Thursday, December 09, 2010

On Longevity (or Lack Thereof) in the Blogosphere

So you know how I have that cool little tool on here below each post where it presumptuously proclaims "Read more of me! You know you want to!"  "You might also like" with a link to 3 of my past blog posts?

Well, for shits and giggles, I was just clicking around (...so not only do I HAVE a blog, but yes, I just admitted to clicking around on my OWN blog - could I BE any more of a narcissist???) and somehow got to this post.  From May 2008.  2-1/2 years ago.

Which?  Awwww...cute little Eldest.

And then I noticed the comments.  21 of them.   (Looking back, in 2008, I probably averaged about 10-15 comments per post.)

(Which was the pre-smartphone days when, you know, people actually commented from a desktop or laptop.)

So I studied those comments.

Out of the 20 I received (one was the same person commenting twice), get this:

12 ARE NO LONGER BLOGGING ANYMORE.

That's more than half.  60%!  Gone.  Done.  With urls collecting cobwebs.

Another one went private (so I don't know her status).

Only 7 that I know of are still active bloggers.  And I'm being generous using the word "active".

Crazy, right?

(Or notsomuch?)

Your thoughts?

13 comments:

Venassa said...

I've notice a lot of bloggers that have quit lately. A lot of my favorites from when I first started blogging. It makes me sad.

Katrina said...

Ok I'm a lurker coming out of the corners for a minute to leave a comment! I've been reading your blog off and on for a few years. I also have 3 boys and reading your real life stories has made me feel sane. I read a few different blogs and am always so impressed with the way you "bloggers" a) find the time to blog. b)are able to share yourselves with the public and (whether you ever know it or not) have a positive influence. Even if it's just by showing a cute video of your sons singing which ends up with them wrestling on the floor. It helps for those of us out there going through the exact same thing. It lets us know that we're not alone and everyone is basically going through the same types of things.
C) I'm also so impressed by/jealous of the little community that "bloggers" seem to have formed. We all know that being a mom can sometimes be a lonely job, so to see that friendships can be formed through blogging is fantastic.
All of those things have inspired me to try to start a blog twice, but I just couldn't cut it. I couldn't seem to find the time to put together a thought that might be somewhat coherent. I think that,even though my friends IRL might disagree with me, when it comes down to it I'm a shy person. I'm particular about what info I'm willing to share with people. Kind of like Marty McFly in Back to the Future, I just don't think I can handle the rejection, of people not liking my blog lol. That's why I'm also always so hesitant to leave comments. I'm afraid that since I don't have my own blog and am not part of the community then people will be like who the hell are you and why are you commenting on my blog!
Ok so what this all has to do with your post today is that I think blogging is hard work. Only a few are really cut out for it and I think you're one of them.
Ok I think I've said everything I wanted to. Now I'm off to hit publish your comment and feel self conscious about leaving a comment.

Classy Fab Sarah said...

It does seem like the turnover rate is high. So many people I "know" just drop off the planet one day. Weird.

chrissyrudd said...

Yep, I had to rotate my blog list because people went away. I went away for a little while because of my classes. Sometimes I feel like I have nothing to say that anyone wants to read, and I don't feel like writing for myself. I still enjoy blogging, and reading others. Or maybe it's a fad? Ever went out and looked at the amount of active blogs over the years? Are we declining? Don't go anywhere, your's is great!

Dysfunctional Mom said...

I was cleaning out my reader the other night and noticed that so many people have stopped blogging completely. A lot of my first, dear bloggy friends don't blog any more. It seems like those of us who have been around for a while (for me, 3 years) are the exception. Most people don't stick with it.
It's kind of a bummer. You get to know these people, and then they just drift away.

Cheri said...

I don't know officially, but have noticed over the last year a lot of "I'm taking a break because this bloggy thing is stressing me out/taking over my life/my mind is blank"....posts.

I have always ever just blogged for me, first and foremost. So I can have a diary since I never got into scrap booking and prefer typing over actual writing.

Is it because of the "burden" these gals put on themselves? I guess a benefit of having a tiny readership is - no burden. lol

Jules said...

I am not a blogger but I am an avid reader...does that count?

Maureen said...

I agree with the comments here, and I also think there are so many more blogs out there now then there were in 2008.

I certainly hope you don't go anywhere!

Kim - Mommycosm said...

Surprised I didn't comment on that one. I've been reading since back then. I'm still here :)

anne nahm said...

On the other hand it is kind of cool - you can be a freaking pillar in the blogging world practically by keeping a blog for two+ years. Is like immortality in webz time.

Of course, all the new bloggers come by and ask why you are wearing a toga and hosting your blog from a pantheon.

Rebecca Jill said...

Even though I tried to start writing a blog, I'm a blog reader and not a blog writer, but the first blog I ever read is no longer in existence.

However, it was from that blog that I found yours and others I currently read, but some of those no longer blog, either.

And I now read a whole lot of blogs, so I don't really comment as often as I did when I only read a few. I still really enjoy yours, even though I hardly ever comment.

And I'm in my mid-30s, single and never married. And your household stories have not scared me away. I love them!

Kristina said...

Yes, it's true there are a lot of bloggers who ceased to marvel us with their posts. Sometimes life catches up and there are so many practical things to attend to. =(

amelie522 said...

I think it's incredibly difficult to stay engaged in the blogging world; especially when you're not getting the comments or feedback you thought you'd be getting, by some timeframe you assumed would be when your blog would "blow up". And it takes hard work, dedication, and some serious perseverance. It's not for everyone! Unfortunately, people have this perception of blogging, that anyone can just become a big name blogger in no time at all. Which is SO not true! And while you may be an amazing writer, there are 46754 other amazing blog writers out there, busting their asses to get the same thing you want: a successful blog! If you don't do it because you love it, because you love the people you've found, the conferences and meet-ups and all the good stuff, you won't last. Because the only way to find success is to do something because you love it, because without it you don't feel like yourself, you don't feel alive.

Okay, random rant over! Did I even answer the original question? I'm too freakin' pregnant for this.

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