This year the blog is approaching it’s 13th Birthday. 13 YEARS! That’s a long time! Longer than any of the Social Media networks have been around. I remember the early days of blogging. Blogs had no competition and bloggers like myself had plenty of readers. We we’re able to pick a topic that we were passionate about and just start writing. We rarely talked about ourselves and had amazing conversations online. The only metric we were looking at was how many subscribers we had to our feed or email list.
Then Social Media came along. People started using social media to collect “Friends” “Fans” and “Followers”. The more friends they had the more popular they “seemed” to be. I had people looking me up from way back in grade school to help pad their numbers. “Dude! Remember me! We slapped Hi-Five in the delivery room!” It was getting ridiculous for a while there, asking people how they knew me and me banging my head trying to remember if I actually knew a person. Eventually Facebook came up with the Subscriber option allowing me to add people who I did not know in real life to subscribe to me. For me that was huge.
Even though Social Media users did not have much to say or just posted updates on what was going on in their life, the age of Social Media bought about a new form of blogger… the Narcissistic Micro Blogger… constant updates of what people were doing, eating and planning. Reminds me a little of twitter too but at least you could find interesting content being posted to twitter from celebrities and blogs. Facebook didn’t have much celebrity action at all in comparison.
Now don’t get me wrong, Facebook has its place, satisfying the urges of narcissists to over share every detail of their lives. I know I’ve done that a few times over the years… but thanks largely to Google+, I have gotten back to that place where I can blog about my favorite topics again without feeling the need to be narcissistic.
Even though many bloggers are still pumping their content into Facebook to gain a broader readership base, Google+ is gaining momentum among the blogosphere, a fact that I confirmed when checking out an article on LifeHacker called “What’s your Social Network of Choice”. Google+ won in a landslide despite the fact the odds were stacked against it because there was no share button on Google+.
Google+ is turning into a community of bloggers, tech enthusiasts, writers, content producers… narcissistic posts don’t make it far on Google+. You’d better be sharing some valuable information or you will quickly become irrelevant.
So, in a nutshell… I’m am totally in love with Google+. Content is now king again and the only thing keeping people around on Facebook is because everyone else is there. I feel like I know a way better place to hang out, but still go to the same crappy place because that’s where everyone else keeps going. That’s Facebook….