Have you heard this before? The eerie sound of blog mortality. You usually hear it once or twice before never hearing from a blog again. The sniff of death, followed by the rotting carcass left for everyone to see on Google Reader.
But stench no more, as Google has declared that Google reader will be read no more. Apart from the blogistential angst I experienced after hearing this news, (and the problem of now looking for a new RSS feeders) it has led me to question what motivates a blogger. While Nathan attempted to answer this a while back, and Ben even announced the birth of a new baby blog not that long ago, what does one hold on to in these trying times?
A blogging saviour? The downfall of Facebook and Twitter?
I’m not that sure really, but perhaps a plea to fellow bloggers out there. If your blog is dying, or if you are ever tempted to start a post the words in the title of this post, do us all a favour and spice it up a bit. Perhaps the blog equivalent of ‘Has this Fugu fish been sliced properly?’ or ‘Will 85 helium balloons really hold my weight on a deck chair?”. Or even ‘I’m sure this is how they did it on Mythbusters’, would be more interesting than “It’s been a while” ad nauseum.
Who knows what will keep me blog motivated in 2013? Will I have enough time in between my other hobbies such as being a criminal lawyer, looking after two young children, going to church, perfecting my art of one handed clapping, and beating my time for cooking two minute noodles.
But a little secret for you: Here’s my prayer for the year - That this is the only blog post that ever begins with those fateful words, “It’s been a while since I updated this blog”.