This week I feel like I've reaquainted myself with my bretheren. Following through on a New Year's resolution, I promised to blog more. There was a time when I promised to blog less, as I feared I may be writing myself into a bleak, non-social existence, where nothing happened if it wasn't published on the Internet. However, just as our work relationships, marriages, and lives shift, sour, and soar, so, apparently, do our relationships to blogging.
I've seen people leave the B-sphere and come back, for various reasons.
- For one, a bad breakup renewed her vigor to blog.
- One's leaving to go on book tour--throwing herself to a whole new breed of troll, The Book Reviewer. If the big bad traditional media world doesn't appreciate your snark, just know, AMC, we won't go anywhere!
And some have stepped it up:
- One realized she liked blogging so much, she bought a web network.
- Three decided to launch a content network celebrating all things female and bloggy.
- One put her money where her blog is and took off to Asia to report on post-tsunami Thailand.
As BlogHer Britt would say: There's something in the air in 2006 that makes me think that BlogHers are at the right place at the right time. Some indicators:
- Mainstream media is saying, "WTF!": Companies like Time Inc. are ripping down the walls of paid content, preferring to share in the wealth of eyeballs and link love (see that wasn't so bad, was it?)
- Social media start-ups and blog conglomerates are getting bought by companies coming late to the party (at least they're showing up, I say).
- Blogs and social media trendwatchers are being added to the must-read lists by anyone who wants to be in the know.
- Blog networks are being hatched by passionate women who want to expand their influence, and established blog networks keep on truckin'.
- Bloggers have learned to make blogging pay through blog advertising, writing gigs, book deals, technology, and consulting.
- Female gurus are being coined--they can sit with the boys on panels, but also love hanging with the girls. I predict we'll see more women on conference panels (and not just BlogHer's) in '06.
It's a good time to blog.