Is blogging dying? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

Is blogging dying out? Are people deserting their blogs for Instagram? For Facebook?

In updating my blogroll and scheduling a blog tour f I discovered a lot of inactive blogs. Some blogsI I visited had been removed, others hadn’t been updated in months, some in a year. I know quite a few authors who say they have given up blogging.

While my visits are still respectable, my traffic has decreased 40-50% over what it was a year or two ago. Now, I’m not writing about spanking as much (and spanking was always good for a few hits, excuse the pun), but I wonder…it is the subject matter…or just blogging?

What has been your experience? Do you still blog as much as you used to? Have you noticed a decrease in your traffic? Have you encountered inactive blogs?

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9 Responses to Is blogging dying? Say it ain’t so, Joe!

  1. Wow, that is a big drop! I do think we are moving more and more toward the visual. Do we need to get on Instagram then??? Yikes! I’m curious what others have to say. I have never blogged religiously so I can’t say what’s happened with my blog since I really only use it for releases and promotion.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      I have joined Instagram! Right now it’s the hot new thing, especially favored by young adults. I had someone do a review of one of my books on Instagram. She set up a pretty cool picture.

      I do think that SFR does not have the draw that spanking does, and I attribute that to my drop, but I also encountered so many inactive blogs (many of which were spanking blogs, it makes me wonder.

  2. Kayla Lords says:

    You know me, lol. I’m continuing to blog and have no plans to stop. My views have grown over the past year – nothing astronomical but I’m happy with the growth. In my experience and opinion, when it comes to those of us who write erotica, erotic romance, or anything about sex, people want to be entertained, turned on, and (sometimes) informed. I can’t speak for anyone else’s experiences but consistent blogging with a variety of topics/posts – including flash fiction – gives readers a reason to come back to a blog.

  3. Leigh Smith says:

    There is a definite drop on my site over the last year, but then I don’t blog as much either. I offer a free story every Monday and I used to get double the hits I receive now. I’m in trouble if things become more techo.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      I think you’re in trouble. Lol. Things are getting more techno. Just when you learn one thing, something new comes along.

  4. Laurel Lasky says:

    I have a blog that I haven’t touched in two years, it was mainly reviews I’ve done. I have an idea for your Sci-Fi books. Take the same books and add spanking! The reader would have a choice of which to read. I joined Instagram and still haven’t quite figured it out. I need a ten year old kid as my tech translator, lol. It is much harder, at least for me, to learn new programs and when I do learn it, I’ll still one step off, lol. If I was young and just starting out, it would be computers, but now I’m old and past it, lol.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      I know my spanking romance readers would love to see spanking in my SFR. But there are many readers out there for whom spanking is a turn-off. Adding spanking affects the plot dramatically. I began to feel “hemmed in” by the spanking trope.

      As you know, my Breeder SFR series does have spanking in it, but it’s a much darker story.

      In an effort to broaden my readership base and open up new story lines, I chose not to include spanking in the Cy-Ops series. Ironically, spanking would have worked very well in book 1. However, it would not have worked at all in book 2 or 3, and it would have changed the entire nature of the story in book 4.

      Instagram is basically a cell phone camera program. Forget about your computer!

  5. Not for me! I keep feeling like I’m sure I can get more followers and try harder with my blog, and it would be a great way for me to find more of my audience. I actually love blogging enough to just do it for a “living.”

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