On the other hand, consider this a pertinent question: Is it no longer cool to blog? Has blogging become too tedious for you to carry on, or has the passion and determination gone out the window?
Blogging started in a democratic way allowing freedom of expression on a platform open to everyone who knows how to kick-start a blog. For the early birds who caught on to the blogging craze, it was an exciting world of expressing yourself to all and sundry who came to read your blog.
This was the time when those in the know about Internet entrepreneurial ventures developed their blogging skills and moved on to the next level of their blogging experience. From blogs filled with personal ramblings and idiosyncratic musings, they changed gear and moved into the realm of making money online with their blogs or they eased up and become more circumspect in the way they blog.
The ones who made it big-time in their blogging are now sitting pretty as professional bloggers - some running many niche blogs earning residual income albeit with the help of some other bloggers who are being paid to keep these blogs running. Some would like to call them the A-list bloggers and they have garnered a huge following of fans, because like bees, these fans love to gather around the beehives where the honey (or money) pot is supposed to be.
That's not far from the truth, because if A-listers are supposedly great money-makers that's where the fans (or fanboys as dubbed by other bloggers) will like to hang around, hoping a little bit of crumbs here and there might help to "enlighten their blogging experience" and in the process take them to the "next level."
But thankfully not all bloggers are "honeysuckers." Some bloggers do have a mind of their own and they have enough sense to learn from their own experience to understand how things work when it comes to search engines optimization, getting organic web traffic, internet marketing, keyword targeting and other relevant issues that will help to enhance their knowledge of the world of blogging.
Ebb and flow in blogging
Truth be told, it was generally assumed that it was much easier to reach the top in the early days than it is today. Having come this far, I'm inclined to agree with that assumption. The Internet has evolved in many ways after more than a decade. There are probably a gadzillion bloggers on this planet today, so it looks like if you fall out on the wayside, there'll be others to replace you.
Just like in business where many retailers gather around in the same vicinity creating a kind of synergy, competition will be keen and it's up to you to have what it takes to outdo your competitors to stay on top of the situation.
In that sense, you can say there's a state of equillibrium in the blogging experience despite the ebb and flow. Nothing changes even when the blogosphere undergoes various changes. So we are where we are. It is how we motivate ourselves from a standstill position to somewhere more rewarding that counts.
Does this mean I'm hanging up my mouse? My answer is an emphatic "No." There's still some blogging streak in me. I'm just going to pace myself, be more focused and not blog like a 'Mad March Hare' you read about in Alice in Wonderland.
Sometimes you learn there's a better way to do things than just following the herd. Stay true to yourself and be focused in what you do. -- Markk
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