I hate it when my favorites die.
Bittiney Creamer recently posted about her disappointment that Stuff White People Like had stopped being updated because they got a book contract. I used to read that blog too and I was also disappointed when there were no posts for a long time. As she points out, it has been better lately. The good part is that they have written a book and so there is more to enjoy.
What I find disappointing about blogs is when they simply vanish. I read somewhere that blogs seldom last more than 2 years, I don’t know if that’s true. Different reports (see below) suggest that there are up to 200 million blogs that are dead.
This explains my uncanny ability to discover a blog either one month before they fold or one week after they are abandoned. Most bloggers who leave cite personal obligations, work or other projects as the reason that they are done. That makes sense. I think some of the best bloggers get burned out. Blogging takes time and effort and, with some exceptions, it is not financially or professionally rewarding.
I had have the habit of not bookmarking dead blogs or deleting them but now I just add it to my furl.net or spurl.net bookmarks. The archives of some of them are fascinating but it is still a little sad to think that someone with such energy and insight just stopped one day.
Perhaps that’s why I tend to read review or topic specific blogs rather than personal blogs. I can find another person writing about the same topic but autobiographical ones are obviously unique.
Here are some of my favorite blogs whose bloggers are not as prolific as I’d like them to be…
R.I.P. (I think)
Upper Fort Stewart. Last post March 2008. Book blog. His father took over briefly but then he stopped too.
There was also the “world’s most boring blog.” Can’t find it though. Entries were something along the lines of “noted pencils were scattered on table. Sharpened two of the five pencils. Replaced them in holder, using my left hand.”
Very slow bloggers
Packaging Girlhood. About media and girl’s self image. They sometimes manage to post twice a month.
Got Medieval admits that posting is intermittent. There is a noticeable gap between posts but it’s worth it.
Planet Karen. She’s slowed down a bit but still plugging along.
History in Movies. Love Cathy Schultz’s posts but her blog is obviously secondary to her column.
They’re back (yeah!)
Tiamat’s Anime and Manga Reviews. I made a mistake: Tiamat’s Disciple is a he.
Mea Culpa. I was so sad when he stopped posting on his old site and even his archive was gone. I finally found him again here. *smile*
Deliciously Clean Reads. She’s posted recently. *more smiles*
Not blogs but I still miss them:
Anime Cafe. Last update July 2004. I really liked this site. Easy to navigate with some substantial reviews.
Science Fiction Romance Online. Last update March 2007. Romantic SF is a rara avis – at least good ones and I was sorry that she left it.
D. Aviva Rothschild’s Rational Magic. Last update March 2002.
Articles on abandoned blogs.
Names for dead/abandoned blogs.
Graveyard of Abandoned Blogs.
BCC News article