Well, This Is Depressing

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Donald Sensing has a couple of post up, both at his One hand Clapping site and at Winds of Change that discuss his views on blogging and where it is heading. Frankly, the post paint a depressing picture, especially to a new blogger. Essentially, Sensing says we're doomed.

— Single-author blogs of national-interest topics such as the GWOT, politics, religion, etc., will find it increasingly difficult to gain and maintain significant readership numbers. Team blogs, such as WOC, will come to predominate simply because of the labor intensity high-readership blogging requires. A solo writer trying to keep a site refreshed and original enough to keep two thousand or more reader interested every day faces a terrific burden. I know, I did it for a few years. Team blogs spread the labor and therefore can offer more content of higher quality.

Which tends to make a new blogger trying to gain some readership a bit nervous. Obviously, I've put a lot of time into this blog and I hate to hear it's DOA.

On the other hand, the way I approach blogging and the way Sensing approaches it are fundamentally different. I read One Hand Clapping quite a lot when I was first made aware of blogs. Sensing is a good writer and his posts were always informative, well reasoned and fairly long. In other words, he's a writer. I tend to approach this as more of a linker and a finder of interesting things. I also write, but not anywhere nearly as extensively as Sensing.

So, the question is, is his type of blogging, with long, carefully written pieces headed toward the group blog model? Maybe yes, I don't know. Is the faster paced, less writing intensive blogging still viable? I rather hope so,

Of course, there's also a middle ground where like minded individuals form a sort of consortium. That way the individual bloggers maintain their single voice while being part of a bigger whole. I suspect that may be closer to the future than Sensing's vision.

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5 Responses to Well, This Is Depressing

  1. Don’t get discouraged! The most important thing to remember is that if you blog for yourself, the rest will happen. If you’re blogging just to get lots of readers, you can burn out.

    I respect Sensing a lot. But his view of blogging seems to be rather narrowly based. People blog for many different reasons. Yes, the paid corporate model may well work better as a group effort. But not everyone has to work that way.

    The consortium model you mention is quite a good idea, because it is flexible. Keep aware of a pool of fellow bloggers and work with them, but maintain the individuality of your own site.

    One of the problems with group blogs maintained at one site is that’s they’re not too flexible. One of the bloggers at Science Blogs complained yesterday about the layout design there, that made showing large-size graphics difficult.

    Finally, don’t take yourself too seriously! Dennis the Peasant has a great irreverent guide to blogging:

    Part One

    Part Two

    Donald Sensing

    Read, laugh, and rededicate.

  2. The last should have been Part Three, obviously.

  3. Gauis Arbo says:

    Oh, I’m not at all discouraged. I do this for myself. If I also amuse others, that is a good thing. I actually think consortium’s will become fairly common.

  4. BubbaB says:

    Just to let you know, I have been reading your blog for about 1.5 months now, and it is one of only a handful – Gateway Pundit included – that I have in my RSS Feeds folder. I find your blog to be original and informative – without being sycophantic in its devotion to a political party, or pretentious in its self-acknowledgement.

    In other words, you ain’t nobody’s gopher, and you ain’t so high falutin’!


  5. Gauis Arbo says:

    Well, thank you very much for that compliment, BubbaB. It’s good to know that people are enjoying what I do around here.

    Around here, all the gophers are on crack, so it’s good I’m not among them!

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