Get out your crystal balls, my friends, it’s time to make some predictions. Where will your blog be in 5 years from now?
For many, the blog will go by the wayside. I haven’t come across any stats to quantify this, but a lot of bloggers don’t stay in it for the long haul. There are a few bloggers I’ver known since around the time I started blogging in 2017, but there’s been a lot of turnover. COVID seems to have really amplified the turnover.
Some people will remain content creators (isn’t everyone a content creator these days?), but they’ll find other platforms better suited to them, whether that be Instagram, podcasts, or something else.
Perhaps a few bloggers will successfully monetize, and their blog and associated activities will become a consistent source of income. I think that’s pretty hard to do, but clearly some people manage to do well that way.
Maybe some bloggers will change blogging niche, narrow down their focus, or expand their scope. Some bloggers might start a whole new blog for this purpose. To me, that sounds like a lot of work, and I don’t think there’s anything with keeping the same site and totally overhauling it, and letting your followers decide whether they want to stick around or not.
If you’re still around in 5 years, it’s almost inevitable that your follower count will grow, although a substantial number of those new followers will be spammy. A few people will probably have really significant growth, while others will have slow, modest gains.
Some people may have goals they want to reach, whether that be in terms of stats or perhaps feature that they add to their blog. Others may just take it as it comes, with no goals other than blogging for the sake of blogging.
For myself, I’m pretty sure I’ll be around in 5 years, because I really don’t have anything else major going on in my world. I’ll still be writing about mostly mental health. I’d like to continue to expand my reach, not for the sake of stats, but in terms of getting the message out about mental health. I like learning new things about blogging, and I’m sure that’s something I’ll continue with on an ongoing basis.
While the people in it will change, my guess is that the blogging world in general won’t change all that much. There will always be people who want to write and communicate with others through writing. I doubt WordPress is going anywhere as the dominant platform. For all its hiccups, they’ve got a pretty good thing going.
Do you think you’ll still be blogging in 5 years? Do you foresee any major changes, or have any goals for along the way?