Interesting and somewhat bittersweet article in Sunday's New York Times about blogging. Among the statistics cited:
"According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled."
"Richard Jalichandra, chief executive of Technorati, said that at any given time there are 7 million to 10 million active blogs on the Internet, but “it’s probably between 50,000 and 100,000 blogs that are generating most of the page views.”
Me? I'm a crass commercialist who has no qualms saying I began this thing merely as a place to plug the books whose editors were kind enough to include me. I never imagined it would bring any notoriety to me personally.
I'm a pretty private person anyway, who has no interest in sharing the details of my personal life. I do not twit (is that the appropriate term?) nor do I Facebook.
If I abandoned this thing tomorrow, the links on the right to where you can buy the books will still work.
And anyway, dreams and ambition are for suckers . . .