The rise of moblogs
Mobile blogging, the most exciting phenomenon to have swept the blogosphere since the World Wide Web was created in 1999, is one of the reasons so many bloggers are attracted to this activity; in addition to the enjoyment they get from it and the convenience of being able to make frequent updates to keep their visitors up to speed with current trends, issues and other relevant matters. Mobile blogs – also referred to as “moblogs,” – take blogging to a previously unreachable level by allowing users to post events literally as it happen.
This new wave of moblogs via the seemingly non-stop activity of mobloggers, keep web users up to date with matters of importance – both good and bad – as they occur all over the world, thereby helping to make global communication faster and more accurate. Many people feel that the limitations of traditional (text) blogging have a lot to do with geography which – after all – is evidenced by simple physics, since the degree to which a blog could have been made current was directly related to how quickly the blogger returned home and boot up in order to update it; and the limitations were many.
However, similar to how creation of the Web helped to fuel Internet growth to new and astronomical heights post Web/Internet integration, mobile blogging was the beginning of a thrilling new era when web-based communication could occur spontaneously from any location. Moblogging devices meant that there was almost nowhere on the planet which remained off-limits for bloggers once technology caught up with the desire of bloggers to expand their market to a global audience. But there was a time, not very long ago, when such expansion may have seemed unattainable.
Desire outpaced technology
The first moblog technology became available over fifteen years ago, but it is only the past five to six years that mobile web devices were made user-friendly enough to appeal to most consumers. As camera phones and other mobile technology become more popular, an increasing number of bloggers were getting away from their desks and hitting the streets. Moblogging was becoming much more widespread than it was in previous cycles, and mobloggers were quickly attracting a lot of attention from the blogging community.
It is clear today (circa 2016) that moblogs have become a dominant force in the blogosphere, and for all intensive purposes, is expected to maintain such dominance for many years to come. So yes, by all implications moblogs are here to stay, if for no other reason than logistics; because, as indicated earlier, mobile devices make it possible to blog from the actual sites where events are unfolding, which is probably the most compelling reason why mobile blogging had – and still has – so many thrilling and compelling characteristics to have revolutionized the blogosphere.
Moblogs fueling Web growth
Consider for a moment that a moblogger with a camera phone can post blog entries from an auto show, ski event, or even at the foot of a podium during a presidential speech; or even from the stands during those final moments of the world series. These real life instances enable bloggers to experience the same real time thrills that live television coverage provides, but in a more democratic medium. The combination of mobility and individual control that moblogging provides places mobloggers on the cutting edge of modern communications technology, and it is hard to imagine that the number and prestige of moblogs will not continue to grow for decades into the future.