2018 in Blogging
Around the end of the year, I like to reflect on both running and blogging. Typically around this time, I wonder if I want to continue my blog. Is it worth it to renew the $300 platform?
As it’s trended the last few years, blogging is dying. Podcasts, Instagram, and other social media is taking over. No one has “time” to read anymore. Not that I need anyone to read my blog. I don’t have a coaching service or a product to sell, it’s just my life. The way the blog stays afloat is by the occasional sponsored posts as well as the sidebar ads. To keep the blog running, it does cost about $300 a year.
As you can see from the chart, my blog grew when I started in mid-2010, and then around 2015 began to fade. Most people refer to quick and easy information now, and Instagram seems to be the platform of choice for race recaps, training, and whatever else. I don’t foresee myself writing long captions on instagram anytime soon. A picture tells 1000 words, and I like to keep it that way.
I’m not sad or being negative; those are just the facts of blogging and my personal blog. For me, the days of 1000 views regularly are gone, and that is okay.
So back to Blogging in 2018:
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What Will Happen in 2019?
I renewed my blog, so, for now, I’ll continue it. I can’t say for 100% certainty that I see myself blogging through the entire year. I’ve said that every year, but truthfully I never know. Right now, I plan to continue blogging. Maybe less, or maybe trying to find more sponsored posts to keep it worthwhile to keep going. I’ve thought about just going to newsletter format as well. A newsletter is cheaper and I could still have a record of race recaps and information, I could refer too. still something I’m very much contemplating but it would be a big change and a lot of work to get there.
In short 2018 didn’t change a lot. Blogging is dying. Instagram and podcasts are growing So I guess I don’t know what will happen in 2019. Something completely new and different could happen in social media too.
Questions for you:
Bloggers and Readers, I would love to hear your thoughts on blogging, social media, and changes.