Blogging is growing, with tilt towards earning than socialization

I believe that blogging is not going to evaporate as some media pundits have been predicting. It is only growing in forms and formats. Yesterday it was in the form of a diary, which initially had hardly any customization and had just some text and links. Then it started adding pics, audio and video. Then came all types of technological frills that can make a blog as modern and full of functionalities as any other modern website.

In the western countries where e-commerce came early, blogs started earning money. It also led to use of SEO tricks that have been frowned upon by search engines and therefore no longer work. But the blogosphere has matured now in those countries, and blogging is a mainstream online activity and some have adopted it as business. In other countries, the use of internet - especially through the mobile phone - has grown fast in recent years and blogging is becoming a serious earning activity.

The monetization intent is making the blogosphere a business arena more than a social networking place as the latter activity has been taken over almost completely by social networking, messaging, social sharing and social bookmarking, aided by mobile apps.

blogging is now focused more on earning

If you are interested in further discussion on this topic, look for 'earning' tag on this blog. You could also consider buying The Manual of Blogging.