As I look through my last few posts, I've noticed a dip in the comments. Actually I'm surprised that my bloviating attracts any readers, and that's fine. But on further review of a lot of the blogsites I normally visit, I see that most of them have fewer comments. Anyone else pick up on this?
A curious thing, I think. To what does anyone attribute this? I've got a few theories-what's your guess?
-Different communication methods? A lot of you at least experimented with Twitter, but I'm not all that interested in it. My thoughts are much too expansive to be crammed into 140 characters! No, wait-'Cruising as before. Ship functional in all respects' is only around 45 characters.
-No big events? I know the 'Burger used to have some big battles back when President Bush was back in office. Now that President Obama is there, all is right with the world. Anyway, even the 'Burger doesn't have the epic verbal wars it used to. I don't know that I miss them, especially if I got dragged into one-but it did make for some long threads. Also, since Birmo isn't quite ready to release After America, there hasn't been a lot of the pre-release hype yet, which may make for some longer posts and comments there. Perhaps right now, there's just no big event or series of events that is causing a massive uproar.
-Losing our home? Most of you regulars here are, like me, Journalspace refugees. Did losing a lot of our original blogs take a bit of the starch out of doing this? I rather miss JS-it had some nice features-and a lot of my 'travelogue' posts. *%$#*! But it's a bit like rebuilding a house-it works the same, but it doesn't-quite-have the feel of home.
-Outbreaks of real life? I suspect that's also a lot of it. Events catch up with all of us. I know it did for me this spring and summer. People that used to post or comment regularly have moved on to jobs that require more time, or have had life situations change as well-not always for the best, or for the worst. I would hope for all of you that your situations are taking you to greater things! Cyberrelationships can be fickle and transitory things as well. You meet people and move on.
-'Leaders' in blogging circles? It seems like every group of blogs or discussion forums has a few 'key' people-the 'cool kids', if you will-and if one or more of them pull out of a group, the unit falls apart or drifts. Is there a bit of that going on here?
I dunno. To me it's a bit of an interesting psychological study.
Your thoughts? I have to go look at pictures of Spitfires now for a little project, and fire up the Print Artist to do a bulletin (I knew that bloody carnival would make me more work!).