Is Blogging Dead?

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taiwanblogawards_120x240As readers of this blog well know, I haven’t been very active for the last year.  This is mainly because I’ve been using live streaming apps from my mobile phone to interact with viewers.  I’ve been reading from several sources that most people consider blogs to be dead now (some live streamers saying things like “do people still read those?”).  There is quite a difference between a static blog post with still photos, and a live interactive video stream.  But that doesn’t mean there isn’t an audience for blogs anymore.  It just means that people have other things to look at also.

I’m moving in the direction of a weekly show on a platform called Brocast.com, with the possibility of streaming my own show on my own website, TaiwanLiveTV.  I don’t think I want to embed the talk show broadcasts here, although some content like the GT-R in my neighborhood fit right in line with my usual content on this blog, so I will continue to embed relevant stuff from live streams here on the blog.

Things certainly have changed in the last year!  I remember when this blog won Best Taiwan Blog a few years in a row.  Recently, a Taiwan blogger made a list of prominent Taiwan blogs, asking if there were any blogs he might have missed.  This blog wasn’t on the list.  He doesn’t know about it.  I’m not going to let this blog die out entirely, and I do have some new interesting photography to show you in the near future.  In the meantime, I’m experimenting with infused rum and I’ll let you know how that’s going in a future post.  Thanks for reading!

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  1. I enjoyed reading your thoughts and at the same noticed the reduction in your posting over the last several years.
    I’m still a reader and for the most part don’t use my phone to read blogs or look at videos. It seems the options for communicating have been expanding exponentially over the past few years. So many video options. So many new sites. It seems many traditional bloggers have more than a few social media sites that they utilize and video including live streaming is very popular as a stream that is monetized.
    Then there are the sites that are optimized for phones and pads. Technology is growing and shifting so much that following only a few is my way of still having some time to myself. Glad to hear that you will keep this site for the foreseeable future.

    1. hi Tom. i want to thank you for taking the time to reply to this post. if i’m not mistaken, you’ve never commented on our blog before, so i’m very glad to hear from you! the good news is that i don’t have to monetize my content so i’m free to just do what i want. the only issue with the blog is that normally i shoot with my DSLR and upload photos to Flickr after i process them in Lightroom. i’m doing that less often these days. i just have to remind myself that people are still reading and like the format of the blog. so i think i’m going to work on parallel exclusive content both for live streams and the photo-based blog. my Galaxy S7 edge mobile phone can shoot RAW mode (Adobe DNG files) so that might make it easier in the long run. if you have time you might want to check out my content on Brocast.com and tell me what you think. take care, Tom, and thanks.

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