Blogs become more and more irrelevant – at least that’s what I feel those days when I open my feed reader or head over to Bloglovin to see what others have published. It seems only natural: all those services like Instagram or Snapchat make content creation and distribution so much easier. I felt the same for a while and neglected the blog, which was a pity. I am so glad I started posting again, especially now that the web community is protesting against the changes Instagram just announced…
In case you did not hear, Instagram is planning to change its newsfeed from chronological to algorithmical and its users are outraged. They fear that as with Facebook their visibility will suffer or that they might miss the posts they really want to see.
While I am not a fan of this development either (as I wasn’t when they introduced ads to the network), I don’t really see the point in revolting, especially not by using hashtags like #keepinstagramchronological or signing online petitions. In the end it’s up to them and enough people will accept their “new” news feed. Those who don’t will leave or keep complaining. Once again we are reminded that social networks do not belong to its users – as lovely as this thought would be.
Once again we have to realise that we are not the customer, we are the product Instagram or any other social network sells.
So instead of protesting I want to suggest starting or reactivating a blog. Yes you might have to pay some money per year to maintain a blog. Also creating content for a blog might mean a little more effort than posting pictures to Instagram. At the same time the reach of your blog will be way smaller. However to a great extend it will be yours. Additionally it will allow you a much wider range of content than Instagram or any social network does. In the end I do hope that more people go back to blogging as they get fed up with the changes social networks constantly undergo.
What’s your blog’s URL and are you still posting? Let me know!