@colinwalker I have had some personal blogs in my RSS reader for what seems like almost two decades, and I have blogged for over 15 years. The blog had more traffic in the eearly day but the level of engagement and traffic went down around 2011-2012 as readers moved their interests to Twitter and Facebook. When I started using Webmentions and Semantic Linkbacks a few years ago, I was able to pull back in some of that engagement from Facebook. When Facebook removed API support for the personal timeline, the participation dropped off again.
I think discovery is the main issue.
@khurtwilliams Absolutely, discovery is definitely key. There's no doubt that the way we read and converse online have changed forever and there's no way back from that bit there's got to be ways we can make blogs more discoverable again without trying to roll back the clock.
Micro.blog takes a different approach by combining blogs with the well-trodden timeline but it still requires a lot of manual labour to find things.
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