The talent pool writing about Apple products and platforms from outside the company’s walls is getting noticeably shallower. And on a personal level, this trend is not good for me, because I can’t link to App Store articles, because they’re not on the web.
I agree with John completely. I'm not sure if John is talking about blogs or professional web publications though. On a personal level I don't find it very fun to write in this category as a blogger. It's not a niche and there's little companionship among writers.
But, maybe this was brought on by ourselves. Cross linking between blogs has nearly dried up. It's almost impossible to find new opinions because everyone links to the same three websites, like I'm doing now.
A lot of voices have moved on to podcasting. Frankly, as someone that also podcasts, it's easier and there's less accountability than with blogging. Today, I also see a lot of thoughtful people writing on Discord groups. There's little value in blogging unless you just like to practice writing in public.