"I doubt if the blogosphere of 2018 is smaller in absolute terms than the blogosphere of the early 2000s. In fact I'm pretty sure it's orders of magnitude larger...
What changed is we lost the center."
The emergence of social networks as a driving force on the internet gave people quicker, easier ways to make a point, connect and have conversations. Blogs still existed but became isolated, the strands that wove them together as more of a community unraveled.
Things have been getting better:
- a backlash in some quarters
- the indieweb movement seeking to facilitate cross-talk using technologies like webmentions
- micro.blog aiming to get people focused on blogging again
But it is still too easy to jump on your social platform of choice rather than have discussions via blogs.