January 20, 2005

Was it just a craze?

Query: Has blogging stayed as popular as it was last term?

I know many people who were frequent bloggers during term 1, and i'd like to think of myself as one of them. But it seems that they all, and i definately can include myself here, have almost stopped completely.

Was it just another craze, on par with yo-yos or (the dreaded) pokemon cards?

Now, i can't back up these thoughts, but has this trend been repeated elsewhere? What are the figures about blogging? Number of blogs, number of posts, frequency and so forth.

Maybe then I, and others, may be able to decide.


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  1. Me too Not sure why…Ive began to keep a journal as my new years resolution – I think partially I used the blog as a loose journnal and maybe thats why i dont use it as much now.

    20 Jan 2005, 18:11

  2. I think this term so far has been dominated by the "Powerbloggers". Not as in the majority of entries have been made by them, but by the concentration of comments they hold. The minority hold the majority of Comments. Now that sounds familiar… We evidently have a capitalist blog system!

    20 Jan 2005, 19:20

  3. As you say, it would be great to have some statistics about the current system.

    I suppose reasons why people stop blogging include:
    – Loss of novelty value
    – Boredom
    – Lack of topics to write about
    – Lack of feedback from readers
    – Failure to determine whether anyone is reading at all

    20 Jan 2005, 20:14

  4. John Dale

    Maybe then I, and others, may be able to decide.

    Decide what? Is your decision about whether or not to blog really bound up with how many other people are doing it? Surely you either want to blog or you don't; what difference would it make if I told you how many posts, or authors, or comments there have been this term as opposed to last term? (although in fact you can find all those things out by simple counting if they matter to you)

    20 Jan 2005, 21:06


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