2008: Another Big Year for Blogging

By Daniel Scocco

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I am pretty sure that 2008 will be another big year for blogging and new media in general. Online ad spending is booming, web applications are affirming themselves, new communication platforms and business models are emerging by the light of the day. It is a very exciting period for everyone who is connected to this global network.

As far as blogging goes I don’t think that we’ll experience an explosive growth (in terms of new blogs being created), but rather a consolidation of the industry. Behemoths like TechCrunch, Engadget and Mashable will keep growing through out the year, blurring even more the line between mainstream and new media.

Smaller blogs will prosper as long as they provide value and have a clear focus, and more people should be able to generate revenues (both directly and indirectly) from their blogs. Overall I think that blogs will become closer to “traditional websites,” just with some extra features. (you can read more predictions for 2008 on this post over ReadWriteWeb.)

If you already have a blog and some experience with the new media landscape you are one step ahead of everyone else. Stay focused and keep you radar on, there are huge opportunities on the Internet right now.

Good luck and happy new year to all the DBT readers!




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16 Responses to “2008: Another Big Year for Blogging”

  • David Zemens [1955 Design]

    I concur that 2008 is shaping up to be a good year. Even though the United States economy is in rough shape and showing few signs of resurgence, 2007 was a very strong year for my business and for that of other’s who I know in the web design / blogging industry.

    Happy New Year and may 2008 prove to be a banner year for everyone!

  • Bilingual Blogger

    I think the future is bright and there’s only way to go….and that’s UP!!

    ¡Feliz Año Nuevo a todos!

  • Ruchir

    Yeah, in my opinion 2008 will be the year for blogging. In 2007, many blogs really took off. In fact, blogging as a whole, the whole blogosphere reached new heights. Bloggers made the most money in 2007 and thousands of new blogs cropped up. The Blogging industry is sure booming and now is the right time to get in. No doubt, 2008 will sure be awesome for blogging…

  • Matej

    Cheers Daniel, happy New Year and thanks for the RWW link, it’s great reading.

  • Ritu

    I think blogging will keep growing and like you said it will soon be upto par with the mainstream media.

    We as bloggers need to focus and start writing to provide value rather than writing for the sake of updating our blogs to reach the top. Blogging will keep growing as each year passes by.

  • Allen Johnson

    I have a redaction my blog will have explosive growth this year and all the people who i socialize with so guys you know yaro starak and shoe money,joel com,john chow here is allen Johnson the number one blogger and willing to help noob blogger like me here you can reach me at alanj878@yahoo.com and click on the trackback to see what I am doing

  • Gaida

    2008 is definitely a year for businesses whether online or offline to take hold of blogging to gain more interaction with their customers. Even my boss has started a blog to gain more exposure…. must admit I’d been at him for a while.

    Designs for blogs have been changing, in particular to the new 3 column newspaper style which I’m really keen to change over to.
    With so many templates available it’s so much easier to make your blog individually your own.

    There have also been new comers online for us to utilise other than having to rely on Adsense, giving us all more opportunities to choose eg Widgetbucks, Scratchback & Chitika.

    Looking forward to an exciting year ahead.

  • Anuj Seth

    Well. I won’t predict what 2008 is going to be like for my blogs, but like others, its good to be optimistic! 🙂

  • MusHi

    Happy New Year!

  • Jim

    I agree with the prediction “that blogs will become closer to ‘traditional websites'”. With the increasing functionality of software like WordPress, it is possible to publish a “traditional website” on a blogging platform with nearly all the traditional features. I am working on a couple projects at this time that will do just that.

    I think blogs are still in an infant stage with great changes yet to come.

  • Nathaniel

    I totally agree. Especially with the statement that blogs are starting to behave more like “traditional websites”.

    Myself, personally, I never saw blogs as their own separate entity but just another framework upon which to build a website. In fact, all my sites behave more like traditional websites except that they use a blog infrastructure. It’s just too easy to pass up.

    Beyond that, I do believe that blogging is certainly going to get bigger in 2008. Big things are happening. I’m certainly looking forward to it.

  • m07

    i hope to cash on in the boom this year just started an blog 2 months ago already have 200 readers.

  • Gisele B. from myBeautyMatch.com

    This is surely an excellent post to start the year because the perspective of a great year is always uplifting!

    Thanks for the inspiration.

  • medyum

    I think blogging will keep growing and like you said it will soon be upto par with the mainstream media.

    We as bloggers need to focus and start writing to provide value rather than writing for the sake of updating our blogs to reach the top. Blogging will keep growing as each year passes by.

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