Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Intermission or Finale?

Awful quiet around here, I know. I'm hoping to suss out whether this is just a natural down time for the blog, given that I'm busy with several other things, or if this is the beginning of the end. The blog's five-year anniversary is coming up in early October, and I'm toying with the idea of building up to it as a grand finale. We'll see. In the meantime, the movie list must continue, hopefully sometime in the next 24 hours.


Blogger Kraig Smith said...

I feel your pain, but I for one would hate to see your blog go the way of the dinosaurs.

9:00 PM  
Anonymous lfw said...

Say it ain't so. I don't know what I'd do without ASWOBA in my life.

1:26 AM  
Anonymous pf said...


8:46 AM  
Blogger figment said...

all good things must end, but i hope this isn't one of them!

11:23 AM  
Blogger Dezmond said...

Cheap attempt to get your fans to beg for you to stay. It's like a great band who will pretend they have finished their set, just to get the fans to cheer even louder. Enough moping and on with the Movies List. I can't wait to see what other Robin Williams films you admire!

7:48 PM  
Blogger Dezmond said...

Plus, have you seen my blog lately?? No comments lately at all. I feel I am stranded on a lonely planet railing at a cold universe. How come nobody wants to discuss the new Jeff Beck album? I can't understand that.

7:50 PM  
Blogger Barbara Carlson said...

Yours is the 4th blog I attend every day that has voiced these sentiments (threats?). One has suspended her blog already, another tried to quit but after a few weeks came back on line, but only sporadically. Andrew Sullivan is trying very hard to quit on weekends...

I have noticed that the bloggers who don't respond to Comments posted (even briefly), lose commenters. If bloggers ARE trying to "dialogue", why not encourage Commenters?

When you don't get comments you may think nobody is reading you.

Plus... The bloggers/posters understandably want attention but when EVERYbody is blogging, who is reading?

Is this SLOW BLOGGING trend which began a year ago or so coming to fruition? Is the ability to voice our every thought/"connect" with friends every second giving us techno fatigue? A long to go to some happy place that is undemanding, slow like a winding river of time that lets us savour life as it is lived with no thought to pinning it down for mass consumption?

Or are we growing up -- realizing that not everything we say or do is all that interesting -- all the time -- to everybody else? Like the stages of grief -- the denial etc. may be giving over to the acceptance that we are not the center of the universe, despite what mommy tells us.

8:48 AM  
Blogger JMW said...

Barbara, the comments point is interesting. I try to respond most of the time. That said, I think most really active comments sections are on more provocative/political blogs. I really appreciate all the comments I get, but I've learned not to judge the blog's "health" by the number of them.

I don't think it's a center-of-the-universe thing so much as an effort thing -- blogging every day, more or less, for five years is a commitment. And the idea that EVERYbody is blogging is, I think, already dated -- I think many people have stopped blogging in favor of communicating with friends and fans on Facebook, Twitter, etc. To me, those kinds of outlets are not the same thing, and blogging feels -- hilariously -- kind of old-fashioned already.

12:50 PM  
Blogger Barbara Carlson said...

I do appreciate the day-to-day slog of keeping up. I have kept a detailed journal for 28 years and -- for a year or two -- sent out weekly "pages from" when email was first all the rage. And when people Replied regularly.
Ending a blog because of the work involved is not the only reason -- anybody who is really creative is addicted to the Zen Zone of the Process and would write no matter what.

That blogging is old-fashioned is sorta sad. To be replaced with Twitter is even sadder. I am on Facebook and find the smiley-faced chatter intensely boring; finding a good blog that incites me to comment is real food. You will be missed.

4:57 PM  

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