Breaking News! The Blog Is Dead!
November 6th, 2015 | by Philip Verghese 'Ariel' || 61 Comments |
Breaking News! The Blog Is Dead?
This is indeed a Breaking News. But Bloggers, please do not get shocked by reading the title!
No! The Blog Is not dead, but it is equally dead!
Now let me put it in another way: “The Blog Is Not Dead but its down!”
The so called “Dead” or “Down” thing or story is a BIG story in itself!
For almost four days my web page has disappeared from the light of the world!
Or let me put it this way: “The web page was not visible on the World Wide Web!”
Yes, it went down! This happens sometimes due to some technical errors with the hosting platforms.
The technical word that the bloggers or the web hosters give to this phenomenon is “This Page is Down” or some say” “This page is suspended” There are many reasons for this down thing or whatever you call it! I am not going into the details of that issue. Or, since I am a newbie in these technical aspects I can’t explain it further in a blog post like this! This post is on a different subject which erupted in my mind just few days back!
The other day I read an article about how to get traffic or attention to your old posts? And the writer said: “If your blog page is filled with a number of posts there is every chance that those old posts go down the pit and nobody, not even the author may look into it or give attention to it.”
My thought went wild on that particular statement, Oh my… I have nearly 800+ posts on my page and I need to give some kind of life to the old posts. Otherwise, many, especially our new contacts or visitors may not know about those posts. Sometimes that may be worth reading than the latest ones.
So I decided to do some re-purposing process with some of my archive posts. And thought of starting from the Alphabet “A” thus I did some polishing job to one of the old posts titled: “Here Comes “Ariel” The Knol Author Now A Blogger…. Just after doing the polishing job I posted a notification about this updated post on my Facebook wall that I generally do whenever a post goes live.
Immediately I received a mail in my comment box from one of my esteemed readers! She is, in fact, a recent online friend on my page! She is a curious reader too! Reading the title of the post she is more curious about the word “Knol” and she expressed her anxiety in her comment. I explained to her through my reply comment in some extend. you can read that post HERE
The Breaking News Is This: “The Blog Is Not Dead But The Knol Is Dead”
This incident made me think again about the sad demise of Google’s Knol. Yes, the blog is not dead, but the KNOL is dead!
Again coming to the word “KNOL, it’s new to many of my new friends’. But it is an old word Google coined for its wonderful platform. ‘KNOL’ is the short form of ‘knowledge’. That was indeed a knowledge sharing platform. Google started this amazing platform with much enthusiasm and in fact, many of the famous authors, scientists, doctors, philosophers and many intellectuals gathered in this platform to share their knowledge in their respective fields. In the initial stage, it was flourishing like a big knowledge tree!
They planned to develop it exactly like Wikipedia and that was going on well with lots of contents added to the platform every day. Famous authors and intellectuals were the main users of that platform, hot discussions and debates were going on with its users and everyone thought that it will surely beat Wikipedia.
But sad to say Google decided to shut that shop after running few years, (I think just 2 years). The reason they said is a scarcity of staff to manage such a huge platform. Maybe the income flow too was not that they expected. Anyways, to tell you the truth, that was a wonderful platform and I came across with many online friends via this platform and that paved way for me to develop my talents. The users, though they were high profile writers and researchers they were very co-operative and helpful. I still have contact and relationship with many of them. Two of my knol posts on Philately and Tree won knol awards. It is mentioned on the sidebar of my knol page, to see that please Click on the above screenshot and expand it to read.
Though Google did shut the door, fortunately, all our contents they saved and made arrangements to migrate it to the WordPress platform. They had a tie-up with WP and allowed its authors to migrate it to WP or Blogger.com or other platforms.
A few years back that was a serious discussion on the pages of many other similar platforms and social media.
In short, that shutting down made me start my own blogs. “A blessing in disguise”. I wrote this information because of your curiosity to know what “KNOL” is. I am sure many of my new friends here too do not know what knol is! So this brief information will give an idea.
While writing this post I received yet another notification via Google+ in that Ryan Hanley the famous blogger mentioned about this serious subject in one of his Facebook notification. Yes, the ‘blog death’ can happen at any time if you are using a rented platform! For example, take the case of Google’s Knol platform and its premature death (mentioned above). That was indeed a great headache to many of its users. In fact, all of its users were in a dilemma after hearing Google’s decision to wind up the platform. This type of death occurred not only to Knol, but to various other platforms too, even from Google and various other social media platforms which disappeared within a short span of its creation. Google’s own ‘Orkut’ buzz and various other platforms are fitting examples to this.
So if we use a rented platform for our contents there are chance of disappearance or death! However, if we are on our own land it won’t get ruined. Even if it faces some kind of calamity we can definitely fix it! (Example this page faced that recently as mentioned above) So beware of using rented platforms for a long time.
In fact, it is a wonderful medium to share our feelings or for that matter, anything you prefer that can be kept open to the public or we can keep it as only for a secluded group or community. Though in the beginning blogging started as a passion or hobby, slowly the business community took note of the vast marketing opportunities hidden within and now they occupy a major part of it. Take the case of any business firms’ (small or big), though they have different websites they will be creating a separate blog page to get in touch with their clients instantly and also to inform about the latest developments, product or resource launch. So, as long as the industries or the business firms prevail so long will the blogs stay.
Also, see the infographic below: It gives an amazing statistic about the present blogging!
According to the Wikipedia, 248 million blogs in existence, not to mention 271 million active Twitter accounts tweeting half a billion times a day. In short every half a second a new blog is created somewhere in the world! Amazing indeed! How then can a blog die? Yes, BLOG is here to stay! Long Live Blog And Blogging!
Also please watch this related video by Larry Port CEO of RocketMatter.com
Yes, we are living in a competitive world and everyone wants to stand out on top. So make sure that your contents are worth debatable and usable! Notice that the World Wide Web is filled with all sorts of content. Let us make it a point to stand out among them. As someone said in a discussion thread, “the Internet is filled with a lot of crap!” Yes, in fact, a majority of content now available on the internet is crap! No doubt such content will die soon! So let us stand out with our quality products for the benefit of our readers and clients.
In short, blog or blogging is not going to die. It is here to stay!! Every day thousands and thousands of blog posts are appearing on the world wide web spaces.
More and more encouraging notes and publications are publishing on this subject called blog and blogging.
How to start a blog?
How to get traffic to your blog pages?
How to promote your blog/web pages?
How to monetize your blog pages? and so many similar types of articles are published every day and it is consumed by many.
How to write a quality post?
This is a big question all blog authors faces now, especially the newbies.
Here is an answer to that! Yes, Here is a timely information, the latest in line with this subject, an eBook was written and published by one of my online friends Theodore Nwangene You can download this free ebook from the pages of Amazon. The download link is given at the end of this post. Read this small Review on that wonderful eBook:
This is an excellent eBook which talks A to Z of blog writing. The author Theodore well-presented 21 vital aspects a writer should look into very seriously before presenting it to the world. I am sure the purchase of this eBook will clear all your doubts, fear, anxiety etc. about writing contents for blogs as well as to make an eBook or for that matter a printed book filled with any information. This is no doubt a must read book for all writers especially the one who eagerly wait or want to become a writer/blogger. I recommend this book to all newbie bloggers since it gives or shares almost everything a blogger needs to know before venturing into the field of writing. The author presented a good number of connected links in relation to writing. I am so glad that I could land on this page to obtain a copy of it. This is indeed a wonderful guide to a new writer! Thanks Theodore for sharing this wonderful and informative piece in the form of an eBook. I appreciate you for the pain you have taken to make it more usable and adorable copy for the newbie readers. I also appreciate my friend Lorraine Reguly of Wording Well for the efforts she put into this eBook to make it in a more readable form. I appreciate Theodore for the wonderful effort he put in to create an educative tool to the newbie writers. Expecting more such challenging pieces from him in the future to the benefit of the readers around the world.An excellent eBook which talks A to Z on blog writing! Check out @ Philipscom @PVAriel Click To Tweet
Keep it up, my friend. Keep up the good work.
You can download this informative eBook by clicking on this link: 21 Writing Hacks.
Let it not die!
Let it roll on… Long Live Blogging!
With best regards
Philip Verghese Ariel
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