Monday, 14 January 2008
Blog on Last Legs
In my short blogging career, this blog has had 2 holidays, one death and one miraculous resurrection but the final bell is tolling now and will continue to toll until the end of January. Then, unless I can see some improvement in traffic, the blog will die its final death.
Continued blogging at current levels is pointless. Whilst I appreciate those who do call regularly, with traffic at less than 10 visitors a day, I'm virtually blogging into an empty and unresponsive space. I doubt many could continue long under those circumstances and I can't. In one sense blogging is lonely because each of us sits alone to type but blogging is also a shared experience of reading and commenting and being read and commented upon. I have found blogging to have been predominantly a lonely experience and, therefore, one I am unable to continue.
This may seem like a side swipe at those who do not visit but it is not. CalumCarr's Take, regardless of its inherent quality - if there be any quality - does not appeal to nearly enough readers to make blogging worthwhile. That's the bottom line. As with a business with few customers, a blog with few readers will fold.
The blog holidays arose because I couldn't devote the time to produce a blog I was happy with. That is not an excuse I can use this time: I'm not writing this under the stress of our home life, I'm devoting the time, I'm happy with the blog but the blog is not attractive to readers. There's nothing else I can do.
The following sentence I wrote in May last year: "I was hesitant about posting today because I didn’t want the post to be seen as an attempt to extract kind words and support. " I feel this today too. This isn't a trick. I'm blogging about how I feel. Really I feel like finishing up now. I would finish up now except I have two more posts in my head and just in case traffic picks up with the New Year some distance away.
The key question is, "Will the life support machine be switched off in 2 weeks?"