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The Future of Blogging – With a Glimpse Backwards

In “What’s next for blogging: I try to predict the future” by Yesterday’s news, the author, a Creative and Professional Writing Major at Bemidji State University in Minnestoa, used fantastic visuals to take us on a journey through the development of blogging and the blogging industry for a class on blogs and wikis.

The future of blogging - visual art by dfbierbrauer for school project.

She makes such beautiful points about blogging and the social web, I’d like to summarize them here for posterity. Trust me, out of the context of the visual graphics, my words are paltry by comparison.

  • Blogging sprung out of USENET groups and forums to help escribitionists, the keepers of the online diaries, preserve their words.
  • The development of the web, connecting servers to clients and interconnecting the pieces together through feeds, subscriptions, links, trackbacks, and blogrolls, created an environment for sharing, self-publishing, and networking from 1980 to 2001.
  • The web’s use of blogs, wikis, and social media channels turned the web from reporting and self-publishing to the concept of sousveillance, “you become the camera.”
  • The ease of publishing with online journals and weblogs (blogs) took off in 1999 as publishing platforms were launched such as Live Journal, Open Diary, Diary Land, and Blogger.
  • Politics entered in 2001 with journalists, pundits, and “citizen journalists” having their say on the web and governments (and corporations) attempted to deal with the concept of transparency, open source, self-publishing, and freedom of speech. Governments continue to struggle to apply old-fashioned laws to the fast evolving social web.
  • By 2006, the concept of the “social web” has taken hold with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and other self-publishing and social media channels and networks. Perception is reputation in the online world.
  • Describing the “perfect” blog, the author states: “Blogging will become a way to portray your personality. If you seem to be a generally likable person in your posts, more people will support you.” The author predicts:
    • Cyberbullying will increase.
    • Ranting and venting online will increase, though she admits, “Blogging does not work as a private venting station. Blogging does work as a way to publicize new ideas.”
    • Instead of language barriers, there will be coding errors. HTML will be the “language” of the future as browsers, search engines, and publishing platforms break down the language barriers with instant translations.
    • Fear of the “network” crashing will be of more concern than the stock market crashing.
    • Tracking the conversation with hashtags and social media tracking will be a prerequisite for future social channels and analytics.
    • Wikipedia will/is the default source for all research and references. 😀

Is this the future (and past) you see as a blogger?

I love colleges and universities adding blogging and social media to their degree programs. It is so essential to teach students how to communicate and interact on the web, especially when it comes to writing skills and etticute.

Sometimes it is the students who teach us old teachers best. 😀

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  1. dbierbrauer
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much for referencing my work! I’m so glad it’s being used beyond my Weblogs and Wikis class.

  2. kataucheng
    Posted March 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Permalink

    In my college, every student must to join a blog training, where they get any skill of blogging and writing, but it’s not enough without dicipline. Blogging on my mind is a routine…

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