Most blog abandoned - so what?
I came across this NY times article through slashdot a few weeks back.
I read it and thought to myself "meh". Now I am back at it. I started thinking.
OK, there are 1000X blogs, but people only update 100X. I think that it would be unsustainable to update all blogs all the time. There are people out there that are attention hogs that write to be read by many many people. There are others that bought into the "I'm making millions by blogging from home!" lunacy that some people were advertising (Seriously? Who falls for these claims these days?) and then there is the third group.
This third group consists of bloggers that start a blog with a particular theme and then they run out of content. You may want to document your first trip away from home. You may want to document those college years. You may want to blog about a specific topic and then you grow out of it. Those blogs are still valid (even if few people read them), and when the content dries up, the blog is retired.
The nice thing about the internet today is that even if you retire your blog, it's still there for people to read. If only successful authors wrote books, we would have far fewer books today. The same things with blogs. What matters is quality over quantity. What is the quality of blogs out there? Do you get the content you want? If so, who cares if only a handful are updated regularly.
One day internet archivists and social researchers will probably find lots of useful information among the blogs that have been abandoned. I don't really know why people are making so much of this.
I leave you with this slashdot comment from this story that I like
The dream is not dead, there never was one.. But what there is is a public, searchable record of things that people who have "abandoned" their blogs have magnanimously left online for all to search and see. As a system administrator, searching what Quenqua or Technorati deem abandoned has saved my ass more than a few times. Seems like a typical perspective on blogging that has been clouded by a few years of some major bloggers gaining commercial success. If you aren't a sell out, you aren't a blogger. No small timer's allowed. Come on, we don't all blog to get rich and famous, and I guess if that isn't in keeping with Technorati's business model (whatever that is) then bloggers are all failures in their eyes. I for one will keep searching and using blogs, however (in)frequently they might be updated.