January 24, 2008

Anyone else notice?

Am I the only one who sees a kind of general growing disinterest in blogs, er, ThunderJounals?

I'm not talking about myself. I'll keep ThunderJournaling until the Reaper lays me low, if for no other reason but because I like having a journal and, as a writer, it's just good practice to have something like this to sharpen my craft.

I'm talking more generally. Like, Fark seems less lively somehow, and some of the usual sites that seemed like they were poised to take over the world two years or so ago just strike me as quiet nowadays, by comparison.

I don't know, it could just be the general "blah" feeling of January and February. Maybe I'M not taking other sites as seriously any more.

Did I mention it was -15 (-34 with wind chill) on the way into work today? This has been one brutal, mean-assed winter, and there's still A LOT to go.

Posted by Ryan at January 24, 2008 02:04 PM | TrackBack

i think there is an ebb and flow of readership, and there are other formats of information/communication that have emerged recently that people seem to be really into right now (facebook). i think those of us who are journalers will always read and write blogs, but for those who aren't, they tend to shift over to whatever the new format is after a while. however, my own blog has more readers than ever right now, i think, but i have no idea what to attribute that to other than longevity.

Posted by: amy.leblanc at January 24, 2008 03:13 PM

I toggled around with Facebook and MySpace, but the appeal completely eluded me. Darn kids. Get off my lawn!

Posted by: Ryan at January 24, 2008 03:28 PM

I agree with you, Ryan. Maybe its just the winter doldrums or whatever but it does feel like blogs in general are losing their luster (whatever luster they had).

I find myself struggling to find posts alot more often now. Partially because I get tired of being annoyed about the same things and having no means to actually change them and partially because I'm just bored in general.

And its rare for me to come across a new blog that I actually want to keep reading.

Posted by: Erik at January 25, 2008 12:03 PM

Erik, in a way, it's kind of nice, in that it's like a return to the old days of 2002 when there wasn't as much hype and it was more like a general conversation than a shouting match. Still, I hope blogging doesn't burn out entirely. That would bum me out.

Posted by: Ryan at January 25, 2008 12:13 PM

We are all still here, we just don't have anything much to say.
Still read you every day though, and lost the link to Joshua, (email it to me if you get a chance plz), and you and Caroline just kill me!

Posted by: donna at January 25, 2008 06:28 PM

Donna, one of the ongoing jokes between Caroline and myself is, if we were to do a morning radio show, you'd be our only caller. This world needs more Donnas.

Posted by: Ryan at January 28, 2008 09:08 AM
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