The galvanized technophile clicks publish on his latest composition, which is certain to bring internet stardom, anonymous donations and hopefully free cookies. He sits only illuminated by the blue glow of the monitor, anticipating the onslaught of page views. They trickle like Reaganomics. As time goes on, as it’s known to do, enthusiasm begins to wane. His writings become less out of habit and more out of necessity. Then to begrudgingly avoid neglect.
His creativity machine grinds to a halt like a factory shutdown. He carefully constructs the inevitable apology to his 3 readers. The blogging software goes out of date. Comment spam starts to take over. He has failed at the internet and regrettably joins Facebook.
Personal websites and blogs not entangled by the tentacles of the large social media monsters are declining. If you want to just share links or photos with friends, there are specific social media services for it. Seems a bit redundant to post a link to a photograph on Facebook when you could just post the photo itself. I have observed the interesting balance, and now, tipping point between social media and personal websites over the last few years.