A local blogger threw in the towel this week. Jim Connor pulled the plug on his “On the Porch” site and pulled all content off the servers at WordPress.Com.
I emailed Jim when the RSS feed from his blog stopped working on Muse’s homepage. No response. Fred First of Fragments from Floyd says Jim told him that he was tired of doing it and didn’t feel he was getting enough reader response.
Too bad. Jim is a good storyteller and had some fascinating tales to pass on. He had moved more and more into political commentary in recent weeks and, as one who runs a political web site, I can say with some authority that political sites are in a state of malaise.
Blogs come and go on the Internet. Technorati once estimated that 175,00 new blogs are created each day and probably just as many go into the graveyard of broken blog dreams. Others have moved to Twitter and Facebook.
A study by Technorati says only about 7.4 million blogs (out of more than 150 million) have been updated in the past 120 days — about seven percent. Richard Jalichandra, Technorati’s boss, says only 50,000 or so blogs generate the most page views.
“There’s a joke within the blogging community that most blogs have an audience of one,” Jalichandra told the New York Times.
Those who start blogs quickly find that writing something new on a regular basis and keeping the site up to date is hard work.
Among local bloggers, Colleen Redman is easily the most prolific with daily posts and many comments. First, the dean of local bloggers usually updates on a daily basis. David St. Lawrence’s most recent post was 10 days ago and Scott Perry’s most recent entry was March 10.
Blue Ridge Muse is more of a new site than blog and I try to keep it updated daily but miss a day or two now and then. My motorcycle blog, Road Kill Dairies, is way out of date and needs new material. The same goes for American Newsreel, which needs shock treatement.
When a blog does dormant, some just let the blogs die and remain online until the web hosting contract runs out and the domain name expires. Others, like Jim, pull everything off and disappear into the byte bin of cyberspace.
Life goes on. Blogs often do not.