My blog is dying.
Readership has dropped significantly over the past six months. I used to get 100 comments. Then 50. Then 30. Now, I'm lucky to hit the 20 mark. My stats are embarrassing.
I know, I know. I shouldn't care, right? After all, I have more than 900 followers, so why complain? And I should be blogging because I love it. Because I enjoy writing. Because it keeps me creative. It's an outlet for my despair. Whatever.
And isn't the cardinal rule of blogging not to complain about stats and comments? Because then it reveals that you're a human being who wants to be loved. Who wants people to think you're awesome, and it's embarrassing when you realize you're not.
But, I'm not going to lie. It sucks. Every time I log into Blogger, I'm constantly asking myself what I'm doing wrong.
I thought it was just me. But after talking to several other bloggers over the past few months, I discovered it's a wide-spread infection.
It's almost like blogging isn't really that cool anymore. The world is rapidly spiraling into another dimension.
People don't want to read stories anymore. They just want pure content. And they want it to be hilarious.
They want a quick list from Buzzfeed on their iPhones, showing them cats wearing berets and the top 10 reasons why dumb shit is hysterical. Everyone is on the move, and they don't have time to slow down.
This really shouldn't come as a surprise to me. I was shown the future five years ago, and I refused to believe it.
I applied for a position at a pop culture magazine. At the job interview, the editor warned me that the magazine was going to be less articles and more lists. "People our age don't want to sit down and read a story," she said. "They want bullet points."
I was horrified, and it showed on my face. Needless to say, I didn't get the job.
Well, I've been trying to keep up. You may have noticed in recent months that I don't write personal stories anymore. I've been trying to do lists. But, I like to write and they don't give me the same satisfaction.
I'm not sure what to do. Perhaps I'm naive, but I really don't want to give up on this blog just yet.
I've put a lot of heart and soul into it.
I find it interesting that my sentiment coincides with the impending death of Google Reader.
Clearly, I'm not the only one noticing the future of blogging is morphing into a blurrish form.
Perhaps my blog just needs to grow up. Change with the times.
Tell me. Do you want to see more Buzzfeed-type lists here? Or do you prefer my writing?
Or better yet, what do you LIKE about my blog?