Dear bloggers, fear me for I am the modern day blogger Nostradamus and my predictions always come true. Except for when they don’t, so you may want to take this whole post with a grain of salt.
On one hand I can end this post here by stating that the Mayan calendar ends this year and not much will change organically between now and then. I think that the Armchair committee would call for my head on a pike if that was the entirety of my post so I suppose I shall pontificate a bit more. You know, just in case the Mayans are wrong.
1. More organic-
I see bloggers getting back to their roots. Caring less about ARCs and swag and more about being a legit place for people to find real recommendations for great books. There will be less IMM and more thought. (This may be more of a wish than a real prediction.)
2. Bloggers doing incredible things-
Bloggers are finally being considered more than just a simple marketing tool. Every day we are shaping the publishing industry. Be it a call to arms for a cover injustice or a plea for a wonderful book not getting the attention it deserves bloggers are an integral part of getting things done. I see bloggers accepting actual paying positions within the ranks of the publishing industry and using their knowledge to better blogger/publisher/author relations.
Tumblr, Twitter, even Facebook status messages are becoming the preferred means of communication for many of us who work daily online. I foresee less lengthy articles and less self hosting. The internet is a giant mass of ever changeable energy and people already are loathe to read more than 500 words at a time on their computers. Microblogging will be a call to arms for those who want to continue with a large readership.
More community involvement and celebrations. There are so many bloggers now around the web that focus on reading and all these movie blockbusters and T.V. shows are making reading a lucrative pastime instead of the thing that nerds do. I see leaders of the blogging community reaching out and creating events that are more than memes and less about blog hits. I want to know all of you!
I think a lot of blogs (especially those that adopt microblogging) will niche further than ever before. Going back to the organic roots thing I think that bloggers will want to engage. We will see less ARC, Giveaways, and such and get super smart but narrowed focus discussions.
More importantly, what do you guys think? Do you have any predictions for blogging? Have you already implemented some of my predictions? Does this dress make me look fat?
Tweets about the future of blogging:
@BookaliciousPam I think it may become microblogging. Short, frequent. Attention spans are decreasing. Lol. And will be specialized topics.
— Rhonda Helms (@RHelmsBooks) May 29, 2012
@BookaliciousPam Interpretive dance. (I kid! Because I don't know.)
— Gwenda Bond (@Gwenda) May 29, 2012
@BookaliciousPam Have you read FEED by Mira Grant? The future of blogging is like that, complete with dodging the zombies! LOL! #armchairbea
— Tif (@tiftalksbooks) May 29, 2012
@BookaliciousPam Hovercars. And dinosaurs with laser beams
— Jay Kristoff (@misterkristoff) May 29, 2012