After nearly 12 years of blogging, I’ve decided that it’s time to close up shop. There are several reasons for this.
- The development blogging ecosystem is basically dead. Fewer people are writing or reading development blogs, and the level of engagement here has been steadily declining for a while.
- Newsletters are directly substituting for blogging. If you’ve been enjoying my link round-up posts here, please sign up for Africa Update as well!
- Social media has higher levels of engagement. Twitter is now where blogging was a decade ago — many if not most development professionals are engaging there. I’m sure at some point we’ll all move en masse to another platform as Twitter declines, but so far it’s not clear what that might be. (Platforms like Instagram, TikTok, etc. aren’t really good for written conversations.)
- I’m trying to switch my long-form writing to other venues. I’ve still got a decent blog audience, but the reach of posts published on sites like African Arguments is much higher. Writing for a site with specific editorial standards also forces me to write more concisely than I would on my own blog, which I like.
- I need to prioritize my time. I’ve still been spending time posting here, but it’s started to feel like it’s taking away from other writing projects.
Anyway, all of my old posts will still be up and searchable at rachelstrohm.com/blog. I’ll also continue updating my Scholarship pages, and will always pin the newest scholarship announcements to the top of my Twitter profile.
Thanks to all of my readers for being such a great audience for the last 12 years! I’ve met a lot of excellent people and learned a great deal from all of your comments and emails, and I’m very grateful for the sense of community this has offered. Please come find me on Twitter if we’re not already connected there.