If you haven’t heard, Google Reader is shutting down on July 1. If you use Google Reader, it’s important that you get your subscriptions out over the next couple of days. There are lots of alternatives to Google Reader such as Feedly that are worth checking out.
Here are my predictions for the future of blogging:
- People won’t read as many (or any) blogs. I seem to be encountering a lot of people who used to read blogs faithfully but now read few or none. There’s just too much out there.
- Curation will become even more important. Trusted bloggers will continue to scour the web for the best content and will drive traffic to those sites.
- Content will continue to improve. The quality of blogs has gone up since I’ve been reading blogs, and I expect this to continue.
- Social media will increasingly drive traffic. Links from Facebook and Twitter, especially when they’re not promotional links from the writer, will help people find good content.
- The long tail prevails. The big bloggers will get bigger, but the niche bloggers will still have their place.
- There’s still lots of room for fresh voices. One could argue that all the good books have been written, but nobody has told the authors. Not everyone should blog, but if you have something worth saying, then we still need to hear your voice.
What do you think? Have I missed anything?