"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Sunday, 20 March 2011

I Don't Understand...

... what's happening with blogging.  I've been banging on for almost two weeks over three years and I've never known it so dull and lacklustre.  Has the novelty worn off?  Don't I write what people want to know about?

According to Blogger-stats this evening I've had fourteen pageviews of Sunday Reflection and even fewer for Sunday Round-up - where has everyone gone?  Where's the fire?  Doesn't anybody care anymore?  We don't seem to be progressing.  Are we all so dulled and jaded by relentless media pressure or is it that we just don't give a f/ck anymore?

If the latter's the case then tptb had better watch out.  If it's the former, we deserve everything we get.


  1. GV,

    My stats are historically dire on a Sunday.

    Watch them jump in the morning! (Mine usually do).


  2. Mine too, CR, but even so...

    I wish more people would take up the cause and begin blogging; I wish more people would respond to posts (not that I'm a good example) and I wish more people would learn to say, 'Thanks, but no thanks' to authority.

  3. I think someone wrote an article about how Twitter is now killing most of the Blogging these days. Everyone would rather say their 140 characters and be done with it rather than write/read full blown articles.

  4. Well, if that's true, LI, I can't see it lasting - I'd never get a WHEDFU or a PMQs into 140 words.

  5. GV, As CR says at weekends hits do tend to die a tad, plus the rugby and cricket world cup are on.

    Today was a "visit mother in her care home day" as usual, but on my return home at 5pm and having spent time 'catching up' I have just been overwhelmed with all the rubbish that is on twitter about Libya, AV etc - and honestly didn't know where to start.

  6. I still read your posts GV. I don't comment much on anyones' blogs as my input seems to be as welcome as a fart in an elevator - but perhaps I'm just too sensitive?. I closed my old blog: "Scunnert Nation" as no one would engage in debate - which is what turns my crank - and although I still had plenty of page views this was unsatisfying.

    I now have a new blog which has 8 followers (not really - they're just being polite) and I'm lucky to get half a dozen page views per day. I don't really care though. I post stuff that is of interest to me if to no one else.

    The world is in transition and the time is coming when bloggers like yourself will be viewed as a resource in the battle for truth. Hang in there.

  7. It may be that blogging has been superceded, and there are not new bloggers taking the place of those that are dropping out, but I think also bloggers are indeed jaded. The change in government has had some effect. It has changed the political landscape, and bloggers need to adapt. Under the surface, there is no change, I would say. The slow-motion coup d'etat continues.

  8. Hello Mr W - I can't believe twitter will take over from blogging. It makes a useful adjunct but is hardly the right vehicle for getting ideas across. (Re twitter - I seem to have attracted a certain DA as a follower - might have to watch my Ps & Qs!).

    McGonagall/Scunnert - how strange I was thinking of 'Scunnert' only yesterday (Sat). I know about Skelpit Erse, I'm one of your 'polite' followers :-) The Bill of Rights post was riveting (for me at least - not everyone's cup of tea). That's what Twitter will never be able to convey.

    Hi TT, yes, there was a definite change after the election but since there's essentially no left/right any more I thought some bloggers might have returned by now. It's not as if Cameron & Co have no faults.

  9. I wonder if somebody (Like me) reads your blog in Google Reader if your stats will reflect my page views. Since unless I click on the link and view it on your site you won't know I read it.

  10. That's a point Akvatix, probably not. Blogger doesn't have the most sophisticated system for counting pageviews. Thanks.

  11. GV, three thoughts. The ausphart is the elephants' graveyard and we've come to die. The ausphart throttle is on, not yet the kill switch. The mil-spec avatars are getting reset.

    As I've remarked many times at my shop the output/interaction on a great many blogs would fail Turing.

  12. Tarka the RotterMarch 21, 2011

    Well, I would just like to thank all you guys for blogging and for raising some of the key issues of our time. I promise I will try to comment more instead of just reading, so at least one follower has bucked his ideas up! Don't think of stopping, any of you!


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