Posted on November 14, 2016 by: Eric Anderson, Digital Project Manager
You probably don’t read blogs. Don’t worry…I have a TL;DR at the bottom of this, so you don’t have to read the whole thing…High five! I actually used to be an avid reader of the most popular technology, gadget, sports, and video game blogs. Nowadays, I find myself scanning blog posts for the information I care about, and if I want to dive deeper into something that interests me, quickly doing the research myself. Generally, I find the variety of sources and opinions available much more illuminating than one person’s specific viewpoint. Obviously, you can’t believe everything on the Internet, so finding credible sources can be difficult. I tend to follow a bunch of news and sports analysts on Twitter to get bite-sized information because I tend to believe that “from the source” is the most credible. If I want to know more, I will Google and scan sources. Not everything can be credible, but neither can someone’s blog.
If you’ve somehow made it this far into this blog post, you may ask yourself…Why is this guy blogging about not reading blogs…Good point!
I find that blog posts are just a platform for someone to regurgitate information. I know this because I’ve written two posts on this site, and both consist of me repurposing “news.”
The reader of the blog has changed. This change is mostly because of the mobile revolution and a decrease in reader attention span. People want information in small and easily digestible chunks. For example, it’s all too easy for readers to scroll through Twitter posts on their self-identified topics, find something that catches their eye and simply “resort” to numerous credible sources that will further their knowledge on the topic.
Of course, not all blogs are bad. Many do serve a purpose…mostly personal or trade-specific. However, some argue that blogs easily provide direction on a topic that the reader may not have thought about before.