"I'm going to ramp up my blogging now."
* This morning I was poking through the usual run of art blogs and saw an artist talking about stepping away from his journal just until he gets this one book done, and I had to smile, because I hear it all the time from writers. The nice (?) thing about artists' blogs it that they have something of an out in that they can post a pic of work in progress and it will be (to some, anyway) interesting. For any number of reasons, writers don't tend to post the same way, and generating fresh content takes time.
* Late last week I was talking with a friend at work about blogging and mentioned that I'd been blogging with waxing and waning devotion for some seven years. I mentioned I was on LiveJournal and she did the eyebrows-flying-off-her-head thing and opined that it obviously had been a long time "because, you know, LiveJournal." How odd it seems that I started this in the summer of 2004, on a lark, curious about this whole thing that brassratgirl was always on about. Now, many years later, I can't go a week without someone saying "it's a ghost town around here," though there are enough people that it just isn't true. The hard core of LJ-folk is still there.
* Early last week I was in a virtual meeting (webcams! streaming images! Living in the Future!) where the subject of online communication channels arose, and one colleague said that he had "kind of come and gone with blogging, mostly gone," which honestly feels about right for a LOT of people. Casual social blogging? The 'graf-and-a-link folks have mostly gone to platforms that let them do that more easily, and those platforms are burgeoning.
Some people keep doing clever things with LJ -- if asakiyume stopped LJ-ing, the quality of my FList would decline precipitously. The "mostly gone" thing particularly applies if you aren't putting out content on a regular basis, as all "good" bloggers are supposed to, and few people actually seem to do anymore. Those who do (sartorias, jimhines, nihilistic_kid, etc.) have something that amounts to a regular "beat" that they cover apart from promoting their own work, whether it be Lego geekery or lit/genre rumbles. Is blogging no longer a thing? Or is it just that it's no longer a thing among the people for whom it was a thing five years ago? LJ has made the news several times for being a bona fide Voice of Freedom in Russia, the target of takedown attempts by people who want to silence debate--so clearly it's happening somewhere. The news talks about "bloggers" all the time, but what they mean by that is not always clear.
Why ruminate about this? Doing some stock-taking earlier than usual, I guess, and trying to decide how to do what I do better next year.