Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Downtrend in GIS blogging?

As you inevitably noticed, the frequency of posting and length of individual posts on this blog is steadily decreasing. As noted by several other fellow GIS enthusiasts, it is a common trend across many GIS related blogs. Is it because social media offer better and easier alternatives "to be heard" and "connected"?  Or because of "too much effort required for too little reward"? Or simply because there is "just not enough new topics to write about"? Theories are many but answers few. In my opinion, it is the mix of all of the above…

Several years ago, when the whole blogging phenomenon started, it was the primary channel for communicating and sharing stories and views on specific topics. But it turned out to be a hard slog to produce frequently and consistently high quality posts. Because of relatively low "return to effort" ratio enthusiasm for blogging quickly fades.  Even more so if there is low or no involvement from the readers. Over time other social platforms emerged that offer much easier ways to publish and share the information and they require much less effort to maintain constant public presence– Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or LinkedIn are good examples, to name a few. But that is not the only reason why there is less and less content produced by GIS bloggers. Lack of topics on new exciting developments in GIS industry may have something to do with it as well. There is that perception that "once you’ve seen one online map with a certain thematic content, you’ve seen them all"… Also that "there were no significant technological breakthroughs in recent years" and it all frankly "starting to be a bit boring"…

A positive effect of that "shrinking supply" is an increase in traffic to sites that continue producing content – including this blog. I believe there are still many stories to be told so, I will persist with occasional post. Stay tuned!

First spotted on: spatialsource.com.au