Once upon a time every teen and his dog had a blog, but now it appears that the phenomena is dying off.
According to the latest Pew internet report, blogging is on the wane and will probably go the way of CB radio and the Dodo.
Pew found that blogging by teenagers has fallen by half since 2006, and even young adults seem to be dropping the habit.
This is significant as few of the internet activities covered in this report have decreased in popularity for any age group.
It seems that the reason for the death of blogging is the social notworking site, Facebook, which seems to do many of the same things with less effort. Another reason is that the rate of blogging for all online adults rose slightly overall from 11 percent in late 2008 to 14 percent in 2010. In other words, what teen is going to want to do something that their parents do?
Even if personal blogging dies off, its influence will never go away. People are doing blog-like things in other online spaces, it’s just not as formal and disciplined. People are still sharing information and opinions, they just are not using the diary format of blogging.
What Pew appears to have noticed is a transition much like the move from the telegram to the fax. Humanity is moving from one form of self expression to another. Instead of blogging we use shorter communications more often.
Take for example Tumblr which limits post sizes and single image posts are common. Twitter limits you to 140 characters which forces brevity and link-sharing.
Of course you could be a cynic and say it is just that humanity is becoming progressively shallow and is not interested in gaining any depth beyond 140 characters.