That doesn't mean it's totally done in three days. There's still editing, proofing, and rewriting. Probably more than a little of each, especially rewriting. (Writing is a process of rewriting, after all.) But that should take, at most, a week. What that means to me is that I will meet my self-imposed deadline of completing my new ebook by the end of June. (Patting self on back.)
Speaking of my ebooks, the special June sale is still going on for all three of my previous ebooks. Just click on the book you may be interested in via the graphics for them in the right-hand column, visit the pages and, if you decide to purchase, use the special discount code of JUNESALE when you check out and 20% will be automatically deducted from your total. Twenty percent is like two bucks off! With your savings, you can buy a cup of coffee at Starbucks or somewhere else you like getting coffee from, sit back, and read the ebook on your smart phone, tablet, or laptop, whichever you downloaded it to or put a copy of it on. Such a deal, right?
Okay. Enough with the self promotion. Let's talk about blogs, my blog or anyone's blog, and whether blogging is in decline. By "in decline" I mean readership, visitors, page views, however you might want to figure it.
For the past year or so, I've noticed a decline in readership of this blog. I'm not saying no one reads it any longer. They do. A fair number of people do. Leastwise, according to my stats they do. But those stats definitely reflect a decline in visitors, page views, readers. I've made a lot of excuses to myself for that decline, with many of those excuses pointing a finger at myself. (I was raised a Catholic so it's easy for me to point a guilty finger at myself for many things.) Some of those excuses included, but haven't been limited to: 1) My writing/blogging is boring and it sucks, 2) I haven't updated enough, 3) I haven't come up with interesting topics to write about, 4) My writing/blogging is boring and it sucks... Oh. Wait. I already mentioned that one. Regardless, it's been easy for me to accept personal blame for my blog being in decline, readership wise. But then, I've spoken with other bloggers and they tell me the same thing... not that their writing/blogging is boring and it sucks but that their blogs have been in decline.
To be fair to myself, I also came up with other excuses that have had to do with things like seasonal trends. and. other. bullshit.
But then I decided to do some research and, wouldn't you know? It's not just me, my blog, and a few other blogs who are seeing this same sort of decline taking place. One such bit of research I did was taking a look at a University of Massachusetts/Dartmouth study entitled, "The 2012 Inc. 500 Social Media Update: Blogging Declines as Newer Tools Rule."
Dartmouth's study focuses on the blogging habits of Fortune 500 companies, something this blog sure ain't, but I think a small-time blogger like myself can extrapolate some valid
It's not just blogs that are taking it in the shorts. So have forums. Leastwise, photo forums. (None of this is probably news to a lot of you. But unlike many photographers I see and follow on Twitter, this photographer spends more time focused on the art and craft of photography than on the particulars of social media.)
There were about three photo forums I routinely participated on and all three are either dead or terminal. Where'd they go? Well, if there's a forum afterlife, and I think there is, they've headed over to Facebook. (Or that's where they probably should head if they haven't already.) Yep. It's been a veritable migration, like fish going to spawn in places other than where they usually swim. But here's the rub: Some of those forums and forum operators were generating revenue for themselves via their forums. It's one thing to generate revenue off your own forum (through advertising and such) and a whole other thing to make some money off of Facebook. If the playing field were level, I'd choose to invest my time and resources in a forum. But that was then and this is now and Facebook is mostly about making money for itself, not its users. (Which is fair, after all.)
Just today, I read an article on a site called "ProBlogger" which lists 6 reasons why my blog, anyone's blog for that matter, might be in decline. The reasons included things like seasonal traffic, topical interest, posting frequency, poor quality posts... Well fucking Duh, guys! You really don't think people like myself and others, perhaps thousands of others, haven't already thought of that stuff and slapped ourselves in our collective heads thinking we're guilty of some or all of that?
Anyway, I have no intentions of quitting blogging. For one thing, I like blogging. Often, it's a way for me to relieve some stress and reduce angst. Photographer's angst. Hell, writer's angst as well. Plus, I like sharing my work and helping aspiring pretty girl shooters up their game. So, here I am and here I intend to stay. (You're not getting rid of me and my blog that easily, oh world of social media.) Alrighty then! Cya on Facebook! (Just kidding.)
The pretty girl at the top is Angie. (Click it to enlarge it if you're so inclined.)