Have you hit the best before date on your BLOG?
According to THIS examination of why people blog, John M. Grohol, Psy.D., summises that "most weblogs are drivel, banal shit written by angst-ridden teenagers and adults sharing feelings, thoughts, and mind-numbing details about their daily lives that provide little insight into anything or anyone."
He goes on to say that,
"The most popular weblogs are those spearheaded by strong personalities, by dynamic individuals who have something to say."and that "the best online journals and weblogs keep moving, growing, and changing directions, mirroring the author’s own life. They are constantly there, being added to, but if a day or two goes by without an entry, the reader doesn’t feel disappointed."
"The best weblogs and online journals, however, are not always the most popular. The most popular fall into the same trap as nearly anything driven by popularity – the need to outdo oneself, to remain on top. That pressure affects the writing, and it affects the mission of the person’s site"
"People tune in to a weblog or journal to be entertained and informed. To find new information or to find something interesting to act as a diversion to their day."
"Even the best books and stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end. A lot of authors don’t realize this and continue the story long after the interesting part of it is over. The climax has passed, the readers move on, but the author still toils because nobody told her/him the story has ended."
"After all, when it’s a person’s life, and it’s still continuing, how can it have ended? That’s the paradox that most journalers don’t resolve very well. Most just end their journal before the readers abandon them. And that is as it should be. Nothing should continue indefinitely if it has long lost the creativity and imagination that fueled it to begin with."