There's no denying that the blog world has rapidly changed ever since it's start. What once started as a way to connect with people and write down your thoughts, ideas, and daily routines, has evolved into brand partnerships, sponsored blogging, those lucky career bloggers, and marketing campaigns. What happened to the blog world as she used to be?
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Is Anyone Here?
How has the explosion of social media impacted this community on blogs? While this is an important aspect to consider when discussing blogging community, it's not my wish or desire to discuss Twitter exclusively in this post. HOwever, IFB posted an article about the relationship between Twitter and Comments blogs which can be read here.
The Gold RushIt's just my speculation but I think this change in blog communities stems from an apparent shift in the purpose of blogging. At the dawn of blogging, things were much more familial. Bloggers and readers saw themselves on the same playing field, all usually relating to each with a common interest, idea, or theme. Some did this through blogging about personal style, while others chose to write about their families, their loves of all things electronic, or their passion for travel. Since others have since found success in the online world, there's been a massive gold rush toward blogging for compensation. This has inevitably affected the relationships between the author and the readers. Can this ever be reversed?
Now Don't Get Me Wrong...
I do not think blogging for compensation is wrong. Let me say that again, I do not think bloggers being compensated is wrong. In fact, I think all of these women and men who have found success in blogging have found it for a reason. All I'm saying is that even though they have every right to be compensated for their talent and time, it still makes things a little awkward in the blogger/reader relationship. Or maybe it's just me? And it totally could be...just putting my thoughts out there.