Keeping Blogs Alive: How to Do It?

I moderated a live Poynter chat last week with New York University professor and PressThink blogger Jay Rosen about how to teach blogging and how to have a successful blog. There are a lot of valuable lessons in the chat, which you can replay here. We had so many questions from participants that we’re hosting a second live chat with Jay on Thursday at 1 p.m. EDT.

Speaking of blogging, I read an interesting New York Times story today about what happens when the thrill of blogging dies. I always wanted to write a story about this, but alas the Times beat me to it. It would still make for an interesting story, though, to take a look at the blogs in your local community and see which ones are defunct and which ones are thriving. I’m amazed by how alive and thriving some local Tampa Bay neighborhood blogs are.

Even still, I’m sure there are plenty that are defunct. The Times reported that, “According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled.”

Tear. I make it a point to blog at least a few times a week. I like to think that I have regular readers, small as my audience might be, so in many ways I feel as though I’d be letting my readers down if I were to just let my blog die. On a more personal level, blogging gives me an outlet for communicating with others in a public forum, a chance to share my stories and experiences, and a way to stay in the habit of writing on a regular basis.

Published by Mallary Tenore Tarpley

Mallary is a mom of two young kiddos -- Madelyn and Tucker. Mallary absolutely loves being a mom and often writes about the need to find harmony when juggling motherhood and work. Mallary is the Assistant Director of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas at the University of Texas at Austin, where she manages the Center's various programs related to distance learning, freedom of expression, and digital journalism. Previously, she was Executive Director of Images & Voices of Hope and Managing Editor of The Poynter Institute’s media news site, Mallary grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Providence College in Rhode Island. In 2015, she received a certificate in nonprofit management from Duke University. She now lives in beautiful Austin, Texas, with her kids, husband Troy and cat Clara. She's working on a memoir, slowly but surely. You can reach her at

2 thoughts on “Keeping Blogs Alive: How to Do It?

  1. I read that article this morning and thought how well it would have gone with another one about what happens to the audience when a blogger goes off the grid. I’ve seen a couple examples where readers have been understanding, yet upset. They do miss reading stuff they’ve been so accustomed to!

    1. That is so true! That would make for a great follow-up story. … It’s pretty easy to lose readers quickly if you stop updating your blog. The trick is to train them to come back regularly, to make it part of their daily or weekly routine.

      Reading a blog you like only to find out that the person behind it has stopped updating it is similar to when you find a product you really like, and you buy it for years, and then all of a sudden it gets discontinued. You don’t want your blog to all of a sudden just be gone!

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