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What’s The Future Of Blogging?

Zach (from Akinotsuki) and I were discussing various blogging concepts earlier tonight. You’d be surprised how much of our interaction concerns blogs, in one form or another (I promise we actually know each other outside of the internet). Anyway, we were talking about different sorts of blogging formats, the benefits multiple-writer blogs versus those of single-writer sites, and it got me thinking about the future of blogging. Admittedly, it’s still a relatively new phenomenon, and really didn’t get going until perhaps ten years ago – technically, I’m sure someone out there was blogging prior to that, but it probably wasn’t known as such. Besides, ten years ago would the average member of the public have any clue what a blog was? I doubt it, but I digress.

There’s been great growth already, going from simple text to adding photos, video, audio, etc. You’ve got open-ended posts that ask a simple question and rely on readers to create responses (and hence, meaningful content), angry rants about everything under the sun, commentary on any form of news imaginable, traditional “dear diary” type posts, and base attempts at gossip and/or journalism. Beyond that, there are media-only posts, from video blogs, to podcasts, to photographer and artist-oriented formats that feature a single photograph as a post.

In short, almost every imaginable medium that we currently use has been adapted to blogging in one form or another. We got a little more frantic with our communication, giving rise to shorter and faster ways of keeping in touch – texting first, and from there the online adaptation that is Twitter. It would seem logical that the evolution of blogging will follow the evolution of our own connectivity and forms of communication.

Uploading pictures taken on camera phones to the internet is possible, though I’m not sure you can quite call it widespread; the rapid spread of smart phones will change this. Twitting is also possible via mobile phone. The simultaneous growth of blogging and the connectivity of the average person will likely converge. The end result will likely prove to be blogging similar to what we know, but with discernible differences. Here’s what I’m thinking:

  • When those that write commentary for their blog come across a compelling topic, perhaps such commentary will be near-instantaneous – they read something, form an opinion, record a short video or text blip either decrying or endorsing the news, and publish it, all within the span of 30 or 45 seconds.
  • As services like YouTube grow, most blogs will lean toward creating video content instead of text. Those with a truly artistic grasp on the use of newer forms of expression may create posts more eloquent and thought-provoking than anything that can be had today.
  • Others may create hundreds upon hundreds of posts per day – not lengthy articles, but something akin to Twitter – short quick thoughts, photos taken, tiny video clips, etc; micro-posts, if you will.
  • The eventual pinnacle of a blog will likely require a vast amount of personality. You know those people that are absolutely fascinating, whether or not you actually like them? People like Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, and heck, Rush Limbaugh – may very well find more success in an online persona than anything TV or radio can offer.
  • A permanently open video chat may become a feature of blogs – interactivity
    This is me being interactive

    This is me being interactive

    between writer and reader or artist and viewer is something to which we can aspire. As we become connected for a greater and greater portion of our day, the idea of reality constantly augmented through online interaction may seem normal.

  • Pervasive sponsorship and advertising isn’t too far-fetched, either. The more popular folks out there may get paid to have a product prominently displayed within view of their webcam, for example. Bringing up a company in conversation is also possible, though I imagine it would have to be quite tactful so it wouldn’t quickly become tiresome.

Are any of these possibilities completely new or revolutionary? Nope, I left my crystal ball at my apartment; maybe next time. Most of them make sense, though, and I base my suppositions on what we currently have access to in one form or another. We upload photos, though not always directly to a blog. A lot of people use Twitter, but not necessarily with any sort of regularity. Lots of people use video chat to interact with friends, but not necessarily with the readers of their blog. Replying via the comment section is possible, but indirect at best. Certain popular content creators on YouTube are sponsored or have financial agreements with site admins, but they rarely transcend YouTube. Any changes that will occur in the next five or ten years will likely be evolutionary, and rooted in technology that we currently use. Regardless of what blogging looks like, I’m confident that it will only become even more popular.

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February 10, 2009 - Posted by | Tech | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I’m the future of blogging.

    Comment by Zach | February 11, 2009 | Reply

    • of course you are…

      Comment by Brian | February 11, 2009 | Reply


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