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50,000 Blogs and counting!
50,000 Blogs and counting!
So: 50,000 blogs. 50,000!!!
It happened some time during the night....(I wonder who the fiftieth thousandth blog is.....maybe they should get some kind of reward, award, medal, recognition!)
Blogs on here are proliferating at the rate of 100+ a day....which means that every week a 1,000 or so new blogs are up for show. At this rate, by Xmas we'll have hit 60,000.....100,000 by this time next year (if not sooner)
Up for 'show', but not necessarily 'up and running'. It might be that more than half these newly created blogs are abandoned within a week or 2, or don't even really get going at all.
It takes a lot of stamina and committment to keep a blog 'running. The top bloggers appear to post regularly, virtually every day. Blogging, for them, becomes a part of their way of life, an essential need, a necessary habit, as natural and as normal as tapping a text or making a call...
Maybe it becomes as easy as emailing or messaging.....posting becomes like having a private chat in a public place....with some friends...sitting around the blogtable with you... the company is enjoyable and convivial....and fun!
And intimate. It's a special kind of intimacy being shared...because very few of us do the kind of self-disclosure we do on here with anybody around us...even the people we are intimate with!...don't get to know or see the dark secrets that are presented at the blog family table.
As for the 100's and 1,000's of eavesdroppers around and about.....let them listen in... (and look at)....they might learn something!....
I'm wondering how long blogs last. Is there a normative curve for blog development? Does there come a time around 6 months when blogs just peter out by themselves...where the energy for them goes into decline and they quietly creep away....?
I'm wondering who the longest serving blogger on this site is! Are there any blogs that have been going for more than a year?....Or 2 years?....Or even longer?...
Who is the doyen of the bloggers?! (It has to be a she I'm thinking...but maybe the Blog Elder is a wise guy.....!!)
I've been blogging for just over a month now (5 weeks) My posting is intermittent rather than regular. I don't log onto the site everyday, and the days I do I might only be on for half an hour... read 4 or 5 of my watched bloggers...maybe make a few comments if i feel engaged...and then off onto the other forms of life I live.....
Sometimes - especially at the weekends - I can be on site for 2 or 3 hours at a time. I'm almost exclusively in Blogville; I hardly bother with chat rooms, rarely read the magazine; don't IM message or wink or network either.
I've virtually given up searching and mailing profiles. I don't do form letters anymore. If a profile catches my interest (and my eye)I'll write something personal to the person in that profile.
It's not that I'm resigned to failure, or fatalistic, or cynically sour about all the assumed rejection that might be going on. No, I'm just being realistic about the odds; so I'm being economical with the effort, conserving the energy of desire and directing it with more discrimination and deliberation towards more intended aims.....
As it is....for now....blogging gives me more than enough. I get added value from reading blogs, writing blogs. Sure I wish I could find more time to be more engaged; but maybe if I were more involved i'd be losing the taste for my lived life....the life i live out 'there'....my walk-on and walk-off life....the Life of my 'Actual'.....
10/24/2005 7:39 am
I don't think AdultFriendFinder has had blogs for that long. I think I've heard a year or so mentioned as a timeline.|
I have been blogging elsewhere for almost two years (in February). It has become my virtual neighborhood. There are people from all over the world,writing, sharing our lives. The common denominator is the writing. The good writing. Revealing writing. It is a phenomenon of our time, and for those who don't abandon their blogs, it has become as important as any other community. I periodically commit what we've termed, Blogocide. It is usually during pms for me. Ha. I get freaked out that I have revealed too much, am too vulnerable, that strangers are reading. But then I come back, cause I miss my friends, and I miss the daily writing.
I was away for the weekend with my kids. No computer, phone, electronics. It was lovely. Sometimes you need to drag yourself away from the virtual world.
I work at the machine, and I am feeling the need to break out of the isolation of being in computerland all the time.
Smoke on the water...Hehe.
10/25/2005 6:29 am
where is the 'elsewhere' that you blog?....i'm interested to try other sites to see how that might influence how i write
I don't feel entirely comfortable on this site yet...still feeling my way. As in any community you need strokes of recognition to make you feel that you belong - and here, that positive reinforcement is very slow in coming....which makes me suspect i haven't found the right voice to gain inclusion here yet....
Maybe i'm not being 'personal' enough...but i'm wary as to how much self-disclosure is appropriate on a site like this.....yes I'm still feeling my way......it could just be that typical Brit reserve (although i'm also half Polish).....which plays with ironic detachment (or maybe that it just my personality)...as a way of staying strong, being in control....(which could also be a male attribute)
Interestingly, I've noticed that the top male Brit bloggers here all have the same wry laconic humour....gooning around, spoofing, not taking themselves at all seriously....and making sure everybody 'gets it' that they don't...that this is all a bit of a piss-take....so lets not get pretentious....they pop up all over the place dropping their facile one-liners....
You're not going to get behind any of those guys (and maybe they have it right....fooling about and having a 'larf' is the way to do it...)
I suppose i'm just jealous!
10/25/2005 11:47 am
Hmmmm! Are you being infected with the numbers game? Be careful. At first there is curiosity and amazement at how the numbers of visitors and comments mount up. But as you get drawn into the web of blogland this can become an addiction in its own right. I have seen all sorts of things arise from the 'numbers game'. You are a talented writer and you have a unique style, which will build up a following. Some of the best writers in Blogland write only once a month or so,but produce stuff of such great quality it's worth waiting for.|
10/26/2005 4:16 am
you probably read my Art of Blog series, so you know I'm well aware of the 'game' that's being played here. I made a decision that I'd write, first and foremost, things that were interesting for the reader in me. I want to delight myself...because it's me who i spend all my time with! Visitors who hop onto this blog are here for a few moments or minutes....whereas i'm stuck with me/this...so i may as well make what i write have the effect of being self-stimulating...if i amuse, entertain, engage, with myself i already 'got' something....without having to depend on 'getting' it from elsewhere (i.e the causal reader)
Still, there's another thing going on for me besides interesting 'writing'. It's about stimulating contact and feeling like 'connect' is going on (and i don't just mean with women...)....it's about making warm soul contact.....and i'd like that to be happening too....
It's a tricky one: how to assuage the sticky need for inclusion and belonging....but at the same time not lose integrity......
10/26/2005 9:56 am
yes, I'd like recognition... doesn't everybody? It's a basic human need...to be recognised, acknowledged, 'stroked'....
But i don't want 'plastic' strokes.....and i know what they look/feel like.....
I'm not going to leave! I'm around...I'm solid for you....