Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Blog Blues

"So why do blogs have a higher rate of failure than restaurants?...Not all fallow blogs die from lack of reader interest. Some bloggers find themselves too busy..."

Douglas Quenqua, "Blogs Falling In an Empty Forest," The New York Times, June 7, 2009

Somewhere I read that the average life of a blog is 18 months. I'm closing in on the average and feel the fatigue of casting off postings five times a week. Would more responses help? Maybe. Now it's more of an existential marathon whose destination remains a bit unclear.

At the same time it's addictive. Having one thought a day always seemed a simple, attainable goal. Now the pressure of having one lonely thought a day sometimes seems overwhelming. Not surprisingly, my postings are a bit shorter than at the beginning, more half thoughts, suggestive arguments, as if I'm conserving my limited cognitive fuel.

As for audience, I've survived the "empty forest," crazy,wierd comments, helpful clarifications, and the mysterious "long tail" of postings. Now I think of the blog as a diary of sorts that will come in handy down the line. But for what? I try not to get too hung up on fundemental questions.

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