When I started this blog back at the end of March 2007 (having absolutely no idea of the direction, content or style that I wanted to take – unlike now where I just have very little idea of the direction, content or style to be employed) one of the first groups / directories I registered with was Britblog , the Directory of British Bloggers.
Although I had quickly become aware of Blogpower and Witanagemot I certainly wasn’t going to apply for membership of either of those august blogging collectives at the time for fear of the potential ridicule that any application for membership would produce.
Anyway I duly registered at Britblog and tentatively joined the ranks of the West Sussex Bloggerati and after a few weeks forgot all about the directory.
A few days ago though I revisited the site and had a look through all of the blogs located in West Sussex on the directory.
I was surprised at how many blogs of the 60ish listed were deleted or hadn’t been posted on in many months. There were a few which obviously were carrying on the fight according to their own lights but there was a sense of a field decimated (or quite a few more) over time. And I assume that this would be replicated in other Counties and Countries which I found rather sad.
One doesn’t know the history behind any deletion or abandonment but there was a sense of so many possibilities snuffed out so early. One directory isn’t indicative but it felt like Gormenghast rather than a vibrant blogging community.
But it also made me appreciate the importance of the Blogpowers, Witans and other blogging communities along with regular visitors and interlocutors.
There were lots of abandoned West Sussex blogs with interesting posts that never received a comment. There were, naturally, lots of West Sussex blogs that deservedly didn’t receive comments and probably should have been abandoned earlier.
Perhaps the easy bit (technological familiarity notwithstanding) is starting a blog with a first few months of rapid, if tentative, posting. It’s getting past the pain barriers of losing the muse or from time to time the inclination that’s the problem.
And the peroration? Well there isn’t one really. I know that I’m not terribly good at replying to the kind folk who leave comments on posts, or perhaps providing posts worthy of comment. Time really is a problem and every comment left (unless by a rabid Spurs fan) is greatly appreciated.
But as WSC would have it, one has to ‘Keep Buggering On’