Monday, March 18, 2013

Is Blogging an Art Form That Has Had Its Day?

In the 2011 French movie The Artist George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is the superstar of the silent screen. Everywhere he goes he's feted and starlets swoon at his feet.

Yet his downfall is just around the corner, although nobody realizes it in the roaring Hollywood of 1927. When he refuses to do "talkies" dismissing movies with words as a gimmick, his fate is sealed. As his star wanes that of Peppy Miller, his one time lover and movie extra, rises inexorably.

 
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I thought of The Artist when I read Jennifer Fabulous' blog Is blogging dead? When we got into blogging a few years ago it was edgy, avant-garde, even. Now, it seems, every man, dog, cat and cat's half strangled mouse has a blog and nobody is excited about it anymore. Like everybody else's my blog's visits seems to have been cut in half. The stats look like a cardiograph of someone with a terminal disease. Sometimes it feels like being in the market square trying to flog a Betamax player.

In some ways this is sad. While the pressure to blog can produce some tripe, occasionally I stumble on some truly moving blogs out there such as Kittie Moore's blog about her father.

But sadly some other good bloggers seem to have tuned out and moved on.

Can the future really be no more expansive than a tweet or a status update, or will it move on to something different altogether, leaving us slapping around our blogs like Monty Python's dead parrot?  At this rate it's going to feel like being back in the world of newspapers again.

In England in the 1830s desperate agricultural workers in the South of England went around rioting and smashing up the threshing machines that were killing their livelihoods, enlisting a menacing, but fictitious figure called Captain Swing to write threatening letters.

"Sir, Your name is down amongst the Black hearts in the Black Book and this is to advise you and the like of you, who are Parson Justasses, to make your wills. Ye have been the Blackguard Enemies of the People on all occasions, Ye have not yet done as ye ought,.... Swing.

The Swing Riots failed to stop progress.

In the 1980s and 1990s I saw those old characters with the ink stained hands walk out of print factories for the last time and into oblivion. Who knows where they went and what they did? As the Wapping riots can testify, they didn't always go without a fight. But go they did.

Makes you wonder about Blogger doesn't it?

11 comments:

  1. I think all we can do right now is, if we love it, just sail on, and if not, move on. It is so tiring to have all the motivation sucked out of you when you realize two-thirds of your audience has disappeared.

    It does worry me that we're seeing the world gravitate towards the twitter generation. One day, will we only be able to get our news in 140 characters? (Or whatever the hell it is). Seems so dismal. I can't even think about it anymore, just makes me depressed.

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    1. I know Jen, depressing eh. Maybe the figures will rally. Mine have over the last week..

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  2. And yes, the silent film metaphor is spot on.

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  3. I've seen a great number of bloggers give up and stop blogging, but it seems there is no end to new blogs being written too. Maybe it is something some people do for a short while until it is out of their system, or they get bored with it. Others who have the need to write just keep plugging away. It is definitely a lot of work to find, attract, and keep readers.

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    1. I know Daisy - even replying to comments for sure..

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  4. Several have given up yes, but I still have a reading list of regular bloggers and I think that it provides writers with an outlet too. I personally love the craft and recipe blogs. I hope it's not dead, although back in 2009 when I was immersed in Facebook, I think I did a total of 40 blog posts that year. I thought blogging was dead back then, but it's really not.

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    1. true and Facebook is certainly not dead JoJo

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  5. I feel ya.

    I write, and I try to write well, and my numbers have plummeted dramatically. It's so much more than the writing -- there's the constant PLUGGING that I find difficult. And it's all for free...

    Pearl

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    1. for real Pearl - give us a plug and I'll give you one lol

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  6. I think there's a transition happening, at least I hope so, because I love this form of networking vs all the others. I may not be very good at it, but I do enjoy it. I find all the other avenues tedious and boring...then again, maybe that's just me!

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    1. nope you are right Yolanda - more ground for expression that tweeting.

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