Is WordPress, and Blogging a Dying Art?

For the last month, I have been talking to my fellow bloggers on twitter about if they have noticed a significant drop in people reading their blog posts, and my focus is mostly on WordPress.

The consensus is that there has been a drop and a noticeable one. I am one of the lucky bloggers who has been blessed with a significant following om my blog and also some fantastic contributor writers, but to me, it seems like people are just not coming to WordPress anymore to look at any content. It begs the question, is the written blog a dying art?

This is not just something that happened one day, and I have been doing some research. I looked at ten of my most popular tags used by my blog, and the numbers are low all around. Posts from established bloggers are getting fewer likes, and while I can’t see their views, I can tell it lower than what they are used to, and I can relate. For the last year, I averaged a good following and daily view count, and also a decent monthly view count. It, for the most part, has been going steadily upwards and then since March it has been in a steep decline.

My content, and the content from contributors have been there, and yes it is not every that a new posts goes live. The content has been good its just no one is looking anymore. I could be wrong but the trends are very telling, Maybe it will pick up in the summer. I know numbers is not why we write our blogs but there comes a time when we have to decide if it is still worth it if writing a blog is truly dying.

I want to ask the question to my followers who look at this blog post, is writing a blog a dying art?

I am curious about the answers that I get, if there are any to have, but this blog will continue to grow its content and followers. I hope that the messages that we are writing can reach so many more people!

Always Keep Fighting

James

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37 Replies to “Is WordPress, and Blogging a Dying Art?”

  1. I write for myself, but have been published on themighty.com where I tend to go for information and the sexual trauma PTSD community. Thinking of broadening my scope but it’s a little scary. Then again, I’m new to sharing about my mental health. That’s why I applaud you and your contributors and will continue to be an avid follower.

  2. My own blog is also thriving. I have broken records for visitors and views for a month, and there’s nearly a week of May left. Of course, you have nearly 12,000 followers while I have a tad under 500, so the success I talk about is relative to previous months with my blog (and is probably small potatoes compared to your successes). Some of my most popular posts have been on mental health, so I also can’t really argue that there isn’t the appetite for mental health blogging.

    1. It’s just the difference is staggering at this point and I wonder what I am doing wrong. It started when my blog was upgraded to the business level so maybe that has something to do with it.

      1. Hmmm. Yeah, I definitely understand your asking that of yourself…if my status took a sudden nosedive, I would be asking the same of myself.

        I don’t know if an upgrade to the business level had an impact. Did you change your domain when you upgraded (or at some other point)? If so, maybe it’s taking awhile for search engines etc. to catch up. Just a thought.

  3. I think you are right. I’ve never been very active (and never had much engagement) but I can say that personally, I kind of lost interest in social media (I mean, I still post on Instagram – the only social platform I use)… But it’s just my personality, I guess – have never been able to find something that holds my curiosity for a long time. This shouldn’t discourage you from keeping the great work up, though. Perhaps it doesn’t mean a thing but I enjoy reading your posts when I see them.

  4. I’ve been blogging for years, and have noticed no real differences, or if I can I know why the viewing has changed. I do know when people start asking me for money, even if it is donation, that my interest in the site wanes.

    1. That’s a great point and I have been doing that lately. Maybe it’s me that is the problem. I wanted to grow my Patreon account so bad that maybe people are turned off by my website.

  5. I worry about this especially because I’m fairly new to blogging and want to grow an audience. I’m not sure if it’s dying when it comes to the amount of people blogging; a lot of people I know have actually began blogs lately. Profiting off a blog is a great thing (hopefully I can one day), however I know people who are only in it for the money. I think it that sense, it is dying. The platform has seemed to become really concentrated, but there’s a lot less people with passion.
    By the way I really love the work you do here. I don’t think the change in your views has to do with the quality of your blog because you post great content. Maybe your audience is just changing? Wishing you luck nonetheless!

  6. I don’t know the answer to your question but I think this blog is a valuable one that helps a lot of people. The question at the end of the day is whether that is enough.

  7. Would you be interested in maybe trying to spotlight your blog somewhere? I don’t have any connections, but I think that it would be amazing. I think that people should be aware and it is important to spread the knowledge and experiences people here have shared.

  8. Honestly, seems the areas of the Net that are more established–especially in the areas of writing and reading–are in a slump right now. Seeing forums slow down too, but even DeviantART is on the sluggish side. I think it’s just from newer mediums like live streaming and Discord causing people to go “Ooh, shiny” for a bit. I’ve seen some cycles like this before (LiveJournal), and then it kicks back up again.

  9. My blog has a very small following of 50 people, but I remember getting many views but this past month it has completely dropped. I was thinking it was the content that I was posting but I’ve noticed other bloggers having the same experience. It could be that my material is repetitive or not of interest but it’s just odd how the numbers dropped out of nowhere.

  10. It takes a lot of effort to start a blog, and most fall into internet abyss within a few months. I sort of assumed that tied into viewership. If the writers are taking a break then they probably aren’t reading other blogs either. But yours is killin’ it. Kudos.

  11. I have mixed opinions.. I don’t think it’s a dying art but it requires a lot of hard work .. well we should not give up on what we love😊. Also, I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger award..check out my post🌺

  12. This is interesting to hear, I just started and am trying to build a following while remaining anonymous. But honestly, I’d be happy if someone who needs it just stumbles down it somewhere down the road and I may never know. It is quite a feat the amount of followers you have. I do feel like I’m drawn away content that feels repetitive or delivers advice or requires me to have been following enough to know more about someone’s circumstances to get anything from the post (as a random browser). Some of the content on mental health in general feels a little to 101 for me, and to much of the “overcome” part of the story. Anyways, thanks for doing what you do.

  13. I think the changing landscape of social media has diminshed people’s attention spans. It seems like now everything is transitioning towards video. At the same time, blogs are a nice central hub for everything.

  14. Greetings! Interesting choice of topic and concept!Enjoyed reading every single bit and look forward to reading more! I was wondering if you could checkout my new piece on a young individual in the community trying to fight all odds to make his dreams come true and hopefully comment some feedback to improve the writing style. Looking forward to hearing from you. – Kiran
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  15. Well I just started out so I hope it’s not dying out yet. My hope is just like in music things always go through rises and falls. I have to believe reading and writing is one of those things. Your blog seems to be getting good readership, what are you doing to stay fresh?

    1. This is a collaborative blog so there are many writers that post here. I just run everything, but it’s​ the amazing writers that make it all possible and keeps the content fresh.

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