HEADLINES
December 15, 2006

FLANDERS IS THE NEXT QUEBEC
That's right, folks, Dutch speaking Flanders has decided it's no longer interested in being a part of Belgium. Hey, Flanders, like Quebec, has a specialty language and they're tired of being kicked around by the French speakers. Of course, in Canada, it's the French speakers who think they're being kicked around by the English speakers. But, you know, your boss kicks you, you come home and kick the wife, who kicks the kid, who kicks the dog, who barks madly and drives everyone into a mad killing spree and --
What? That doesn't happen to everyone?
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So anyhow, Dutch Flanders is now fighting for its independence separate from the Belgian Frenchies.

I wonder if we'll have to call them Freedom Waffles now?

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BLOGGING IS DYING (finally)
Big wig analysts Gartner has made ten predictions about technology, the most important of which being that Vista will be the last major release of Windows. Wait, wait, wait. I mean the most important of which is that blogging will peak in 2007, with the overall number of blogs stabilizing.

After all, some 200 million blogs have been abandoned. Apparently, some people have actually gotten bored with the 9 million things they thought they had to say ... and then realized when they were reduced to typing in such things as "I went to the grocery store today and bought some bread," that they were boring themselves AND the bits and bytes they were using on the server.

Reportedly somewhere between 50 and 100 of the 200 million abandoned blogs (and that's not 50 million to 100 million ... just plain 50 to 100 blogs) were written by people who got a life and thus, no longer had time for telling the world what a cute dog they have. (Have you seen the pictures of my dogs? They, of course, are important to the natural order of the universe.)

Best quote from Gartner analyst Daryl Plummer: "Everyone thinks they have something to say, until they're put on the stage and asked to say it."

Of course, he left off an important reason for people losing interest: having something to say ... and getting no readers or no response. No matter how much you have to say at that point ... what's the point?

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Chris said:

Lack of response, that's probably the biggest reason why people quit blogging. People think that because they have an opinion and want to share it via a blog or website that others will want to read it. That isn't always the case.

I'll admit, tis frustrating to write a kick ass post then get no comments, no response, no links. Once you start quantifying the time you spend writing/blogging vs the actual feeback you get from it, it can seem pointless.

I don't see myself quitting anytime soon though. I blog as much for my own amusement as I do for the amusement of others.

Red Monkey says: Yup, I feel exactly the same. :) And I'm glad to hear you say the same thing ... gotta keep the Platypus Society strong!
December 15, 2006 9:14 PM

 

mike said:

I often have vey little coherent to say....but I just let the incoherency flow anyway.

December 16, 2006 9:57 AM

 

John Bambenek said:

It depends on what you mean by blogging, if you mean the online diary type, there will always be some sort of format for that (facebook and the like). If you mean citizen journalism, the number of blogs going down only improves that because it reduces the "noise".

December 16, 2006 12:05 PM

 

MsDemmie said:

I think some people think it is a one way street - ie they write people will listen and comment - they often do not relaise that the good blogs are reciprocal and they engage discussion.

December 16, 2006 5:45 PM

 

angie said:

I love my blog no matter if no one else does. I like to write silly stuff and that is what I do for the most part. I really do write for my own amusement, as Chris said above. If nothing else, I crack my own self up as well as my hubby and daughter and that is enough for me. I don't care whether I get no comments or 50.

It's funny because when I first started blogging I thought I would write all this deep and personal stuff but that is just not me. I have to be serious at my job and in life in general so my blog is where I let my hair down and I can be immature and silly. It's my release, I guess.

What ticks me off, though, are the ones who complain at every turn about "boring" blogs, mommy blogs, stupid blogs, etc. To each his own if you ask me. Not every blogger's writing is going to appeal to every reader. It's silly to complain. Just move on. It's easy.

Now, I am just rambling and forget where I was even going with this comment.

Ok, Hi, Ender! Bye, Ender! Pet those cutie puppies for me!

Ang

December 16, 2006 10:36 PM

 

Kathleen said:

I hope you do know that Flanders vs. Wallony thing is just a joke. It has been a big issue here in Belgium for many years now, because the French speaking part is poorer than Flanders and we have some crazy politicians. The entire "Flanders is going to be an independent state from now on" news was actually an introduction to a debat that will take place this week or next week on the French television.

But Freedom Waffles actually sounds cool. :D

Red Monkey says: Yup, that would be why I linked to the BBC article detailing the whole fake news bit. FLANDERS IS THE NEXT QUEBEC ... that's a link to the BBC article. :)
December 17, 2006 7:41 AM

 

jan said:

This post reminds me, Red Monkey, that i have been lurking around your blog for a long time and never commented to tell you how much I enjoy it.

December 19, 2006 3:14 PM
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