A Reflection On The State Of The Blogosphere, With Gratuitious Pictures So You Might Read It

Gratuitous hot boys to get your attention.
I undertook a somewhat depressing task last night.  I deleted dead links from my blog roll.  How sad to see so many blogs I love either dormant, or just gone. I decided that I was going to retain links to blogs I like that haven't updated in ages in the vain hope that someday they will revive.  Best example is the DreamBoats blog,  which was great, not because of the beautiful pictures posted there, but because of the funny and creative approach it's creator took to the subject of beautiful boys in the media.  Not a day goes by when I don't mourn the lose of that site. 

It's bad enough when a favored blog disappears without warning- "Loco Luke,"  where are you and your Luscious Lads?-  but it seems even worse when a blog's title and URL is usurped  by some outside force.  F**K, I Love You was a lovely, funny, real account of one persons life, and now it is nothing more than a standard issue porn spam trap.  Finally removing that link actually made me cry. 

Is the traditional blog dead?  Have people's attention spans degenerated to the point that only the low maintenance, quick fix joys of Tumblr will do?  I post to a Tumblr blog almost every day.  I don't really get anything from it, certainly not a sense of accomplishment or achievement.  I sometimes do with this blog, very occasionally, but only when I accept the fact that I won't necessarily receive feedback, or praise, or anything at all except perhaps some pride in a job well done. It's usually the blog entries into which I have put the most effort that get the least feedback, and lowest traffic.  It's a fact.  I have a small group of readers who do take the time, not every day, but now and again, to tell me what they are thinking, or acknowledge a post they enjoyed, or even to reassure me when I am most obviously need of a boost.  They know who they are, and I love them,  I really do.  But sometimes when you see that thousands of people have visited your site on any given day, and most don't bother to say a thing, good, bad, or indifferent,  it's hard not to feel like it's all a huge waste of time.  I'm not threatening to close down this site, I'm not, but I am saying that there are days, and weeks, and months when it's easy to ask, "Why bother?"  

Some blogs disappear because the powers that be somewhere simply decided to shut them down for some reason.  Please check out this site  to find out more about "disappeared" sites.  When that happens it is truly infuriating, like helplessly witnessing an act of murder.  But those blog owners can, and often do, live on to fight another day.  The worst thing is when a blog owner lets "Why bother?" become "To Hell with it" and closes their blog. It breaks my heart.  It makes me wish I were a better audience.


Pitbullshark said…
Everything you are saying here is so true. I have over the years had three different blogs, NOT pictorial ones, but pure written ones. When I had my first one (on Diaryland), there was a whole community of people not only writing comments about the entires, but carrying on whole written conversations. It was amazing to be able to write whatever I wanted about what was really going on in my life and have people responding, relating, and discussing, because no one who knew me in real life could connect those blogs to me--it was total freedom, and like having free therapy.

After several years of this, people started to drift away to other venues and so Diaryland more or less "died" (although I think it still does operate), so I moved over to Blogger, where I still am. But the discussions were virtually non-existent on Blogger, and worse, there weren't even very many comments. I might get one comment on every ten entries. Of course, since I wasn't posting photos, you can hardly imagine why I had any viewers at all. And to me, "comments" equals "readers", so in my mind, I actually DO have none. Which kills the motivation to keep writing, so the frequency of my entries have spiraled down to almost "none". I mean really, what's the point! So you can imaging my shock when just for fun the other day I checked out my "stats" and saw that over the lifetime of that particular blog, I have had something like 28,000 hits! Of course, "hit" really does describe it, as I imagine that 27,950 of them were people clicking on it, not seeing any photos, and then skittering away like cockroaches. But STILL, to have that much traffic if even for a second, there are people out there who must be looking for SOMETHING.

Another one was MySpace (where I actually did BLOG!), but almost everyone else simply posted photos, or did nothing, and then drifted over to Facebook, which now is essentially nothing but a photo-sharing site, and apparently being slowly replaced by Instagram, Pinterest, etc. So we're just going to become a totally visual society and the English language will turn into a kind of "pidgin". (That's how one gets enfolded into the "Matrix", I suppose.)

While I love seeing pictures on Tumblr, I have no real love for Tumblr simply because I am one who does like to leave comments from time to time and I don't even know how on Tumblr, or see that if people do, it is nothing but so and so "Liked this" or else "reblogged this". I'm somehow out of that, like that is where I stop in the movement of the culture, similar to my not having a "tablet", which for the life of me, I can't imagine what I would do with it. I do have an iPhone, but in a way, it was kind of a waste of money for me. By the time the "future" becomes "totally mobile". I guess I will rocking on a porch while my denture soak in a glass.
bufs said…
Hopefully at least some of these blogs simply succumb to their owner's changing interests, lack of time, etc. But all too many, I'm sure, fall prey to disinterest, or at least seeming disinterest.

Every time I visit this joyous blog and rediscover its excellence, I am ashamed that I don't visit (and, hence, comment) more often. Sure, I'm crazy busy (in addition to just generally crazy) but that's just an excuse. I always enjoy the hell out this place, so fair warning ... I'm going to do better.

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