If you look closely you'll see that something has changed about this blog. So what other changes could be in store for the Bloggiverse in 2013?
Here are some predictions
- Actual blogging police force to form
Sometimes bloggers will criticise other bloggers, but preface this with Hey, I don't mean to sound like the blogging police but... before going on to say something inferring that how they run their blog is right, and how you all run your blog is wrong.
Naturally this is very confusing for all involved.
Luckily such confusion will cease with the formation of the Actual Blogging Police Force. The Force's mission will be to point out where other bloggers are doing it wrong. There will be special hats and (blog) badges. They will swoop in like the Spanish Inquisition. If you get a comment on a post saying Can you feel The Force? then you've been fingered as a wrong 'un and must retire from blogging at once.
I can foresee no problems with this system at all.
- At least one blogging network to close
2012 saw a big surge in the number of networks claiming to connect bloggers with brands. Since there's only so much of that gravy to go around, at least one of these networks will probably lie down under a bush and expire this year. Either that or they'll get bought out by a bigger blogging network, who will then be cursing as they realise they've bought a list of bloggers they're already connected to.
- More blogs without comments
Blog comments have really collapsed over the last year - partly because it's easier to respond via Twitter or Facebook and partly because it's harder to respond when you're reading a blog via a phone. A few bloggers have already announced their intention not to allow comments, so more are sure to follow. The good part about this is that if you're not getting any comments you can now claim to be highly fashionable and ahead of the curve. Win win.
- Old skool blogging to return
Remember Old Skool Blogging - when you wrote just cos you had something to say, and it was fun to do? And you didn't bother with commercial stuff and it didn't bother you and everybody was happy with that? That's coming back. In a big way.
- G+ continues to mystify
It's like the Derren Brown of social media in that respect.
- That monkey in a coat who went to Ikea to start a fashion blog
I realise that this is unlikely, but it's still on my personal wish list.