Wait, So Blogging Is Dead?
If blogging really has become passé, then I’m about to show my ass.
After many months of an unplanned hiatus from writing on my FLY FISH CHICK blog, I stumbled upon a story titled, “Blogging is dead, long live blogging.” It validated the sluggishness I have felt lately for writing (and reading) blogs. The maniacal popularity of microblogging sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr have made bloggers lazy, myself included. It’s so easy to post a picture with a caption and be done with it. And from the reader’s point of view? Equally numbing. Why would a reader step away from his or her own social media feed and make an effort to read a story over on some random individual’s website? Why bother messing with the cow, free as it may be, when you can guzzle the milk from a fire hose?
I’ve watched some of my favorite blogs close their doors. Eileen at In The Pink Texas was my writing and blogging hero. I could care less about Texas politics yet I devoured her posts like I was gasping for air. And we’ve recently said adieu to Tom Chandler’s venerable Trout Underground. Eras are ending all around us. Given that I haven’t posted on my own FLY FISH CHICK blog since April, it would seem we might be hearing the death rattle of my own blogging days.
Or are we?
The article, “Blogging is dead, long live blogging”, swings around at the end and admits that blogging isn’t necessarily dead, just reformed. Perhaps most will be lured away by the come-one-come-all social media platforms, but those with original content have an opportunity to stick with it and produce more substantial blogs. Yes! Yes, I want to be one of those cool kids with content. Like the relatively new blog The Bitter Southerner which is beyond badass.
But are we still calling them blogs? Websites? Newsletter? Online magazine? One woman goat rodeo?
Who knows, but I am here to tell you that I AM BACK. Not only am I going to keep writing on FLY FISH CHICK (when I have a story about fly fishing), but I have launched this site to serve as my online HQ, a portal for creativity. A way to distribute stories about anything and everything that crosses my heart, mind, soul and keyboard. I am going to write about traveling, food, fishing, pretty things, gritty things, Texas, The South, and honkytonk music. I will likely rant about the state of current “country music”. I hope to be more smart ass than dumb ass, keep it real, make you laugh, and surprise you here and there.
If I can figure out what I need and how to pay for some low level equipment, I’d really like to incorporate some podcasts and audio clips. Against his will, I have already slated my husband as my first podcast guest. Stay tuned for that insanity.
At the end of the day, I like to tell stories. I write. I am stubborn. So yes, while blogging dies, I am launching a new blog. Perhaps I am fiddling on the deck of the Titanic but please allow me to officially welcome you to christinejwarren.com.
Vive La Blog!
Now blogging, writing, publishing stories….it’s all performance art. Please don’t make me click a story into the ether where it withers among the lonely sound of crickets. I need an audience! The best part of writing on CHICKEN FRIED THERAPY and FLY FISH CHICK over the past seven years has been the interaction, the comments, the feedback. Blogging has reconnected with me with old friendships and brought countless new ones into my life. So I need your help to make this a success, and it only requires two easy steps:
- Subscribe. Pretty please? It is totally free and and very easy. CLICK HERE to receive my new stories via email. I can’t promise they will be typo-free but I swear I will try and make them worthy of your inbox. And they won’t be an exact replica of anything I post on social media. (even if you’re already subscribed to FLY FISH CHICK, I’d really appreciate if you subscribe here at christinejwarren as well. This is where most of the magic is about to go down.)
- Comment. Blogging is way more fun when it’s a conversation. Comments are gold. Don’t be shy.
So while you are off to confirm your new subscription with christinejwarren.com, I am off to brainstorm next week’s story. Hmmm…maybe it’s Ethel Merman meets the Grateful Dead…
(Yes, we’re going to keep things weird. Giddyup.)