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Most Blogs Now Abandoned

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 5 years ago | from the short-attention-span dept.

Social Networks 290

The Narrative Fallacy writes "Douglas Quenqua reports in the NY Times that according to a 2008 survey only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days meaning that "95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled." Richard Jalichandra, chief executive of Technorati, said that at any given time there are 7 million to 10 million active blogs on the Internet, but it's probably between 50,000 and 100,000 blogs that are generating most of the page views. "There's a joke within the blogging community that most blogs have an audience of one." Many people who think blogging is a fast path to financial independence also find themselves discouraged. "I did some Craigslist postings to advertise it, and I very quickly got an audience of about 50,000 viewers a month," says Matt Goodman, an advertising executive in Atlanta who had no trouble attracting an audience to his site, Things My Dog Ate, leading to some small advertising deals. "I think I made about $20 from readers clicking on the ads.""

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... and nothing of value was lost (3, Funny)

Reikk (534266) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255715)

Nobody blogs anymore. It's all about twitter

Re:... and nothing of value was lost (3, Insightful)

Gerzel (240421) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256309)

*Gasps!*

Next you'll tell me that most novels are started and never completed!

The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Funny)

eldavojohn (898314) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255717)

OMG I just got my new blog on blogspot, everyone I know is now reading hilarious stories about my cat. Yesterday, he threw up on my carpet and I spent four or five posts describing the *huck huck huck* noise he started making, the vomit on the carpet, removing the vomit, getting the stain out, you know just things people love to read about! Mr. Freckles was sick but he got better! Oh yes he did! Yesyesyesyes!

*one week later*

Oh, blogpost is so last week. It turns out only about one person was reading it but now you can see Mr. Freckles on Flickr! You can actually see the vomit and the piece of yarn covered in bile that Mr. Freckles produced! And we have pictures of Mr. Freckles at the vet getting his temperature taken! People LOVE IT!

*one week later*

Oh, Flickr isn't as great as Mr. Freckles thought. It turns out only about one person was looking at Mr. Freckles but that doesn't matter because I just figured out how to get my own podcast! Now people can hear my awesome squeaky super opinionated voice explain how cuddly wuddly my cat is! Who's more cuddly than Mr. Freckles? Nobody, that's who! Listen to Mr. Freckles complain about his ear infection!

*one week later*

I guess those five podcast downloads were really just me if you count my laptop/desktop/work computer/iPod/iPhone but that doesn't matter, Mr. Freckles is a movie star! We have our own YouTube channel and we get over 100 views a week! Mr. Freckles is friends with Play Him Off Cat too! We just wish they weren't from the same bad egg posting that "nobody wants to watch your fucking cat!" Well, I know the world loves Mr. Freckles almost as much as I do and you're going to hear about him. No matter where you live or what you do, I'm going to leave a bunch of accounts that are nothing but shells like a trail of used condoms behind a frat boy. And if you post painful anti-Mr. Freckles posts about me and Mr. Freckles, I shall only redouble my efforts. I will not stop until I find a way to bring Mr. Freckles' love to you!

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Insightful)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255759)

...and that's why I hope that the equally obnoxious twitter and social networking fads will die soon after.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Insightful)

Conspiracy_Of_Doves (236787) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255779)

They will. But they will be replaced with something even more inane and annoying.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

sunking2 (521698) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255823)

The only memory we'll have of them is our inability to form proper sentences and actually spell words with more than 2 letters.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28255849)

tl;dr

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28255865)

Slashdot idle?

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255973)

I'm trying very hard to imagine something more annoying than twitter and it's making my head hurt. I can only picture a guy actually following me around all day, tapping me on the shoulder and saying "Hey, hey, hey--pay attention to me!" 24-hours-a-day.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

orthancstone (665890) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256801)

I can only picture a guy actually following me around all day, tapping me on the shoulder and saying "Hey, hey, hey--pay attention to me!" 24-hours-a-day.

Yeah, the cable news networks get on my nerves too.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (2, Insightful)

david_thornley (598059) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256813)

Actually, I don't find Twitter annoying at all. About the same as TV commercials and rabid llamas, since I have about the same exposure to all three of them.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256911)

I guess you don't have kids? "Hey dad. dad? dad? dad - look at me! dad? dad? dad? ... dad? ... charlie and lola? dad? dad?" (repeat)

Hmmm a kid feed into twitter? Now that would be something.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

rjolley (1118681) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257023)

How can you find twitter so annoying when you obviously don't even use it?

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

atraintocry (1183485) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257025)

Slashcode?

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (2, Interesting)

$1uck (710826) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255871)

They won't... because hate them all you want they serve purpose. I don't understand all the hate for twitter, in fact I bet if the name was something else no one would have a problem with it. It fills an odd niche between email list and IM. Its a medium.. nothing more nothing less. Social networking sites well they keep people in touch. Your blog on what your dog ate? meh. no one cares.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (3, Insightful)

BumbaCLot (472046) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255961)

Don't you think the word blog is about as lame as tweet?

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Funny)

jason.sweet (1272826) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256639)

'Blog' is lame. 'Tweet' is gay. That is a big difference.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

mcpkaaos (449561) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256643)

At least "blog" is short for an actual term. "Tweet" is just stupid.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

rho (6063) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256699)

"Blog" is short for "weblog", which is not a word. Or it shouldn't be.

The damage done to the language is now irreparable. Enjoy your future Chinese classes, America!

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28255877)

Can anyone explain Twitter to me? For all my efforts to comprehend its allure, it still seems like a bunch of hobos talking to themselves while they ramble around a city.

"Ok, gonna take a crap behind this here dumpster..."

"Cop saw me, gotta run!"

"Lady gave me two dollars, gonna buy ripple"

(etc)

Seriously. What's the attraction? Why post one-line updates constantly? Wasn't annoying everyone with an end of the day blog entry enough?

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (2, Insightful)

Ethanol-fueled (1125189) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256455)

Heh, man. That's gotta be the best description of twitter that I've ever heard. +5.

The common theme of twitter, blogs, and social networking is that everybody's talking but nobody's listening.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (3, Interesting)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256763)

Can anyone explain Twitter to me?

I can tell you, at least, why it appeals to people of a certain political persuasion that will remain nameless: They can make short assertions that can not be challenged, plus it's easy to ignore anyone who disagrees with you. It lets them feel like their in a big tough gang without ever having to go out in public. All this while allowing them to believe that they're on the "cutting edge".

You think I'm kidding? check out the tag "#tcot".

Which reminds me of outgoing Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman (R), who last week stated that the "Key to Republican success lies in the ethernet". Twitter is made for a guy like him.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28257033)

They can make short assertions that can not be challenged, plus it's easy to ignore anyone who disagrees with you.

This is true of every political persuasion. The fact that you can't see it just means you are too deep in the other side to notice.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (5, Funny)

Intron (870560) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256771)

If only twitter were that good.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (2, Insightful)

bitrex (859228) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256971)

Social networking allows people to find each other to have sex, but is more customizable and doesn't have the overt nature of a dating site or a personal ad, which encourages women to use it. The first question on the mind of anyone thinking of creating or investing in a new social networking venture should be "How easy will this make it for people to find partners, without making it LOOK like they're really looking for sex?" The last point is critical in that if it is too overt, women won't use it, and then men won't use it, and it will die. If these websites help people find sex more easily than people could normally the sites, like ethanol, are fads which will not be going away anytime soon.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (2, Funny)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255843)

Are you trying to say that vomit is vomit, no matter what kind of massively hyped "new media" is used to deliver it? (BTW, what is the address for Mr. Freckles' twitter feed?)

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

ChefInnocent (667809) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256083)

<funny voice>Mr. Freckles needs a My Space page, and Okrut, and Face Book, and Yahoo! 360 accounts. Then Mr. Freckly Weckly will be known. It's finding the right audience, an 12 y.o.s is it!</funny voice>

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (4, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256223)

Well, that's the thing. Not the subject matter, but the quality of the writing itself. A good writer can keep your interest in a story about mowing the lawn, while a bad writer can make a murder boring.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (3, Funny)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256239)

Let me know when I can friend Mr. Freckles on Facebook.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (0, Offtopic)

SydShamino (547793) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256301)

And where's his Geocities page?

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

ChefInnocent (667809) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256847)

Geocities probably died before Mr. Freckles was born.

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (2, Funny)

Zigurd (3528) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256413)

What, you aren't MoVlogTweetStreaming yet? Are you, like, old?

Re:The Mysterious Reoccurrence of Mr. Freckles (1)

Chazerizer (934553) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256983)

Actually, I've seen this. Fortunately, it's in the guise of a running joke over at 8-Bit Theater about the weird shit Brian's cat Charlie eats: http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/16/what-youve-all-been-waiting-for/ [nuklearpower.com] . In all seriousness, it can be quite amusing when it shows up.

D'oh! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28255723)

Who would've thought that??

Sturgeon's Law in action. (3, Interesting)

Ungrounded Lightning (62228) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256487)

Who would've thought that?? ... besides Theodore Sturgeon and everybody who heard of his law.

(Reminds me of the classical music program host at UofMichigan's official radio station, decades ago, declaring the death of rock-n-roll because only something like 10% of all rock songs were new compositions that year - some decades into the rock music era. Was sorely tempted to call him up and demand he also declare the death of classical music, since 0% were new compositions. B-) )

Blogging is for FAGS (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28255805)

Blogging on a Mac is doubly so.

Blogs != Get Rich (3, Insightful)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255819)

I've had my own site since last millenium, primarily as a way to journal my family's life for myself and people in my extended family. It's been a great communication tool to keep up with everyone, and a huge time saver when it comes to sending individual e-mails to everyone.

It's also been a great historical record of when things happened. I'm embarrassed to say that I've checked my blog more than once to make sure I remembered my daughter's birthday right.

It was also a great way for everyone to stay in touch on 9/11. Two of my family were flying that day, and it was a central place where everyone could post their flight delays and locations.

Re:Blogs != Get Rich (1)

ickleberry (864871) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255931)

I'd say its fairly typical of most free online services how many inactive accounts do you think FB/Twitter/Flickr have? They probably don't publish this information because their shares would sink like a brick.

I know there are some very dedicated bloggers out there using blogspot and wordpress but most of the good blogs are on paid hosting (or better yet hosted at home), with their own domain and a customised theme. Its because these people actually give a crap about their blog. Most realise nobody reads their rants, don't put any effort into promoting the site and then give up. So nothing of value was lost, all the crap sinks to the bottom and anyone with a slight bit of interest keeps on blogging. Blogging is not for everyone, a lot of people don't have the patience for it. and there is nothing wrong with that

Re:Blogs != Get Rich (2, Insightful)

Haoie (1277294) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256067)

Like most all web 2.0 things, it doesn't make any moolah, blogging.

And no surprise is it? With all the topics covered from pointless to inane.

Re:Blogs != Get Rich (2, Interesting)

msimm (580077) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256475)

The thing I like about blogs is I always looked at them as a semi-anonymous public diary. I don't read them, but I did a project for about a year where I posted my thoughts, uncertainty and insecurity on my own sexuality. Some of the things I'm less proud of and a lot of the kinds of things I might not have shared with anyone. I tried to keep it as honest as I could and avoided being titillating or self-serving as well as I could.

The responses I got were mostly positive and intelligent and the whole thing surprised me a little bit. The internet provides an interesting abstraction for the intellect.

No dream (5, Interesting)

beefsprocket (1152865) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255837)

The dream is not dead, there never was one.. But what there is is a public, searchable record of things that people who have "abandoned" their blogs have magnanimously left online for all to search and see. As a system administrator, searching what Quenqua or Technorati deem abandoned has saved my ass more than a few times. Seems like a typical perspective on blogging that has been clouded by a few years of some major bloggers gaining commercial success. If you aren't a sell out, you aren't a blogger. No small timer's allowed. Come on, we don't all blog to get rich and famous, and I guess if that isn't in keeping with Technorati's business model (whatever that is) then bloggers are all failures in their eyes. I for one will keep searching and using blogs, however (in)frequently they might be updated.

Nothing interesting to say (4, Insightful)

AioKits (1235070) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255861)

I tried to keep a blog once, but I honestly had nothing interesting to say. Most the time it was just my idle thoughts, and even _I_ didn't care to read them having just thought them. What few blogs I do read tend to be research or tech blogs. Apparently the millions of monkeys at millions of keyboards do get bored eventually.

Most blogs abandoned? (5, Funny)

edittard (805475) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255867)

Only most? Well at least it's a start...

And nothing of value was lost (4, Insightful)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255873)

It was a peculiar form of narcissism that ever led people to think anyone gave a crap about their day-to-day lives in the first place. These are the same people who think I need to be updated every few seconds with a tweet detailing every single piece of inconsequential minutia from their lives.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (2, Interesting)

vertinox (846076) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255929)

It was a peculiar form of narcissism that ever led people to think anyone gave a crap about their day-to-day lives in the first place.

I dunno. It might not be interesting now, but someone in 100 or 500 years might be interested.

Suffice to say, at least the 21st century has opened made the whole process redundant so future historians won't to worry about a fire burning down the Great Library of Alexandria again.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1, Troll)

fulldecent (598482) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256171)

If by redundant, you mean hosted in a few google farms and susceptible to EMP, which is the most likely weapon of the next world war, then yes I agree it is redundant.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256821)

I read all the blogs of people I know, and I don't think that any of them are overly Narcissistic by posting a blog entry once or twice a week, they just want to reach out a little. Advertising on Craigslist for people to read your blog does seem over the line, but thats mainly because asking strangers specifically for attention denotes that you percieve yourself as deserving it. Just putting the blog into existence makes no unreasonable demand on the attention economy, and shouldn;t be percieved as a selfish sentiment.

Re:And nothing of value was lost (1)

atraintocry (1183485) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257063)

Agreed. And I'd add that karma whoring about how blogs can be narcissistic are is sort of like not seeing the forest for the trees.

And, after being featured on slashdot.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28255879)

, Things My Dog Ate, leading to some small advertising deals.

Some huge deals.

Spam Blogs never die (4, Interesting)

loftwyr (36717) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255891)

How many of those 50,000 were spammers throwing junk on blogspot or other sites to get pageviews for spamvertising? They'll continue to make tiny amounts of money for the spammer community forever!

Turns out.. (1, Insightful)

Eddy Luten (1166889) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255907)

..that people aren't as interesting as they think they are. *shocker!*

Journaling (5, Interesting)

prakslash (681585) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255911)

Scientists and psychologists have long proven that keeping a personal journal or diary to keep track of your accomplishments, failures, goals and dreams is a very beneficial.

So, blogging is still a good activity for people. Even if no one else reads their blogs.
As for the people who thought they could make a career out of it, well, they were just idiots.

Re:Journaling (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256503)

Scientists and psychologists have long proven that keeping a personal journal or diary to keep track of your accomplishments, failures, goals and dreams is a very beneficial.

Yes, "personal" being the keyword. Being able to speak to oneself bluntly is a good thing. Discussing with oneself how one failed and why, and what you've learned, and what you need to work on.

Plastering your personal journal out for everyone to read is narcissism, which is not a healthy goal. It's not much different than those people who appear on Steve Wilkos' show, arguing that "yes it is my baby" and having paternity tests that prove it is their best friend who really is the baby's father. It's lovely entertainment for voyeurs, enriches Steve and gives him something to do since he's quit Springer, but hardly therapeutic for those who entertain us.

Re:Journaling (3, Interesting)

Bigbutt (65939) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256505)

It's the same at work. I keep a log of what I do throughout the day and every week I update a database. Management asked for a weekly status report so I whipped up a php script that formats the weekly output into the form they expect to see. So I just copy and paste it into an e-mail and send it off.

It's been a great help, especially at the end of the year when they want justification to give you a 3% raise. Organize it into projects, summarise them, throw in a few highlights and they're very happy.

I've been told several times that I provide twice as much detail as anyone else in his group (he manages three groups of which, I'm a member of one of them).

Part of the reason though is that I was a consultant for many years. I also spent a couple of years telecommuting. So keeping detailed information on what I did kept them aware that I was a valuable member of the team.

[John]

You expected them to what ? (1)

loVolt (664437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255915)

As always , given the chance to "BLOG" for any real period of time , users will eventfully forget and abandon anything requiring more reading and typing then the 15 seconds it take to mix in the cream and sugar.. We have a "cooperate strategy" this year to update and maintain blogs, other then management's commitment to the work required ... lets just say that if it's not in the staffs department reviews..it's not getting done. *g* Frankly scarlet ...

Re:You expected them to what ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256009)

corporate not cooperate. Than not then. Moron.

Re:You expected them to what ? (1)

loVolt (664437) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257045)

if your going to correct get it right ..it is then

I hate the word "blog" (3, Insightful)

line-bundle (235965) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255925)

I think whoever thought the name up was a twit. The name sounds like someone barfing (which is what it usually is).

Don't get me started on twit^W tweet.

Re:I hate the word "blog" (1)

Vintermann (400722) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256099)

This is so true.

Don't get me started on "snowclone", which is just a fancy and incredibly stupid word for cliche.

Re:I hate the word "blog" (1)

piojo (995934) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256451)

on't get me started on "snowclone", which is just a fancy and incredibly stupid word for cliche.

A snowclone is to a cliche as a (bash) function is to an alias. (I'm sorry.)

Re:I hate the word "blog" (1)

Captain Sarcastic (109765) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256625)

A snowclone is to a cliche as a (bash) function is to an alias. (I'm sorry.)

No, the snowclone is the radiator cap needed for the Volkswagen Bug engine of a cliche.... Or was that the buggy whip for the dead horse? I forget...

Circle jerk (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28255941)

Technorati, Webby, blogs, twits, all one big circle jerk.

How many of those are spam blogs? (5, Insightful)

tcopeland (32225) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255953)

....that is, those autogenerated blogs on free sites that just contain a mishmash of keywords - or a bunch of stolen content. Those lie fallow because there's no real blogger behind them.

I used to blog technical stuff once or twice a week... now I twitter the little stuff and save blog entries for something more involved, like using setrlimit on Mac OS X [blogs.com] . Hard to boil that down to 140 characters... unless it's "setrlimit apparently not working, but the server's running Linux, so, meh".

We're not as important as we like to think (3, Insightful)

CannonballHead (842625) | more than 5 years ago | (#28255991)

It seems the ideas behind twitter, facebook, and blogs are "my thoughts are so important that I'm almost obligated to allow everyone else to read them." Or in twitter's case, "my stream of consciousness is so important [or insert "funny," "witty," "cool," or whatever] ..."

In my experience, while listening to people is definitely a Good Thing, I don't need to listen or read your every thought. For the most part, it gets fairly predictable after a few blog posts. And, frankly, for the most part, I don't really care. I don't care what someone's dog ate :)

The idea that my thoughts really SHOULD be read by other people seems to be an egotistical way to go about your life. And, incidentally, if most people have that attitude - which I think most do, it seems to be human nature to overinflate one's importance in one's own view - then reading other people's blogs won't be very consistent...

And of course, I'm posting this on slashdot because this comment is important and everyone should read it.... :P

Re:We're not as important as we like to think (1)

Sj0 (472011) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256513)

Why do you think you need to be important to have a blog?

I had a blog through college. It wasn't anything special, just my thoughts at various junctures.

If someone finds it and gets something out what I read, cool.
If someone finds it and thinks it's a waste of space, also cool.
If nobody finds it but me a ways down the road and I get to re-live my memories, cool.
The only thing that would suck if nobody, including me, ever finds it again. That's unlikely. In a few years I'm certain to check it out again.

Re:We're not as important as we like to think (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256987)

Why do you think you need to be important to have a blog?

He doesn't. He thinks you need to think that you are.

I had a blog through college.

Q.E.D.

They're all on Facebook now (4, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256029)

The people who have nothing to say are all on Facebook now. The remaining blogs are typically either from people who are serious writers, or those who simply need a place to post operational info like software updates.

And the, of course, there's Twitter.

Re:They're all on Facebook now (4, Interesting)

macemoneta (154740) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256507)

This is what I came here to say. I used to blog, mostly as a way of keeping in touch with friends and family that we aren't physically near. Some of them reciprocated with their own blogs.

Now, everyone that I used to interact with is on Facebook, so that's where I (and they) post. In addition, many of the blogs I might have followed (e.g. celebrities, causes, technology, entertainment) are now on Facebook as well.

It's not that blogs have gone away, it's that they and their audiences have transitioned to social networking.

When the "next big thing" comes along - like Google Wave - people will be lamenting that social networking has gone away. Change happens, and communications improves. It doesn't go away, it gets better.

Re:They're all on Facebook now (1)

datababe72 (244918) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256511)

This isn't really true. The parenting-blogosphere is alive and well. I think it is because parents find it helpful to have a place to share their impressions of parenthood, stories about their kids, and other random things. People self-select into little communities based on their parenting styles, their kids' traits, and other things, but not necessarily geography. I have "friends" who live on the other side of the country or even in different countries. We may never meet, but we have enough in common that we keep up with each others' blogs, posting supportive comments and benefiting from finding other parents like ourselves.

A lot of the people keep their blogs anonymous but have Facebook accounts linked to their real names. The anonymity (or pseudo-anonymity) of the blog makes it possible to share things you'd never put on Facebook.

A lot of us also post things we've learned that might be helpful to others. In my case, this is mostly about being a working mother. Some of those posts get found fairly frequently via searches, and that makes me happy. Why should we all have to learn everything the hard way? I don't really see using Facebook in that way. Also, even if I abandon my blog, those old posts might be useful to someone- I don't necessarily consider abandoned content to be "dead" content. Some of it is. But some of it will live on due to its utility.

There are parenting bloggers who are professional writers, and there are some who make money from their blogs. Personally, I have never really tried to make money from my blog, and I don't intend to start. That's not why I blog. It is just a hobby.

I seriously doubt that the parenting blogosphere is the only community of its kind. I suspect their are other blog communities with a similar make up of "pros" and "amateurs" out there.

Things his dog ate?! (1)

Vintermann (400722) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256045)

The last post I made on my blog looked like this:

http://vintermann.paranoidkoala.org/archives/000108.html [paranoidkoala.org]

I am undoubtedly one of these dead bloggers. But somehow don't feel bad about making posts like this once a year, when looking at the site of the guy who's posting every day about what his dog eats!

Re:Things his dog ate?! (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256271)

I think the dog guy pales in comparison to Youtube 'vloggers' (yes, I hate that portmanteau too), like the guy who's posted literally hundreds of videos of himself smoking, or the girl who just sits there at a Myspace angle, staring at the camera.

Re:Things his dog ate?! (2, Funny)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257031)

I am undoubtedly one of these dead bloggers.

When you came in here, did you see a sign that said "dead blogger storage"?

Classes (1)

jgtg32a (1173373) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256057)

During my time in college I was required to make one in at least 8 classes, I suppose I could have argued and said I already had one but when it came down to it, I didn't care so I just did a new one. Hell those assignment were basically free points but I don't think I ever got full marks on them.

Blog Business Model (4, Interesting)

actionbastard (1206160) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256113)

1. Start a blog.
2. Start blogging.
3. ?
There is no four. I quit.

All Newspapers Soon Outdated (4, Insightful)

multisync (218450) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256117)

According to a recent survey, 0 editions of the NY Times have been updated in the last 120 days, meaning that 100 percent have essentially been abandoned, left to lie fallow in landfills, recycling plants and at the bottom of bird cages.

10 or so of them are mine (4, Funny)

dank zappingly (975064) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256125)

Every now and again I create blogs with my name prominently featured to throw the man off when he tries to google me.

Re:10 or so of them are mine (2, Funny)

serutan (259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256839)

Ahhh, so YOU'RE Rusty Shackleford.

Or... (1)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256219)

some people post less often than 120 days. I started mine to let my family know how I was doing in Iraq and posted once in a while to let them know I was OK. Now I post various updates to my life, book reviews, or anything else I feel like. Surprisingly, some people in my and my wife's family actively read and await the next post. I have a friend who sometimes posts less often than 120 days, but I wouldn't call his abandoned either.

Slashdot post from the Future (1)

starglider29a (719559) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256231)

2102 morf tsop toDhsalS

NY Times that according to a 2012 survey only 7.4 million out of the 133 million FaceBook Pages had been updated in the past 120 days

6102 morf tsop toDhsalS

NY Times that according to a 2016 survey only 7.4 million out of the 133 million Slashdot Users use Tachyons to revise old posts in the past 120 days

9102 morf tsop toDhsalS

Ridley Scott releases BladeRunner Penultimate Edition, with "prophetically accurate" vision of 2109

Re:Slashdot post from the Future (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256359)

Must use tachyons to correct 2019 typo on previous post...

And how many of those... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256375)

...were abandoned due to the blogger dying?

And how many were abandoned due to them dying from performing sexual acts involving long objects?

Me!!! (1)

BigBlueOx (1201587) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256393)

Blogs don't cut it. Twitter is for imBESils. I write down all my random, meaningless thoughts on Slashdot!!

Hey! Is anybody reading this??

Re:Me!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256727)

Hey hey! You too?

I also use it to store private data in ROT13
gur zna oruvaq gur tenffl xabyy jnf nor yvapbya.
Nobody will ever get that!

Re:Me!!! (1)

tekiegreg (674773) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257053)

Sorry for the terminally lazy out there I have to do this:

the man behind the grassy knoll was abe lincoln

Fallow but not useless... (2, Insightful)

MikeURL (890801) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256431)

The power of modern search engines makes all those dormant blogs searchable for obscure bits of data. Many is the time I've had a question about some ridiculously obscure thing and I can find an answer (or at least a lead) in an old blog somewhere that the person long since forgot.

Nobody cares what you think (1)

EkriirkE (1075937) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256437)

I only signed up for those blog things to try and improve my SEO, nothing more... For whatever reason Google likes to rank them higher

I abandoned mine... (1)

rickb928 (945187) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256447)

It sucked.

The other one sucked too. Even I didn't read it.

And the other one sucks, but I don't add to it, so I don't bother.

Yours pretty much sucks also. Just sayin'...

2 abandoned mines? (1)

brentonboy (1067468) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256739)

3 abandoned mines? 4?

Does it matter? (4, Insightful)

weave (48069) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256515)

I usually blog about technical things that I think might help people out. I don't care if I'm famous, and I leave personal stuff to Facebook where friends and family that might care can read it.

My blog gets about 50-75 hits a day, all from search engines searching for items I write about. Of course they aren't going to come back and read me every day, and that's not why I write it. I do it mainly to give back a little, since I've been helped so often from googling (er, I mean blinging) for info whenever I get into a jam.

And I'm not even going to link to my blog from here just to prove I'm not an attention whore!

I should blog about this (1)

serutan (259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256619)

Now if I can just remember how to get to my blog...

Re:I should blog about this (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256803)

Now if I can just remember how to get to my blog...

Not to mention the username and password.

Wow, you mean fads burn out? (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256665)

Who would have thought.

Re:Wow, you mean fads burn out? (1)

sizzzzlerz (714878) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256881)

exactly. Blogs are the 21st century equivalent to the CB craze in the 70's. Everybody had to have one but they soon found out any conversations were stupid and boring.

in related news... (1)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256729)

Most Obvious Stories are Obvious, Full Story at 11!

face*, twitter are next (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 5 years ago | (#28256769)

all this "social" crap will be gone in a few years.

No big surprise there. (1)

sizzzzlerz (714878) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256773)

Most people are unable to carry on a good conversation for 15 minutes. Writing and being interesting for days on end is even more difficult and, no, I don't find reading about what you did yesterday to be interesting.

Praise jesus! (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256783)

Most Blogs Now Abandoned

Thank god.

Heck, my site makes more than that each month (2, Interesting)

serutan (259622) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256817)

Maybe he's doing it wrong. My site http://www.geekazon.com/ [geekazon.com] which mostly documents a big home renovation project, consistently brings in about $30/month from Google ads. Pays for my DSL line it does. I started the site mainly to keep distant relatives informed about the remodel. I have only updated it a few times in the past 5 years and have done nothing to promote it, but it's usually the top Google result for "lifting a house".

Re:Heck, my site makes more than that each month (1)

lwsimon (724555) | more than 5 years ago | (#28256955)

How many hits / month do you get?

Well I blog Still... (1)

tekiegreg (674773) | more than 5 years ago | (#28257013)

My site stats are crap, but there is a small audience. It's about the love more than anything though. As well a way to keep those who care in touch. Yes my ads have earned me a whole zero dollars but I sill hold out hope :-) and Amazon integrates well with my blog anyways.
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