The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

28 September 2004

Why are we here?

Billmon says the Blogosphere™ has sold out:

Even as it collectively achieves celebrity status for its anti-establishment views, blogging is already being domesticated by its success. What began as a spontaneous eruption of populist creativity is on the verge of being absorbed by the media-industrial complex it claims to despise.

Geez, I wonder why no one sent me the Absorption Memo.

What's happening, of course, is that the marketplace is adjusting, as marketplaces always do: some blogs are on the rise, and others are being eclipsed in the process. Michelle Malkin observes:

In essence, Billmon believes the game is rigged. But in blogging, as in life more generally, there is tremendous opportunity for those inclined to seize it.

It cannot be denied that early bloggers enjoy an advantage over latecomers. A blog that launches today, no matter how good or heavily promoted, will not soon overtake Instapundit or Daily Kos. Yet even the mightiest blog won't retain its position in the "charmed circle" for long if it is running on fumes.

But is the game really rigged? It's all sour grapes, says La Shawn Barber:

I've read entries on new blogs where the writer expressed frustration because of low readership. Are you kidding? As I've said on this blog many times, the primary reason you write must be your interest in or passion for writing. For me it is the very act of writing itself that compels me to post everyday.

It's wonderful having readers and commenters, but that is secondary, believe it or not. New bloggers must be patient and willing to create a niche for themselves. There is plenty of room for all of us, but Insta-Status, most will never reach.

Imagine a perfectly average blog, getting an average number of readers. Now consider: half of the blogs on earth will get fewer readers than that.

"Eighty percent of success," said Woody Allen, "is showing up." I'm here at the top of the D-list (or maybe the middle of the C-list) mostly because I show up. And while I'll never surpass those young upstarts like Reynolds, if I thought I was just wasting my time, I'd shelve this thing faster than you can say "PayPal is evil."

Posted at 10:35 AM to Blogorrhea


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Geez, I wonder why no one sent me the Absorption Memo.

Maybe they sent it to CBS for authentication?

Posted by: McGehee at 11:18 AM on 28 September 2004

If I get just one reader a day I'm hap.... wait, my mom always reads it. OK, If I get just two readers a day I'm ha....wait, my sister reads it too.

Ok, if I get just 3 readers a day, I'm happy.

well, I can be happy for other reasons too, not just because of readership. I guess you can forget what I'm talking about.

but i still like getting readers. accidental or otherwise.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 2:01 PM on 28 September 2004

Anybody remember when the "taking the Boeing" meme was making the rounds?

Still waiting for mine.

Posted by: Fûz at 5:37 PM on 29 September 2004

I am happy when I have five visitors a day. I am proud when they read my site in Australia or in the UK. Luckyly, with the sitemeter I can separate my updating the site from real readers
Happy blogging

Posted by: Julius at 10:25 PM on 29 September 2004