The end of a blog is not the end of the world

Patrick Lagacé talks this week about local bloggers getting tired and shutting down their blogs, and suggests group blogging as a solution to this problem.

There’s an important point there: a blog about something (motherhood, drunk taxi customers, puppies) will be more interesting to a large number of people than a simple blog about what you ate for breakfast.

Whether group blogging is better than single blogging is up for debate. Compare Metroblogging Montreal with Montreal City Weblog and each has its strengths and weaknesses.

But there’s another point I’d like to make here: lack of time isn’t really a good reason to shut down a personal blog. Lots of bloggers seem to be under the impression that unless they can put up a new post every day like they used to, they have to have a dramatic goodbye post to solicit “please don’t go!” comments from friends and acquaintances.

There are plenty of great blogs that aren’t updated that often. Yeah, it sucks for people who check blog updates the old-fashioned way, but with feed readers becoming a more common way for people to keep updated on their favourite blogs, you end up not even noticing that a blog has stopped being updated until you notice the “goodbye” post (followed inevitably by the “and just one more thing” post and the “maybe I’ll update every now and then” post).

If you can’t update as often, we understand. If you don’t enjoy blogging anymore, we understand. If you’re moving to a country that doesn’t have Internet access, we understand. But don’t get all emotional just because you’ll only want to update once a week instead of once a day.

There’s no “use it or lose it” law for blogs.

3 thoughts on “The end of a blog is not the end of the world

  1. Kate M.

    No, but I keep a short blogroll on my blog, and I have a general policy that if the person hasn’t posted for awhile (a month or more) I’ll comment out their link for a bit. At some point I may have another look but it’s not way high on my priority list of things to do.

    The only way to make a blog successful (and I suppose it’s still up the air what defines success in the blog world) is to keep at it, day in and day out. If you only post fitfully, it had better be damn good when you do.

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