RIP Writers’ Websites?
(My photo shows the cemetery where most of my family is buried)
I’ve been blogging since (I think) 2006, starting on the site that preceded this one. It might have been earlier – the old site was far more complex and had revolving views of nighttime London built on Flash (remember that?), but was too difficult for some readers to load, so I eventually simplified the site.
Since that time social media has exploded, and after we hit Peak Website many readers realised they were taking on too much. It’s no surprise that TikTok caters so well for shorter attention spans.
Now it appears we’re not visiting writer websites as much as we used to. I came off Facebook owing to privacy issues, and use Twitter regularly (and Instagram very occasionally, although I find it utterly uninstinctive) but I’m starting to think that most writer sites have had their day.
I kept moving forward from the carefree early posts that consisted of dance routines, jokes, puzzles and clips through to the longer more serious pieces I wrote for research, and had a lot of fun doing so.
It’s been good to me too, providing me with the basis of several books – regular readers will find that ‘Peculiar London’ owes its origins to a number of articles extensively reworked from the yeast mother of the site’s London posts.
Times change, though – some of the old content on this site has corrupted and videos have timed out, but there’s quite a bit of information in the various sections. I looked around at other writers’ sites and many of them have slowed the posting of fresh content to a trickle, while some have stopped altogether.
Personal issues have not really stopped me from blogging, but now I’m thinking of closing the site. I wonder if another simpler UK-based platform would be better. Any suggestions will be welcomed. It may be that I just use Twitter for announcements and make life simpler for all of us. I’d happily reclaim my leisure time…
Do writer blogs still have any purpose? Are there easier ways of providing readers with information? Let me know what you think.