The Wall

There seems to be something going round the blogosphere lately; a number of folks seem recently to be afflicted by a debilitating malaise, an enervating ennui, that has made it hard for them to carry out their duties. Dennis Mangan is on open-ended leave; Deogolwulf has expressed his own weariness with the undertaking; Bill Vallicella recently decided to lay off for a month — and here I am, missing several days in a row.

What begins with optimistic fanfare and a sense of novelty and excitement can often begin to feel routine, and while we bloggers all know that we are under no contractual obligation to keep generating “content”, we also know that steady output is essential for maintaining a connection with one’s hard-won readership. But there seems to be a hump to get over at about the four-year mark, and it is interesting to note how many of us seem to be flagging just a bit.

But for all that, there’s nothing like writing down one’s thoughts for getting them in order, and nothing like airing them in public for finding out how sound they are. So blog we must, and blog we will (well, most of us, anyway). Bill V. explains nicely here.

After all, how are we supposed to know what we think unless we see what we say?

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5 Comments

  1. Charles says

    Heck, I’ve been flagging for ages now. I’ll usually bounce back from time to time with a flurry of posts (“flurry” here is entirely relative, by the way), then get bogged down again.

    Thing is… it’s never a matter of not having anything to post, it’s a matter of being motivated enough to post it. At least for me it is.

    Posted July 27, 2008 at 5:35 am | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Hi Charles,

    For me, it’s time. I just never have enough, and I never get enough sleep.

    Posted July 27, 2008 at 12:36 pm | Permalink
  3. Chris G says

    Keep the faith (or lack thereof for some of your religious stuff). You’ve created a great collection of writing & commentary.

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    You might get a kick out of this if you haven’t heard it. If I played this song I’d get locked up, but a cute little french girl can get away with… murder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25AsfkriHQc

    Posted July 28, 2008 at 12:38 am | Permalink
  4. Malcolm says

    Why thank you, Chris, for those kind words. I’m not about to stop scribbling.

    As for that video — well, it isn’t exactly “a Day In The Life”, but it’s a fine example of adolescent Continental solipsism, in service of an timeless human theme.

    La plus ça change…

    Posted July 28, 2008 at 2:59 am | Permalink
  5. The thing that mostly gives me pause is the sinking feeling that I am repeating myself and at my age that is almost certainly true of just about anything I say or write.

    Posted July 29, 2008 at 4:13 am | Permalink