Have you noticed a change in the book blogging community in recent months?
My comments and pageviews have decreased in the last 3-4 months. I attributed it to a lack of commenting and involvement in the blogging community on my part. While I'm sure that is a factor, now I'm starting to wonder if it's a symptom of a larger issue.
Other bloggers I've spoken with have also noticed a downturn in pageviews. Our Follow Friday meme, while still well-trafficked, is receiving fewer sign-ups and pageviews as well.
What's going on?
Are fewer people interested in book blogging? It seems like there are just as many blogs as there have always been, but the community is less cohesive. In general, there are fewer events that bring the whole community together. At one time Book Blogger Appreciation Week was a huge deal. In My Mailbox was a huge deal every week (although there's still Stacking the Shelves). There were blog tours galore. We still have popular memes like Follow Friday, Top Ten Tuesday, and Waiting on Wednesday, but it still feels like there's been a downturn. Similarly, I'm not noticing as many prominent blog tours lately.
Has Tumblr replaced blogging? Has Twitter replaced blogging?
Is there a huge, organized blogging community that I'm missing?
One of the problems is that when I began blogging, there were a few huge YA book blogs, like The Story Siren, that everyone basically turned to. Most of these are gone now or less active than they used to be. There's no central hub of the community. I'm one of the larger YA book blogs around, but like many people who have reached the 3+ year mark, I'm tired. I am not planning on stopping any time soon, but it's harder to keep going than it was at first. If you're also a long time blogger, do you feel the same?
Do you think we can make the YA blogging community more cohesive and active than it is now?
What needs to change?