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It feels like yesterday that blogs were huge. These days, we see fewer blogs than we used to. The term blogger has been replaced with vlogger and influencer. Yes, blogs have officially left the station.
Yet here I am, writing a blog, still. If you happen to be one of the few people reading this, you might wonder why I bother at all with an opinion like that.
The answer isn’t too complicated - I like writing, and I think blogs are critical to the health of the web.
With information so abundant on the internet, we have taken the power of writing to convey information for granted. We’ve not stopped to think about that enough.
Blog posts and articles can help make complex information available in ways that micro-blogs like Twitter cannot. Additionally, on the whole, video has never been as well-suited for reference material.
Blogs can also help raise awareness about complex issues, allowing someone such as myself to present a reasonable argument as I am doing here.
Besides these points, it can be easy to think that all the information you need is already on the web because of information abundance. But, unfortunately, there are still many things you can’t find out on the web, while a lot of existing information is inaccurate or outdated.
Indeed, it can be easy to forget that the web is an information ecosystem.
Blogs evolved from best practices of both journalism and information theory. The interconnected nature of pages online is how we collectively arrived at the World Wide Web phrase. These facts amount to one simple truth: blogs are uniquely important.
Personally, what I like about writing on a blog is that I don’t have to condense my writing into 100-whatever characters. Or having to write something I know will be popular enough to please an algorithm.
I’ll continue to write a personal blog even when I’ve long since deleted all my social media accounts.
We all need to understand an information crisis is on the horizon should things continue to follow the current lackadaisical pattern. Paywalls, featured snippets, and other sins of tech giants are all threatening the health of the information ecosystem of the web.
As agents and benefactors of the status quo, social media influencers corral and whip followers into a frenzy. As a result, there is a noticeable trend of disdain and contempt aimed at blogs, with social media micro-blogs infinitely more fashionable.
Whether you’re convinced or not, whether you’ll be starting a blog or supporting those you read more actively, one thing you can say is that you’ve come away from reading this with a new thought or idea, which proves my point - blogs are invaluable to us.