Wednesday, February 20, 2013

cave drawings

I miss the old ways. Even though I have become as guilty of neglect as anybody, I still lament the shrinking of the blogosphere. At its zenith, it was a lively place, populated with people who shared big ideas, obscure playlists and cat memes. Bloggers took the time to write measured arguments, vitriolic rants and wry observations, and they took the time to read those of others and to join in the ongoing conversation. Relationships built through the online word were taken offline and flourished in real life.

The blogosphere, though, has become diluted with niche communities, and obviously there is an appetite for that, especially those communities that can be tended instantaneously, while waiting for your grande no foam or riding the bus. It's hard to write a tome on your smart phone. 

But, it's also hard to write in a vacuum. Much as we tell ourselves (okay, much as I tell myself) that we write out of the sheer need to write, or to document a moment, or to sort out some half-realized theories, when we release the words into the ether and they languish there, unanswered, it's hard not to get nostalgic for the days when real conversations happened. 

I don't blog as much as I used to, nor do I visit as many blogs as I once did. I tell myself it's because I now spend so much of my day writing that I have little left to shout into the ether, but that's not strictly true. In reality, my blog roll is becoming depopulated. Former amazing bloggers, whose posts I always looked forward to reading, are abandoning those once flourishing sites in droves. I miss their words.

15 comments:

Allison said...

I've been thinking of coming back to blogging, or at least trying to figure out what to do with my defunct page.

Yet, I'm not sure if there is anyone still around to it the words.

I miss its peak, too.

jim dandy said...

Sad but true. I also am guilty of abandoning my writing. As much as I hate it, I get my quick fix from facebook "headlines" instead of getting fulfillment of reading actual stories. I was happier before the internet happened all together. That's when I had to research and read and seek out new music to enjoy. I rarely appreciate new music anymore knowing how easy it is for anyone anywhere to find it.
I have no internet or cable TV in my home. My only access is at work. I like being a techno-hermit. It gives me time to slow down and enjoy all that music that was cool before the World Wide Web of convenience.
(If there was a like button on this blog...I probably wouldn't have written all these words. haha)Cheers from Maine!

Karen said...

Like AOL and MySpace, blogging seems to be disappearing. I'm glad you wrote this post - you've expressed what I've been feeling for a while.

SkylersDad said...

Yes indeed. I find myself posting mostly senseless junk just to try and keep my own little space alive.

Eugene Knapik said...

I don't know about this blogging peak. My blog has pretty much held steady since the early days on Blogger. Yes it's true that many bloggers have abandoned ship and that's OK. I have found that I'm clearer these days about the things I blog about, and I'm not so concerned about the size of my audience or the fact that my blog gets a relatively small number of comments along the way. It would be nice to have a bigger readership, but I have the best readership and that is even better. I like having that little place in cyberspace that is mine and I like sharing it. I also enjoy the discipline of posting regularly.

If blogs are a less popular form now than before, I think that just makes it a more interesting space. Like accordion and banjo playing, it's what all the cool people do, right?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You really should come back, Al. You write such wonderfully evocative posts. We can start a new society!

hahaha touche, Jim! The old like button - the death of conversation. I love how you can keep the techno-hermit dichotomy in your world, best of both, really.

It's frustrating, Karen, but I hate to give up. You are all such great writers and I love reading your posts.

It's important to keep the space alive, Skyler's Dad! I am going to add you to my blog roll and come over to make sure you keep posting.

You can't help being cool, Eugene! You are the accordion of the blogosphere. I applaud you for having such a great focus on your blog, too.

John Mutford said...

Lately, I've been too exhausted to write/ read blogs as often as I'd like, and when I do write one, my posts fill rushed, slapped together. Still I've gone through such times before, and I don't plan on abandoning it any time soon.

I'm glad you're still here!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And I am glad that you are still here as well, John. In fact, yours continues to be one of the more regular blogs to post. Your posts may feel rushed to you, but they always make me chuckle.

Lesley said...

I don't write like I used to, but I'm not 26 anymore, either. Which is what I attributed my high-posting era to. Age. I have less to say and more to think about now, I guess.
That said, I refuse to go away completely as of now. :)

Toccata said...

Like Allison, I have been thinking of making a return to blogging. Oh what the heck I will post my draft that I wrote at Christmas. If nothing else it sort of explains my absence over Christmas.

I would love for Allison to return. Allison, I still remember your post about finding things in used books.

Toccata said...

I did it I am back.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You must be doing something right, Lesley. As I age, I seem to have less to say, but I say it anyway. Really glad you are sticking around!

Yay, Toccata! I'm so glad to hear you are returning! Can't wait to read your post (and solve the Christmas mystery).

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Right after you open your blog to the public, that is, Toccata...

Toccata said...

Oops. I think it's all set now but blogger has changed while I was away and I can't navigate my way around my own bloody blog!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I still can't access it, Toccata. Maybe I should try a direct link instead of through your profile?