I had to laugh when I read a tech article on the New York Times called Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest. The “meat” of the article — if you could say there is any — is this:
Getting started is easy, since all it takes to maintain a blog is a little time and inspiration. So why do blogs have a higher failure rate than restaurants?
According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled.
First of all, it is really a dumb article. People talk about hoping to get book deals, making thousands of dollars a month as a blogger, and other ridiculous things. Yes, it might happen for some people, but it doesn’t happen for many. Anyone who would become a blogger just to get rich is delusional, I think!
But I am the owner of some of those abandoned blogs, and I am here to defend them and, by extension, myself. I have some blogs that were set up for particular classes I was teaching. Once the course ends, the blog is abandoned. Was it because I was disillusioned? No! It was because I moved on to the next one. I have other blogs that were started for a variety of short-term purposes and were abandoned after that purpose was fulfilled. I may have stopped using the blogs, but I have not stopped blogging!
I know it would be almost impossible to track who gives up on blogging and who stops using a particular blogs but moves on to others. But it would be a lot more interesting than an article like the one the NYT had. More real, too!