Every once in a while, some false prophet declares that the Bloggernacle is dead.
I should know — I’ve made such pronouncements myself (cf. multiple posts bemoaning the end of the Nacle’s golden age).
Such pronouncements are, of course, utter tripe. Let’s dive into some navel-gazing, shall we?
First, the Bloggernacle has never represented a static entity. You can point to roadmarks during the past 5-6 years as indicators of a high water mark, I suppose — and let the speculation begin in that regard. The founding of the MA? Steve’s Zeitcast? The departure of JMW? The possible events abound — but when all is said and done, the Bloggernacle has never been a finished product or anything other than a bunch of lawyers, intellectuals and pseudo-intellectuals voicing their beefs, and as such we cannot speak as to any real birthdate or, for that matter, time of death.
Second, the Bloggernacle (such as it is) is far from dead. Readership of the blogs, from what statistics I can glean, has been progressing at a relatively constant pace, with no sign of real decline or slowdown. Posts, and mega-threads, come at regular intervals. Liberals still hate God and Conservatives still hate rainbows and puppy dogs.
So why, then, do we feel sometimes that the Bloggernacle is dying or that we’re past our peak? Let me make some suggestions.
- Our favorite bloggers haven’t posted in a while. Sure, if my standard were Greg Call, I’d say the Nacle died in 2003. Bloggers are people with real lives. Some of them take vacations and –gasp– don’t blog for a while! People move on. But don’t conflate the disappearance of individual personalities with the demise of the collective.
- Our favorite blogs have imploded. See above, mostly. Blogging is not some everlasting covenant. People get bored and move on. If some blogs die, resurrect in some unholy ritual then live some kind of zombie half-existence, that’s no reason to say the sky is falling.
- We’re not feeling it anymore. Hey, it happens. No single activity, outside of the Nintendo Wii, can occupy our attention 24/7. It’s natural to get out of rhythm, to feel disenchanted, to think the magic is gone. Well, boo. Guess what — it’s probably just in your head. If you look at the world around you, including the cyber-world, you’ll see tons of people out there ready to interact, participate and share. Spare us the anguish of transposing your mid-blog crisis on the rest of us.
I’m mostly speaking to myself here, as a kind of reality check. Every once in a while it is good to take a step back, evaluate yourself and think about where the future is leading. Will the Bloggernacle die? Who knows. Probably. Is it dead? No.
Now, let’s suck it up and get blogging. Didn’t Ronan just post about how he is really the Ancient of Days? I swear I just read that somewhere…