Saturday, January 30, 2010

The loneliness of the long distance blogger

Charlotte Gore confirms what many of us had suspected—she has given up on this blogging lark.
It’s clear now that my blogging days are over.There’s a number of reasons, of course, but primarily the need to avoid repetition – not just of my own work, but what others write too – becomes exponentially more challenging with every post. Like so many others before me, I’ve said what I wanted to say in this format. I don’t have enough material in me to sustain a blog of my own any longer.

Which is a pity, but it's not unexpected—or untoward.

Your hunble Devil occasionally feels like the blogosphere is like life in fast forward. I have seen so many bloggers come and go that I have lost count.

I am far from being one of the first bloggers—nevertheless, I did start before the rise in popularity of British political blogging. Five years is a long time to be churning out an average of three posts a day, but I have carried on whilst others burned out or lost interest.

Back in the "old days" when a blogger announced their retirement (or just simply fell silent), someone you felt you knew quite well suddenly vanished—never to be heard of again.

"You're dead to me now" might be used as a statement of fact, not one of excoriation.

Things are slightly different now, since so many people are migrating to social media such as Twitter.

But it is still strange when yet another voice falls silent: one carries on regardless wondering who will be next—and when one's own time will come...


Aaron Murin-Heath said...

Charlotte Gore has always been one of the most interesting bloggers, but she's right, there comes a point when you've said it all before.

Yeah, you can respond to the breaking "news", but how many political bloggers are all shouting at the same time when a story breaks? Hundreds... thousands?

I only write when the mood takes me, but because I no longer blog two or three times per day (or even more than once a week over the last year), when I do post no one is listening anyway!

I wish Charlotte all the best. The blogosphere will go on, but its value is diminished for her absence.

David Davis (Libertarian Alliance) said...

I know what you mean, old fella. Compared with Charlotte, we are a nothing, a zero. And it's still hard to come up with interesting stuff, day after day after day.

It wouldn't matter if we got paid like the lefty fascist scumbags think we do ... "well funded" I think is a phrase they use sometimes to describe what they think people do for us [supposedly "on the right"] to operate.

Money - that's not the thing: we do what we do because we feel we must and it might, just might, make a difference to somebody, sometime.

Charlotte's a good writer. Perhaps she will take a break and decide to come back refreshed? I hope so.

Mike Power said...

Strictly speaking she hasn't stopped blogging, she has just stopped long-blogging. She's on Twitter, a microblogging platform, and is actually closer to what original blogging was than ever.

Twitter is a notorious blog killer. Lost count of how many bloggers ceased or drastically curtailed their blogging once they got into Twitter.

It all rather depends on what you think blogging is about. I'm just a linkblogger so none of this really applies to me. But I can't see, say, Tim Worstall, running out of things to say. That's because he doesn't see blogging as a publishing medium for long essays in the way so many long-bloggers do.

I suspect we will see Ms Gore apply her skills elsewhere rather more, and maybe even get paid for it too. :)

Devil's Kitchen said...


I take your point—and, indeed, I follow Charlotte on Twitter.

But the microblogging format is not the same as blogging—you do not, I think, get the same sense of someone's personality in a series of 140 character posts as you can in a couple of blogs of a few hundred words.

I see the value to Twitter (mainly in that other people do good stuff with it) but I don't get the sense of someone's character. I don't feel that I know them—barring those who I knew from blogging—in the same way that I did with the blogs.


NightJack said...

It took me about 12 months to do all the "eloquent whining" that I wanted to do. Once I had said everything that I wanted to say, all the flavour went out of writing the blog. I think this mechanism is at least as much to blame as Twitter.Blog fatigue, it gets most of us in the end.

Longrider said...

I think it's best not to take the matter too seriously. I go quiet from time to time. It means either I have nothing to say, or simply cannot be arsed. I don't agonise over it. Then there are days like today where three stories prompted me to write.

That's probably why I've managed to keep going for the past five years. I go with the flow.

The Nameless Libertarian said...

I don't know about Twitter - I can see why people use it, and occasionally a decent twitter feed can point me in the direction of a decent article. But there is a definite need for longer posts. It isn't just about the character of the blogger coming through - although in the best blogs that is certainly something that enhances them - but more about the complexity of the argument that can be made in a longer blog post.

Blogs like Charlotte's - and the Kitchen as well, of course - make an eloquent case for Libertarianism. And that is an ideology not discussed in the mainstream, which is obsessed by mainstream politics and the three big political parties. Watching Tory Bear snipe at LabourList is entertaining, but it isn't actually going to present an alternative view of how this country should be run. Some blogs can do that, and do so on a daily basis.

Which is one of the reasons why I go on blogging, despite an increasing desire to give up on it (again). Far fewer people read my blog than the Kitchen or Charlotte Gore, but some people do read it and seem to enjoy it. Yes, writing daily blog posts means that there is an element of repetition, and some posts are definitely better than others. But I kind of think that the more people there are making the case for the Libertarian point of view, the greater the chance of the ideology eventually breaking through.

But anyway, enough wibbling from me. I must away to write a post about how shit the idea of profiling is in the so-called War on Terror.


John Trenchard said...

I suspect that ,as the election campaign hots up, you may well find "resting" bloggers coming back into the fray.

bernard said...

The last comment is right.
Remember the Aphorism:-
"The difference between being in a rut, and in the grave, is only the depth."
No-one feels they can make a difference because of massive social sanctions and restraints.
What we need is a madman to come on the scene, but a madman that we secretly agree with.
The coming general election will produce nothing but a neurotic herpes on everyone's lip.
China invading the West would be a good start...

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