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FortKnox's Journal: Netcraft Confirms it! Blogging is dying! 24

Journal by FortKnox
I'm starting to feel that blogging is dying out. Just as any fad, once everyone starts doing it, it gets boring fast and people eventually just give up on it. Most blogs that have their own website (basically, not /. journals or livejournal, etc...) that I used to read haven't been updated in a while. Most of them include a "blogging is getting to be a job instead of writing my thoughts out" entry as the last one.
Just got me thinking. In a community, such as this, we can all feed off of one another. We can see when new friends write something and have the ability to find more friends... but, even with rss, people having an isolated blog eventually become uberpopular or die off.
I guess it all comes down to getting attention? If you have an isolated blog, you aren't going to have many people read, and only 25% usually comment, so you just get no feedback from it.
Anyone else noticing this trend or am I just making it up? Just seems like the net is slowing down lately... a lot of blogs and other sites that update regularly and aren't owned by a business are slowing down. Either people are getting bored with their sites or they aren't getting the attention they used to...

Yes, I'm still working on unread before you ask, and no, its not done yet :-P
To kill the time while I'm working on it, I could use some serious help with some graphics for the site (like the unread banner)... so if there are are any professional graphic artists in the crowd.... you know who you are (actually, I think we all know who you are) ;-)
Also, bethanie made a comment a bit ago about having a 'cutest baby' contest... I thought it could work like the photo contests we have yearly, except there aren't many children in the circle... what if I expanded it to children and pets? Any interest?
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Netcraft Confirms it! Blogging is dying!

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  • Don't you hate how its either really really busy, or its dead slow at work the week before Christmas? ;-)
    • yep.

      And the beauty of marriage is that you can be both dead slow and really, really busy at the same time.
    • Its one of the reasons why I didn't take this week off. I'd just spend it sitting around my parents' not getting paid instead of getting free pre-holiday meals at work.

      Save up that vacation for the summer.
    • I've scheduled in 4 minutes in which to breathe. Whoops, time's up! GULP.
    • The report I'm working on just had it's due date moved back from the end of the month to the middle of January. I was going to need my part done by the end of the week since I'll be gone the week after Christmas, so it was going to be really, really busy. Now the motivation is just draining away, and it'll be dead slow like all the other projects around me.

      Oh well, dead slow isn't bad either.

  • Yes, I'm still working on unread before you ask, and no, its not done yet :-P To kill the time while I'm working on it, I could use some serious help with some graphics for the site (like the unread banner)... so if there are are any professional graphic artists in the crowd.... you know who you are (actually, I think we all know who you are) ;-)

    Who, me?

    Cheers,

    Ethelred

    • :-P

      Got free time? (Notice I waited until the holidays to ask?) ;-)
      • Theoretically, yes. And no.

        Nice clear answer, eh? ;-)

        At any rate, my parents are going to be in town for a couple weeks starting Thursday (yay, our first Family Christmas(TM)), so on the one hand, that means I will be spending time with them...on the other hand, they will free me up a lot, given that the Confessor will have someone else to occupy him for a change.

        So long as we're not talking too much work, send me the specs and I'll see what I can do.

        Cheers,

        Ethelred

        • I'm not a graphic artist, but I play one on in my own mind. Try "me" at gmail.com if you want to send me specs as well. Not that I expect to have free time, but who knows. When inspiration hits me, it sometimes goes very well [elmegil.net].
  • ...my pet rock is cuter than your pet baby.:)
  • Yeah, I noticed blogging is kind of like that too. In fact, my own blog hasn't been update for 6 months :) The main reason being as you said- no one to feed off. Although my slashdot JE is more isolated, I know people read it and comment at least someone frequently. With my blog it always felt like a chore to update, and no one ever commented. I think blogging "for the masses" will probably stick around for a while, because it does give everyone the ability to have a web site. I think focused communiti
  • what if I expanded it to children and pets?

    It's a thought- my Christopher's nickname is Beluga....he's my little white whale on the go-go-go-go...
  • by grub (11606)

    I'm not a "blog fan".
    I'm not a "wikipedia fan".
    I'm not an "RSS fan".

    All these fads that come and go. If I have anything to bitch about I'll do it in my /. journal, that's bloggish enough for me.

    Good comment about the week before xmas whoever that was (FortKnox? I'm editting now) it's dead as a morgue around here and our place closes Dec 24 at noon after whcih we return on the 4th. Woo!
  • It's just pining for the Fjords, that's all! :)

    Actually, I'm hoping to start using my site more to showcase my artwork, and hopefully as a springboard to get people interest in buying prints and other stuff off of me. Going to have a shopfront via CafePress, with my site as the advertising side. It's my big plan to keep me occupied over the Christmas break.

    I'll still be putting up funny news stories and stuff as well, and I'm also going to be archiving all my old /. journals.

    -MT.
  • I'd win. gmhowell...wanna open up your Gallery? :-) Are you running the version that has polls?
  • There's only 1 or 2 that I go read outside of /., and that's about once every month or two.
  • Blogs are merely consolidating. They're becoming a part of a community. Arguably, some of the sites, like Slashdot, offer a community where people share some sort of interest. Others provide the ability for communities to form freely among the thousands of members trying to get attention from other users. Like how Live Journal seems to offer a large community of angst and woe, at least what I've seen of it.

    I think of it something like how people who wanted a vanity or personal website a while ago just set o

  • Anything more I can do for the moderation aspect? Had time to look over the mega-query yet?
    • I'm afraid I haven't had much time to sit and study your solution yet. Sorry about that. I will be looking into it this holiday weekend, though :-)
      • No need to apologize, just curious if there was more that I could do to help. As a warning, the query makes some assumptions, perhaps overly broad assumptions, about how all the data will be stored. They're at least briefly given in the email though.

        I'll be in dialup land this weekend and next week (ah, time off work to spend with parents and siblings) so I'll try to get back to you when I can, though there might be a little lag. Certainly more than if I were with my broadband connection and not playing gam

  • Whatever. I started writing here just because. And that's why I write on MD. I'd write if nobody read it (which it seems like at times:)

    What makes you think it's dying? The stuff in my aggregator seems as lively as ever. Perhaps it's the nature of what I choose.

  • by turg (19864) *

    I'm starting to feel that blogging is dying out. Just as any fad, once everyone starts doing it, it gets boring fast and people eventually just give up on it.

    Like any cool new technology it's trendy at first and then the novelty wears off . . . and then the tool gets used for what it's really useful for.

    I think that web log software/service is the best thing to use for most people who want to have a web site they can regularly update with new information and not have to know anything about web hosting

  • Long live the blog.

    What are the specs for what you want done? If it gets down to it you can do it yourself. "But I can't draw" you say. Quit whining and start reading Betty Edwards' Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain [amazon.com]. It's just that easy.
    • Well, it depends. Blogs are no different than websites in general. Mostly, they're Kilroys[1]. Something new this way comes. I've gotta have me one. Bleh. Too much bother to maintain.

      Then there are those few that are either a)commercial or b)run by dedicated individuals. Personally, I would never run my own blog. /. is just about right...

      [1]"Kilroy wuz here!" My website is a prime example, at the moment.....

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