Breaking News! The Blog Is Dead!

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”

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A Screenshot of my Knol Page. Click on the image to expand it

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.


Picture Credit. Partic Lahaye (The Knol Author, designed it for my Philately knol post.

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 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.

You can read more about Knol at this link: HERE   And HERE

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!



Infographic Credit: BHW Geek


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


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.

 With the help of such writings may the blog pages roll on and on…!

Let it not die!

Let it roll on… Long Live Blogging!

With best regards

For Philipscom


Philip Verghese Ariel


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A Multilingual Freelance Writer, Editor, Blogger, Roundup Expert, Translator, Internet Marketer And A Social Campaigner. Manages different sites in English as well as in Malayalam. Born And Brought Up In Kerala. Now Based At Secunderabad, Telangana, India. Can Reach At: philipscom55(@)Gmail [.] Com twitter: @PVAriel Skype Philva6

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Write more, thats all I have to say. Literally, it seems as though you relied on the video to make your point. You obviously know what youre talking about,then why waste your intelligence on just posting videos to your blog when you could be giving us something informative to read?
– Maria Annis


Thank you so much for the amazing post. Thank God! Blog is not Dead!
It’s Live And Kicking 🙂


Hi Phillip,
This piece is reflective. It reminds us about the state of blogging. Its now an important part of online marketing.

If we blog with good content there is no doubting the fact that we are going to enjoy productivity.

Thanks for sharing this detailed stats from the Infographic. Bloggers should re-think and give more value to what they do!

I left the above comment in as well

Yvonne I. Wilson
Hi Philip It feels good to be back here on your blog after my 6 week blogging break. The title of this post caught my attention and I am glad that I was able to read it. It is very insightful and I am glad to know that we both agree blogging is not dead and it is here to stay. So many of us have done great writing and have some of the best content but so true once they go into the archive no one really remembers them, including us the writer. I have freshened up a post… Read more »
Erika Mohssen-Beyk

Hi Philip ,
now I know what Knol is 🙂
Thank you for this interesting story about Knol.
It is really important to have our own blog and hosting.
The Infographic is interesting as well . Blogging seems to
be like a kind of new Magazine 🙂 People find the Bloggers
and content which they like to read.This means you are right,
we all need to give good quality to the reader and I think
blogging wont die 🙂
Thank you ,interesting to read


Thanks for the clarification. When I read the title my first thought was that you had given up on blogging. Glad to see that’s not the case. The blogosphere has certainly changed since Knol. There can be no question that it is here to stay. I’m glad for that and for your presence.

Edward Thorpe

Hi Phillip,

Can’t believe I managed to completely miss the era of ‘Knol’!

Thanks for bringing it to my attention and sharing links.

Atish Ranjan

Hello Philip,

Nice article Indeed.

Thanks for clarifying about the term “Knol”. I wasn’t aware of Google’s Knol until I read this post. Keep up the good work.

Mukesh Negi

Thank you so much for the amazing post. Thank God! Blog is not Dead! first was also thought that blog is almost dead

Thanks Philip Verghese for sharing awesome post.

Vashishtha Kapoor

Really stunning and inspiring.
I am happy that the blog is UP now.
I never knew about KNOL before.
THanks for making me to know about what exactly it was.
Have a nice day sir
Keep rocking.

Sherman Smith
Hey Philip, I’ve heard of Knol before. I believe it was from one of your blog posts, but I never participated in it. But you’re right. It’s to your advantage to start your own blog which is coined “A Self Hosted Blog” versus the free ones because you never know when the doors will be shut. I was curious about the title. I thought you were going to give up on blogging LOL.. I should’ve known better. The video was interesting. There’s a huge difference between the blogosphere back in 2006 versus the blogosphere now. It was a lot more… Read more »
Naman Kumar

I was really shocked to see the post on blogging easier. And then I visited here and found it okay. 🙂

Thanks for sharing

Jan Shaw

I’m really focusing on blogging these days and am so happy to know that blogging isn’t really dead!! Your article is full of valuable information and I appreciate it.


Jan Shaw

Chery Schmidt

Hello Philip, Yeppers before I started blogging I had a bunch Knol’s up, I couldnt believe it when I was notified that Google was shutting them down, Oh Well this was just another one of things that pushed me to Blogging..

Good thing to or I would never have met you!! LOL
Great Share my friend.
Thanks and do have an amazing week ahead
Chery :))

Donna Merrill
Hi Philip, I never heard the term KNOL until now. My goodness thankfully I never went that way. I always believed in having my own self hosted blog rather than rented space. So many things changed over the years since I started blogging. Google hit many of my friends with one thing or another. This is why I don’t like to depend on any rented space…even social sites. They are there, and they are wonderful to use, but you never know if they will go away. Love that infographic! When you think of how many blogs there are and how… Read more »
Joy Healey
Hi Philip, Interesting article, thanks – I didn’t know what “knol” was. You make a good point about using a self-hosted site. Before I knew better I wasted several good articles on “rented” space that either is no more, or kept getting taken down merely because I hadn’t changed what was actually “evergreen” information. Thank goodness someone enlightened me about self-hosted WordPress. To keep my old blog posts alive I use the free plugin “Revive Old Post”, formerly “Tweet Old Post” – although this isn’t without “dangers” as sometimes I see a totally irrelevant post “revived”. Fortunately there is an… Read more »
David Ghostwriter

“Yes, the blog is not dead, but the KNOL is dead!” Boy, I had forgotten all about Knol. I had never used it, so I did not really notice the difference when it went away.


Hi Philip

This is a great content and I love the concept of your title.

You are so right about using a rented space for content. This has a disadvantage as one can lose all his work to such platform. I have never knew about KNOL but I do love the way you use that experience to portray your point.

Thanks for sharing. Take Care

Hello Phillip, I remember Knol. I never used it though. This reminds me of the Squidoo situation. I had some lenses with them and they moved them to Hubpages so, I didn’t lose my content. I think sites like Knol and Squidoo are good for if you want to write content that does not pertain to your blog posts. Sometimes you want to write about different topics but you don’t want to change the niche of your blog. Plus, it can be hard to maintain many blogs with many different topics. Plus, everyone doesn’t want the responsibility of a blog.… Read more »
Ryan Biddulph

Hi Phil,

Wow! A blog every half second? And most die in the graveyard. So happy you’re up and running again and that you’re dispelling the silly notion that blogging is dying. No way. It’s growing, and it’s never been better, especially when you’re connecting with inspired folks like yourself PV.


sazia kazia

Hi, Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’ I am here today from PAC…Feels sorry to listen about that google shut the door of that platform anyways the blog is not dead its alive. I understand now what is knol. Great information shared we should be careful and avoid using any other platforms as it looks risky. Thanks for sharing.

Reji Stephenson
Hi Brother Phil, I am late here with the comment. Actually, I wrote a comment on this post from my mobile but due to some reason, it does not show up here. I think the loss of connectivity in my mobile was the problem. Anyway, good to see this post and the catchy title. Regarding blogging, I don’t think it will disappear from the scene ever. But it will change its form in one way or the other. For example, In future, most of the blogs may have its equivalent in the form of apps and a blog without an… Read more »
microjob usa
Hi Philip, Nice to read this amazing post! Oh my God, I really got surprised to read the wonderful title, in fact that lead me to land here today via the Google Page! Yes, this is my first visit! 🙂 Good to know that Blog is not DEAD! Instead, it is LIVE and Kicking too!! That is really wonderful and GREAT! 🙂 I am from a home based business community called “Global Web Workers”. Yes, to earn extra income have become widely accepted all over the world, and is spreading like forest fire. Above all, they create a good image… Read more »
Pankaj Dhawan

Wow! That was new to me as well. I wasn’t aware of this KNOL thing before.
Yes, we need to share quality content as well or else we are lost in the crowd.
There is nothing to debate about or doubt on it.
Thanks for sharing this knowledgeable post.
~ Pankaj

Desmond Garry

If some one wants expert view on the topic of blogging afterwards i advise him/her to pay a visit this web site, Keep up the nice job.
Thanks for sharing

Gekijoban Oran Koko Hosutobu

Hi Phil,
What an eye catching and terrific Head line!!
In fact your title brought me here! 🙂

In fact. it was about to finish my day, except before end my eye ball caught the attention of this amazing title, indeed a rare title, By reading this enormous article I could learn few more thing in the field of blogging and I could pick and improve my experience in the same field.
Thanks for sharing this amazing and informative post.
Great Day.
Petra Hatton

Hey Philip, I had seen the title of this post and got pretty curious as to what it had to say. I really enjoyed the statistics from the infographics. It is always so fascinating with so many people out there wanting their bit of internet attention. The short film certainly nailed the idea of sticking to a niche and knowing your audience. Something that I have long struggled with but have come to terms with in the sense that I am going to do it my way. I am here for the long haul, if it takes me a little… Read more »
Sonal Talwar

Hi Philip

This is my first comment on your blog.

Vow! an amazing post. Everyone would be curious to read it after looking at the title.

Great job. Thanks for sharing!

Christina Lynn

Hi Philip Sir,

A bunch of information to each time by this blog,
And when I saw the title, I really shocked!
Oh My God! “The blog is dead” Oh NO!
After reading the full text,I realized that Nothing Happened to BLOG!!
Indeed an impressive article is this!
Thanks for sharing such an impressive, interesting and informative post.
I really enjoy reading it!
Keep writing and tell us too about it! 🙂
Good Day. 🙂
~ Christina Lynn

Very interesting topic.
Comments, Oh NO are not Dead at all!
It is alive and as someone said its kicking! 🙂
I like the helpful information you provide in this post.
A lot of informative tips are packed into your page,
and I’ll bookmark your blog and will visit here as often as possible.
Keep us informed with such value-added posts.
I’m reasonably certain I’ll be informed lots of new stuff right here!
Best of luck for the next!
– Georgi

Kimsea Sok

Hi, Philip.
thanks for sharing this interesting article. 🙂
Yes, BLOG is not dead, instead it is very much Alive and yeah, it’s Kicking!!!
Thanks for the download link of the eBook.

I downloaded the book and will read. I have promised Theodore to review the book.

Till now, I read some part of the book and it’s amazing indeed!
Thanks for giving an idea (Review)about it.
Have a wonderful time of sharing and caring

Theodore Nwangene

Thanks a lot Philip, for the kind mention about my eBook and the wonderful Review. 🙂

I really appreciate your supports to see that my book launch is a success.

You have a very good blog here, I’m loving it 🙂

Let’s rock!
Keep sharing

Lorraine Reguly

Thanks for the shout-out!

I edited Theodore’s book and also helped with the formatting.

More bloggers are becoming self-published authors nowadays! It’s great!


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