Time for a little reflection today.
Jenn put up this great post today where she is paying tribute to blogs past, in kind of an online memorial to some of her favorite bloggers who seem to have evaporated from the scene. Commenters are leaving their own eulogies as well. I didn't reference any specific causalities per se, but I did leave this comment:
Remember that old song "Video Killed the Radio Star?" It should be remade as "Facebook Killed the Blog Star." I haven't been keeping track, but I've lost a lot of bloggers in my feed as well. There's only so much time in a day to spend online, and if FB and Twitter are chewing it up, your blog is bound to suffer. I spend a lot more time making pithy comments on FB now instead of writing full-blown posts about things in my blog, and it shows. I used to write a post every other (even-numbered) day without fail and now I'm down to twice a week if I'm lucky.Oh, don't worry... I'm not turning in my resignation, I'm simply saying that what used to be a priority to me before is now... well, not so much. Back on '06 and '07 I used to panic if I couldn't churn out something clever on a bi-daily (is that how you say that?) basis. Now, I simply sit down when I have an idea and a spare 1/2 hour and write, without even worrying about how long it's been since my last
And things are different now. I've pretty much gotten all those sacred stories out of my system that were begging to be released when I first started this little adventure, and now I'm more comfortable with my status of simply "publishing when I can and when I damn well feel like it." The other thing I've learned to accept is that when I don't comment on other people's blogs, they won't comment on mine. Three years ago that was an issue. Now, it's simply a fact of social economics that I have to live with. I've reached a balance of how much time I have available for leaving comments versus how many comments I receive, and I'm good with that. Do I wish 100 people would stop by and tell me how much they love me? Of course, who wouldn't - but that's not going to happen. Nor is it realistic for me to invest the infinite number of hours required to build those kinds of relationships. So again, I'm good.
Don't get me wrong, I know this post reflects the early signs of a powerdown procedure, but I have no intention of pulling the plug just yet. And even though I've already exceeded the average blog life-span by well over 2 years, I know I have a lot more of me to go around.
I'll just be the old guy moving a little slower these days.