Does anyone read blogs anymore? Or has everything moved over to Instagram now? I ask this after an interesting conversation I had last week. More and more I see people commenting on my Instagram posts referencing my blog posts. So I guess some of you do read it, but is it just easier to comment on Instagram? Is it because I can respond quicker? Does it seem more accessible? I am truly curious and intrigued. I often wonder about the future of blogs, will people still be reading them 5 years from now? I wonder too about the future of Instagram. The microblogging platform is slowly becoming a mega marketing avenue for brands and shops all over the world. What will happen when “they”, the power house at Facebook, decide to really capitalize on use. Will people have to start paying for posts to be published, to reach our audience? Will users start to back away from Instagram, like they do with Facebook?
I have a theory…I believe Instagram has replaced blogs on some level today. But I believe that as more and more advertisements appear on Instagram and as the company tries to monetize on their ever growing popularity, people will start to back away from the social media platform and go back to the blog of the old. I know that I for one am more and more turned off by Facebook, to the extent that I barely ever use it anymore. The things that turn me off of Facebook are precisely the things that Instagram/Facebook would like to implement on Instagram as well. For now my blog is still my own, controlled by me and accessible to all with no rules or restrictions getting in the way. So here I am blog followers…are you still out there?