“Is Facebook killing Blogger?” During the last years, I've been worried about this subject and decided now to explore it with your help. Let my give you an example, a kind of starting point: We have in Portugal a webpage lodged in the Portuguese Orienteering Federation's site, which is called OriOasis. It's kind of a “mini-World of O” site, where 23 Portuguese Blogs and Sites are represented. More than a half of them are completely dead and only six blogs have articles published in 2015. Five of them have 25 articles overall published along this year. The other one, Orientovar –www.orientovar.blogspot.com –, has 390 articles published so far. Orientovar is my personal blog and I know what I'm talking about; but I also have to say that I have now around 80 visitors each day, while that number, three years ago, was higher than 400 visitors each day. At the same time, I can see that the “dead blogs” administrators, are still quite active on Facebook, which mean, probably, they moved their attentions from Blogger to Facebook in an almost definitive way.
So, I tried to listen some top bloggers about this subject, having their feedback about five questions (the same for everyone). Emily Benham, Catherine Taylor, Mikhail Vinogradov, Lizzie Ingham, Hans Jörgen Kvale or Jan Kocbach are some of the bloggers that, during the next days, will leave here their opinions. Of course, you're also free to participate, leaving your contribution on the Portuguese Orienteering Blog's commentary corner. We'll certainly appreciate that!
Looking for the Portuguese example above, do you feel the same with your blog and blogs around you? Is this a problem for you?
Mikhail Vinogradov (M. V.) - I don't feel some pressure from Facebook to our blog (or other blogs). Some athletes have created Facebook pages, but in my opinion are different things; unlike Blog, the Facebook frame is really a short message mainly with picture.
Do you have an Orienteering Facebook page? Could you tell us about your experience in having both a Facebook page and Blog?
M. V. - Galina and I have Facebook accounts (not Athlete profiles!), We used it to contact people and also put announces about articles in our blog.
Is it clear that Facebook is a quick way to talk about Orienteering, but is it also the best way to promote our sport? Is the Blogger condemned to be extinguished?
M. V. - In my opinion, Blogs are better to communicate in Orienteering. You can put a lot of pictures, maps, analysis, surveys, etc.
Have you ever felt like stopping writing? Are you loosing the interest in writing and reading – and sharing! - about Orienteering?
M. V. - No.
Have you any general ideas about Communication in our sport that you would like to share?
M. V. - World of O is the best option for the moment.