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Netcraft Confirms it! Blogging is dying!

FortKnox (169099) writes | more than 9 years ago

Editorial 24

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 cI'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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24 comments

And in conclusion... (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140131)

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

Re:And in conclusion... (1)

Planesdragon (210349) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140246)

yep.

And the beauty of marriage is that you can be both dead slow and really, really busy at the same time.

Re:And in conclusion... (1)

sielwolf (246764) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140277)

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.

This week isn't all that bad... (1)

mekkab (133181) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140493)

I've scheduled in 4 minutes in which to breathe. Whoops, time's up! GULP.

Re:And in conclusion... (1)

dead sun (104217) | more than 9 years ago | (#11141185)

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.

Moi? (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140325)

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

Re:Moi? (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140364)

:-P

Got free time? (Notice I waited until the holidays to ask?) ;-)

Re:Moi? (1)

Ethelred Unraed (32954) | more than 9 years ago | (#11141070)

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

Re:Moi? (1)

elmegil (12001) | more than 9 years ago | (#11141729)

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] .

Netcraft confirms... (1)

LPetrazickis (557952) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140327)

...my pet rock is cuter than your pet baby.:)

Blogging... (1)

glh (14273) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140394)

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 communities like slashdot that add more value (at least in theory) are going to be in it for the long haul. Heck, I've been on slashdot since 98 and still come back.. Had it not been for the JE's I'd probably be a lurker.

My chid is my pet (1)

Marxist Hacker 42 (638312) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140422)

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...

Yep (1)

grub (11606) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140430)


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!

My blog ain't dead! (1)

MonTemplar (174120) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140702)

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.

just so you know (1)

nocomment (239368) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140786)

I'd win. gmhowell...wanna open up your Gallery? :-) Are you running the version that has polls?

blogs (1)

nocomment (239368) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140809)

There's only 1 or 2 that I go read outside of /., and that's about once every month or two.

Blogs aren't dead. (1)

dead sun (104217) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140820)

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 one up at Angelfire or Geocities. The site wasn't important enough to warrant expensive hosting, just like most blogs aren't. Now, it isn't worth the hassle of setting up blog software and paying hosting, so people move to some community that does everything but write content.

This journal thing seems like blogging to me. I write random crap in it now every couple days and, lo and behold, people comment and there's discussion and I feel like an attention whore without really trying to be one. Except, if I were to do this on my own site, I would expect no comments whatsoever. Here I figure that if people comment it's because they're generally bored and it's easy enough to do. It still amazes me, but not to the same extent I'd be amazed if I were gathering comments on my site (not that anybody can).

On Unread (1)

dead sun (104217) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140881)

Anything more I can do for the moderation aspect? Had time to look over the mega-query yet?

Re:On Unread (1)

FortKnox (169099) | more than 9 years ago | (#11140916)

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 :-)

Re:On Unread (1)

dead sun (104217) | more than 9 years ago | (#11141136)

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 games or chatting with family and friends all the time.

whatever (1)

gmhowell (26755) | more than 9 years ago | (#11141159)

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.

blogs (1)

turg (19864) | more than 9 years ago | (#11142179)

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 or HTML, etc., etc. In that sense, I don't think the use of this tool is anywhere near it's peak. But long before that peak approaches, the statement "Look! I've got a blog!" will be about as exciting as as "Look! I'm using an electrical device!"

A "blog" as a type of web site will die out. Using this type of software to manage a web site of any sort will become much more common.

It's the difference between "I have a blog. What should I put in it?" and "I have this information I want to put online regularly. What's the best tool for the job?" This is the difference between the trendy use and the long-term use of any new technology.

The blog is dead. (1)

Talinom (243100) | more than 9 years ago | (#11142437)

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.

Re:The blog is dead. (1)

Red Warrior (637634) | more than 9 years ago | (#11145060)

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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