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October 28, 2005

Do I care?

I noticed one interesting phenomenon with most of the bloggers that I read more or less regularly, that started around the time that I did (i.e. about three years ago), and that seem to be more like human beings writing about their lives than robots churning out multiple messages on a regular basis: most of them are currently going through a period of not posting anything.

I'm not using this as an excuse for my own prolonged absence. This October really seems to be a bad month for most bloggers. In my case work at the office has so dried out my brain that I simply can't think of anything to blog about, and any ideas that I have seem to be gone as soon as I want to write them down.

I also read fewer and fewer other blogs, which, I guess, leads to getting fewer and fewer ideas to write about. Add to that that I don't seem to care about my reader statistics anymore. I checked them for the first time in ages today and noticed that I lost at least half my readers during the past 20 weeks. Do I care? Yes and no. After three years of blogging, there seem to be more important things, but I still don't seem to be able to let go of this completely.

They say that in human relationships all of the euphoria hormones are gone after about three years. I wonder if this also applies to weblogs, readers and writers alike. When does your writing output fall back to a normal level, when does your everyday life again assume total priority over your writing, like when was the point when would you actually stop writing in the middle of a weblog posting to get out the vacuum cleaner and hoover under the writing desk to get rid of the totally disgusting stuff under there, like I just did before I wrote this very sentence?

I wonder what all the other weblog absences are about. Like, how many who were part of the hype are on to the Next Big Thing, how many just ran out of fuel, how many are so inundated in their work that they have other things to do? At any rate, it looks as if things are somehow slowly returning back to normal.

Posted by Horst on October 28, 2005 11:41 AM to metablogging | Tell-a-friend
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mig said on October 31, 2005 08:18 PM:

I would have commented earlier but I haven't read any blogs for a week. My excuse is that I have been very swamped with work the past 3-4 weeks, interspersed with a short vacation, various holidays, family commitments and intermittent periods of disinterest in blogging, or anything else for that matter. For example, just a few minutes ago, I was escorting 5 eight-year old girls dressed as witches around our village as they extorted sweets from the neighbors; after which I DJed their party in the cellar (heavy on the Shakira). My blogging has always gone through cycles of posting frequency.

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