder. If a lot of people don’t know what blogs are, does that mean they’re still in their infancy? Or, are will they just be classified as another online “hobby” which suits some, but not others?

      Speaking of the younger generation, the reports do say The Millenniums do prefer the “instant” type of communication over slower methods. That’s probably why they’re more into texting, MySpace, Facebook and even Twitter, whereas some of the older bloggers are more hesitant to join. (Not to mention the time commitment)

  8. ToniNo Gravatar says:

    I think The Millenium Generation prefer facebook or twitter rather than just write on the blog
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Toni,

      Yes. That’s also what the reports say; the Millennium Generation prefers micro blogging platforms.

  9. Bruce DanielsNo Gravatar says:

    The Millennium Generation that left blogging, moved on to text and twitter/FB for instant gratification reasons. As they mature, some will return to the blogosphere.
    Blogging will never die. It may transform and morph into something other than what we see today. Many in my industry are already using the blogging platform as microsites to enhance an exsisting websites.
    I started blogging as only a reader, transformed to comments and finally started writing. My entire plan and set of goals for a blog have changed direction recently.
    I will continue to blog. I have found I love to write.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Bruce,

      Good point. Many who left blogging may return when they realize micro blogging isn’t allowing them to share as much as they would like. Plus, they may find it’s a much better way to share when they get established in careers.

      That’s one good thing about blogs; even if they were to lose their popularity, many like you would continue to blog so they can share their work.

  10. Chania GirlNo Gravatar says:

    Hmm, I’m not sure the answer to this question lies in the act of blogging itself but maybe more a comfort level with the technology involved. My mom for example is 67. She Facebooks all the time and uploads photos, shares links, etc. … but she worked for years at a job that made her very familiar with computers, and she has no problems with the new media. Blogging, however, would be a challenge for her, I think, simply because of all the code … and the time commitment.

    I wonder if anyone’s thought about the trend of the Millennium Generation (and younger) having anything to do with attention-span deficit? Not to sound old, but this is the generation that’s grown up to the 10-second sound byte and fast everything. If there’s any truth to that, then of course Twitter and other micro-forms will attract!

    What do you think?
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Chania Girl,

      You may be onto something – in both of your points.

      Older folk are often intimidated by modern technology. Facebook, and even Twitter make it fairly easy to communicate and share, but like you said, blogs require more.

      Yes. Some of the Millenniums do appear to be have been raised on those 10 second sound bytes, which can unintentionally create a shorter attention span. It will be interesting to see what happens when they age. Will technology continue to accommodate them, or will they gain an appreciation of a slower pace?

      Only time will tell, hey?

  11. Blog is best way to express and great way to share. As long as there is a share minded people, there is no chance of a death day of blog.

    I always do blog because I always find something to share.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Arafat,

      I agree. Blogs may experience a dip in popularity, however, the micro blogging platforms don’t necessarily offer the same benefits we find in blogosphere.

      Like you, I plan to keep blogging. :)

  12. Blogging, for me, is about writing. I’ll certainly continue to do it as long as I’m able to keep writing. I do think that there will continue to be a shift toward micro-blogging, but I think blogs are the best way to go if you’re more interested in the writing aspect. Great and thought-provoking post!

    • I’m with you on that entirely! I think there will always be people who gravitate to a shorter form of communication (IMs, texting, Twitter, FB etc) and for them, that’s enough. Me? I’ll be writing as long as I’m able to do so and I suspect there’s lots of us like that out here. :)

      Nice post, Barbara. It will be fun to see how things shake out as technology evolves.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Dani,

      I hear you. Those who love to write are more suited to blogs than to micro blogging like Twitter or Facebook, as we have so many more options.

  13. Hi Barbara – We learned at our recent corporate retreat that the fastest growing Facebook demographic is women 55+. So I think there is valuable meaning in the data if one has targeted a niche for business or audience purposes as one would want to migrate service platforms along with one’s target demographic.

    I just saw another post this morning from a personal finance blogger who was comparing success by monetization in her niche between male and female bloggers and equating it to niche focus, propensity to blog more personally – in short, the male and female way of blogging, so to speak, differs in terms of average income. Females being lower of course. Do more men than women read personal finance blogs? Or is this an indicator of lag for women as adapters in general, even though blogging has somewhat matured?

    So…do I have a point? Maybe! I think it’s possible to infer almost anything from stats, but what most impacts the trendline has as much to do with intent, perhaps, as it does with group. We’re compelled to share in different ways along the journey. Sometimes that may be micro, other times we have the circumstances to macro-share, or even over-share, eh?

    This is like everyone who said email is dead. Considering there are legions just now learning to power on a computer, I don’t think so. :)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Betsy,

      How interesting; about Facebook’s fastest growing demographic.

      And your second story was fascinating, as well. Personally I do think women and men blog differently, thus, it could affect how well they do with the monetization of a blog, as well as how they market it.

      I know what you’re saying about the old stories about email being dead. Case in point, a friend of mine just got their first computer and one of the reasons they did was so they could email their friends.

  14. Sam LiuNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    This is a fascinating topic you’ve raised here. I know that a lot of my friends are lovers of Facebook (and Facebook seems to be more popular than Twitter for some reason). But I also know that very few of them barely know what the Blogosphere is, let alone maintain their own blog.

    I think to blog, one has to have a certain level of maturity; maturity which allows one to coherently express thoughts, make worthwhile comments on other people’s writing and engage in conversation with bloggers from the world over. A level of maturity that, I feel, a lot of youngsters haven’t yet mastered. I know, I sound like I’m an old man, but I’m just 15 – I have always been told I have a sense of maturity above my years. This is sometimes a hindrance, but sometimes a help. Anyway, I think that, as people grow up, they start to develop their own maturity and perhaps we just need to wait for the younger generation to become the adult generation for them to start blogging. Don’t discount them too soon, I am quite, quite sure that blogging has a very bright future ahead of it.
    .-= Check out Sam Liu´s awesome post: An Evening Of Poetry =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Sam,

      What I see with Facebook is it’s more personal. You know, how you can share photos and personal type updates, whereas on Twitter you’re limited to 140 characters and unless you have a large following, many may not see your message.

      You’re right. Blogging does take more “work”, which could equate to maturity.

      I didn’t realize you were only 15. Based on what you’ve shared here and on your blog, I assumed you were much older. The quality of your writings are well beyond your years.

  15. Alien GhostNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    Interesting statistics! My take is that maybe older people, not knowing much of technology as a natural thing for us, consider blogging as a way of communication rather than the latest cool thing to be in.

    Younger people adapt very easy to use the internet and blog platforms so is easy for them to “get in” so “to be in”, but for older people (like me) we fight it to make it work because, as you mention, is about communication, connection and maybe contribute some of our experience to others. More like getting something done rather than tasting the latest flavor.

    Raul

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Raul,

      It’s good to see you again. I was just on your blog and see I have some catching up to do.

      Yes. When we get older, we get past that “latest flavor” scenario and spend more time finding what works best for us, not for the masses. I also think we have less peer pressure (or aren’t affected by it), so we’re more apt to sign up for what we feel is a good choice instead of “signing up” because everyone else is doing it.

  16. The numbers may sway from year to year, but altogether blogs are here to stay.

    Now I can only speak from my blog hopping travels; much smaller then any “study’ of course, but I see the opposite…

    The Junior high, high school, and college bloggers are coming out in FORCE, and are certainly a force to reckon with. :)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Dennis,

      I agree. Blogs are here to stay.

      So, you’re seeing the younger generation getting into blogging? Makes me wonder who Pew interviewed. From reading your comment, it appears they chose the wrong sampling.

  17. ColleenNo Gravatar says:

    Are Blogs Dying?

    No!

    I just attended a webinar yesterday where we discussed the impact of social media on blogging. Someone had mentioned blogging is dead. Although social media is cool, blogging rocks. Our blog entries bring us way more traffic than social media and other sources.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Colleen,

      I’m with you. Blogging does rock.

      Like you, I see more activity from the blog alone than I have when I’ve been active on social networking sites.

      I think they can compliment each other, but not necessarily replace the other.

  18. HilaryNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara .. we can write, we have more indepth knowledge, we are older (obvious!), we realise there are opportunities out there for us to take and develop an interest, or earn a living, or adding to our offline business – by supplementing it with pertinent or interesting snippets of info … I don’t see how we can go forward without some form of essay, or dissertation: someone needs to draft and write the regulations etc .. We can’t all live in a txt, 40 character world .. it’s too ephemeral … I think successful bloggers – be they large or small .. people that enjoy their blog and have regular commenters – will utilise their blogs in many ways, including using social media to a point … often because the grandchildren use it.

    So to answer your questions .. no I don’t think blogs will die off .. there are academic blogs too .. and I will continue to blog, unless there’s a better medium .. and there isn’t at the moment .. we need all forms .. written words, audio-pod casts, and video … Great post .. thanks- Hilary
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Hilary,

      I like how you mentioned we need them all; blogs, audio, video, plus social networking sites. Each person will develop a preference and settle in with what works best for them. But there’s too many bloggers who enjoy this platform to give it up unless, like you said, something better comes along.

  19. Farmers*WifeNo Gravatar says:

    Howdy,

    I’m finally finding time to get back into reading from my blog roll.

    I’m a coagulation of all. Though, I haven’t twittered lately (only because TweetDeck had issues with me) I typically, blog, FB, and tweet.

    I can promote my blog posts via the current instant gratification methods and at the same time I can virtually TEXT to anyone anywhere on the world via FB and Twitter.

    I’m going to be 38 years old in two months. I find myself in the middle of staying on top of all the social venues. With two children quickly approaching their teens, it is a must.

    But, it is also a love. I love cyberspace. ;-) Oh, and I’ll never quit blogging….
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  20. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Farmer’s Wife,

    How smart of you. When we have teens who are using social media sites, staying on top of technological developments becomes a necessity. It can not only bring us closer to our kids, but it also provides us with a way to monitor their activities online. (not that I advocate “spying”, but children are often the target of the sickos who troll on the internet).

  21. Super post!

    Nope — I don’t think blogs will die off at all, and I imagine as today’s kids mature, they’ll get more into blogging too. Possibly? :)

    Amazing content will continue to shine — bloggers may just have to work harder to get and keep readers.

    It’s all good!

    And new things will come in, so Internet usage will no doubt be constantly shifting. Maybe you can re-post this in 10 years and see how things have changed? :)

    xo
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Jannie,

      I’m with you. Blogging and internet usage will probably shift, but there will always be a need for good content.

      I’ll mark my calender and repost this in 2020. :)

  22. SaraNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara — I am from the Baby Boomer generation. I think the use of blogs and even regular email is because that’s what we are accustomed to. My generation still wrote letters! It’s hard to achieve the brevity in a text message or even a tweet.

    I don’t see blogging losing popularity any time soon. I think blogs are important to certain service businesses as a way to personalize the business. I know if I go online and the business has a blog, I will check it out….then again, I’m a Baby Boomer:~)

    In addition, I think blogging attracts people who like to write, express themselves or share their creativity. I can’t really that changing dramatically. Twitter and even Facebook don’t really allow you to fully share your thoughts. Blogging does!

    As usual, very interesting topic. I agree with Jannie, it would interesting to see the responses to this post in 5 or 10 years from now. Thanks:~)
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Sara,

      I’m a baby boomer too, and like you recall when hand written letters were the means of communication between family and friends. Oh how I loved receiving a letter in the mail. :)

      I hear you. Blogging is the perfect platform for writers or wannabe writers. It’s great practice. It’s a great way to get feedback from others. And, it can also be where a writer gets discovered. I don’t see that happening on Twitter or Facebook, so yes, I also think blogs will live on.

  23. Mandy AllenNo Gravatar says:

    Oh my God, I’m a baby boomer and I didn’t know it! Hmmm, well these are interesting figures. I wonder if it has anything to do with falling standards of education and people’s ability to construct a whole sentence (or a paragraph) without using text language??

    I don’t think blogs will die. I think that younger people are finding there are so many opportunities to keep busy, a quick twitter or facebook post (mainly in text language!) from their mobile phone is what they want, rather than writing a whole page of sensibly constructed sentences and paragraphs…cynical? Yes, I work with young people and have seen the change in their attention over the years (30 + years experience in youth work), and I can assure you today it is not writing with any measure of competence that attracts them. I do feel that they may change their attitude towrds it as the grow and learn more about the world (I hope they do anyway!), and I do think blogs will be here forever, but they take work to make them work and some people simply don’t.

    Another thought provoking topic, thanks.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Mandy,

      I find that sad; that you’re seeing change in children, including a decreasing attention level and lack of love for writing. Like you, I also hope the day will come when they enjoy reading, and maybe even writing blogs, instead of only communicating via text messages or other means which doesn’t utilize the full power of their native language.

  24. I have been exploring how its easier to be honest online and think blogging offers that outlet, but there is a risk with so many out there that the good ones could get lost or too commercialised.
    .-= Check out Late Night Mum´s awesome post: Why are we more honest with online strangers than real life friends? =-.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Late Night Mum,

      That’s true. Many bloggers are voicing opinions on topics they may not even discuss with their friends and family. Although that can make for good “therapy”, it makes me wonder if by doing so, we lose touch with the real world.

  25. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara.
    Neat research. I don’t see blogs dying off altogether; slowing down maybe or being used differently as a few of the others have said. There are so many social media platforms springing up these days and the younger crowd is generally eager to try the newest fad. Myself (a baby boomer), am always one of the last to jump on the latest and greatest; I’ve never sent a text message, for example. As for following the in-crowd I don’t fall into that category – hah – as I’ve just illustrated.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Thank you Davina,

      It’s going to be interesting to watch. That’s for sure.

      I know what you mean about new social media platforms springing up. Some will make the grade and can become a force to be reckoned with, but others may just be a passing fad. Unless we have tons of time (which most of us don’t), I like your advice of waiting before jumping onto the latest bandwagon.

  26. Tony SingleNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I’m from Generation x, which suits me fine because I’ve always been a huge X-Files fan! :P

    I’m with Suzen on this. I’m the only one in my circle of friends and family who blogs. I guess everyone else is actually having, you know, a life. Ah well, keeps me off the streets and out of mishief I suppose! :P

    I think there’s just no way to tell how the whole blogging thing will go. Will it decline? Will it boom after a lull? Will it ebb and flow according to society’s whim? It’s just too hard to say.

    I hope blogging hangs around for my lifetime anyway. I enjoy it and would be bereft if I had no other public creative outlet.

  27. Tony SingleNo Gravatar says:

    Dang it, I spelled mischief wrong. :(

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Tony,

      That’s true. There is no way of knowing where blogging will go, but like you, I hope it lasts for my lifetime, too.

      But I’m guessing it won’t be long before you’re a famous cartoonist. Hopefully you’ll drop by to say “hi” every now and then. 8)

  28. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    Blogs will not die. Those technocrats will continue to seek out other media that will fit their zooming brain. I will be part of the boomers with the wait and see attitude. So much so soon will never end with technology changing so fast.
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    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      Hi Linda,

      I hear you. The young have that capability to easily grasp all of the latest and greatest technology, while us boomers plug along and patiently wait to see what sticks.

      In the meantime, happy blogging!

  29. I agree there is a very real risk we can lose touch with the real world. Equally the real world can be very judgemental and by blogging anonymously I get to explore my real feelings with people. I am getting fed up with my real life so called friends playing games.
    .-= Check out Late Night Mum´s awesome post: Who are we to judge how many kids people have and what sex they are? =-.

  30. Blogging takes patience and perseverance. Sometimes those characteristics don’t fully develop until we are a little older.

    Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter are fast, instant and don’t require a lot of thought. But when if comes to a real exchange of information on any level or topic, a blog will always excel.

    May the younger folks will turn to blogging as they mature and grow in experience. Ultimately more meaning can be found in the depth of a blog, I think.
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  31. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Joella,

    I agree. Blogging does take a time commitment many young people may not feel is worth it, therefore some will turn to micro blogging on platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. Or, just texting their friends.

    It will be fascinating to watch how blogs develop or change over the coming years.

  32. JoydipNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you for sharing the link and definition.I agree, those conversational type blogs are fun to read. The author really gives their readers a true look at themselves, right down to their language.You’re right. Blogs are a great vehicle for us to utilize to get our content out there.

    • Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

      You’re welcome Joydip,

      Yes. Blogs are the perfect vehicle to use if we want to get a message out, plus we can reach people all over the world. How cool is that?

  33. darrenNo Gravatar says:

    I think you can usefully have a blog no matter what age you are. it all depends if you have something constructive to say. Whether it be opinions on relevant topics or passing on the benefits of hard-earned experience many people have something to offer.
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  34. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Darren,

    You’re right. Blogs are suitable for anyone. And with so many topics to choose from, the possibilities are unlimited.