I certainly hope not. But it very well may be according to Google.
Google Reader is shutting down in July. Feedburner isn’t the service it used to be either, with AdSense and API no longer available with the service.
Maybe blogging is dead. Or, at least the landscape for being a blogger has changed. Between optimizing content for mobile, and social strategies for traffic, the rules for building an audience has been evolving over time.
Some sites are abandoning those rules altogether. With sites moving to paywalls and subscriptions (The Magazine, Andrew Sullivan, Salon has been using this model for years), maybe the rules used as far back as just a year or two ago probably don’t even matter.
RSS isn’t really dead. Neither are microformats, but who uses that anymore? Regardless of the industry, RSS is now a tinkerers toy. Everyone else will have to actually visit a website. *shutter*