I talked about this in the assignment we had to turn in for homework, but I think that the main reason why people stop blogging is because they lose their drive. It’s not easy staying dedicated to one thing, and to blog for years and years on a SINGLE subject can be difficult. I know that I would have a lot of trouble if I were to continue my blog for more than a year. I don’t have enough music to really sustain it properly, and writing up posts is very time consuming. Some people need a time sink to distract themselves from the boredom that might find its way into their lives. Blogging is great for that, but it is important to remember that it goes both ways. A blog can both entertain and bore a blogger under the correct circumstances. If the writer is not looking for anything long term out of the blog, like say a book deal, then that person has zero commitment to it. They can literally cold turkey quit it at any time. That is the reason why I think people abandon blogs so often; there are no strings attached, and starting/quitting a blog is easy.
I think that comparing bloggers to curators is very metaphoric certainly, but not that close of a match. Mainly this probably is in my head because curating is such an old and established task whereas blogging seems to be new and changing daily as we learn to use the internet in various ways. I think the connection between curating and blogging comes from the fact that blog admins, like curators, get to choose what to feature. Something about blogs in my mind makes them seem to have so much more potential than curators, as bloggers can create their own content while curators, I believe, need to work with what they are given from thousands of years ago. On the other hand, bloggers that have specific focuses to their site may have this same issue of a small breadth of topics and posts to discuss. I started out on this post discussing that they are not the same but have convinced myself by the end of it that perhaps there is a better connection than I had originally thought. interesting
I believe social media and social networks are synonymous terms, referring to a website that connects you to many people you may know, and some you may not, hence forming an online network. Examples of this would be Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. Even though Twitter is considered “micro-blogging” it allows you to be much more “social” than a normal or typical blog. All of these examples allow users to converse freely, check out status updates, view photos, and more while everyone else is able to do the same about them. Users can examine deeply the life of another person (what they choose to share) and give feedback or become “social” over the site that is shared.
For that reason, I do not think blogs are social media. They are websites that one person controls and while others may sometimes be able to leave comments, there is no large conversation taking place. A blog author can choose to disable comments, truly taking away any aspect of socialization they might receive, and on top of that, they are not obligated to write back like users of social media websites, who are more or less are expected to. Blogs are much more one-sided than social media forms.