I presently monitor 285 blogs nearly every day. In past posts, I have commented on my impression that genealogical blog writing and posting was on the decline. Since those, mostly disputed, observations, I continue to see a dramatic decline. This past week, I went with some of my family on a camping trip to Zion National Park in Southern Utah. We were gone for three days. during that time, I accumulated over 100 blogs posts on my Feedly.com reader. There were two things notable about the 100+ posts. First, there were so few. Yes, I have been used to seeing almost that number in an afternoon and three days accumulation is a far cry from the numbers I am used to reviewing. But more importantly was the subject and authorship of these blog posts.
My observations indicate that blog posting by individuals, writing about their own family and their own research, have almost all but disappeared. My own experience with my children is indicative. All together, my children probably have 20 or 30 blogs. Some of them have more than three each. But their posting has dropped off dramatically. It has been weeks and sometimes months without a post on some of the blogs. Why is this? At the same time, we have seen a concomitant increase in texting, Facebook and Instagram postings. If I want to know about my children's activities, I have to go to Facebook or Instagram for updates.
What do I see online in genealogy blogging? I see commercially or business related entities blogging regularly. I also see people promoting themselves or businesses. Granted, there are a few "regulars" out there that keep the channel open, but even most of the regulars are also presenters or participants in the large genealogy conferences. OK, I do have to admit that I have spent my time presenting and had and have a few publications for sale. But what I have made monetarily from genealogy related activities would not even cover the cost of my Internet connection.
It is interesting to review the list of RootsTech 2015 Ambassadors. At the risk of incurring undying ire, I will not go through the list and characterize any of the bloggers, but I will note that some of them do not frequently write about genealogy or family history. This shift from dedicated genealogy bloggers to including those outside the traditional genealogy arena may be beneficial for genealogy and RootsTech, but it does not promote genealogy blogging.
Maybe is is time to turn in the old computer keyboard and go back to doing genealogy like I did for the first 25 years or so, quietly, by myself, and leave the arena of online genealogy to the professionals and promoters?