I started blogging a LONG time ago. And there was quite a long period that saw no comments, ever. I have been told by Zelmo and others that they had READ what I posted, but didn’t feel like commenting. WTF? says I. This is a SOCIAl medium, like a disease, you GOTS to pass it on.
Anyway, that was an old blog. Got kilt dead by the Logs of the Cob. Sank into the swamp. So I started another one. THAT one sank into the swamp. The next one burned down, fell over, THEN sank into the swamp. But the next one STAYED UP! And that’s where you’re commenting, the most stubborn blog in all the internoozzles!
So yesterday was the Great Jon Swift/Al Weisel Blog Amnesty Day, and TG passed it on to me, and I passed it on to others. I confess I abandoned the sidebar blogroll for the most part. There seemed to be a ‘popular kewl kid’ popularity contest at some places, and not just the bigs, I didn’t want to participate in. I have my favorite links up there, like Animals Being Dicks. The bloggerhood is what it is, and you could do worse than clicking on the people who comment here; most of them have lively joints too.
But what inspires the blogs is the commenting, along with the interlinkery (Look, you might just as well go to thndr’s or Chrome Beach and look at their sidebars; that would pretty much be the same as mine). And the thing that fosters the community is the commenting. So after screaming out onto my first blog for some time, I started wandering around to the dive-bars of the bloogersphere, and making obnoxious grammar joke comments. People followed me back to my joint so they could yell at me some more.
Over the course of time, some bloggers have faded in and out, some have returned to life (without being zombies) and it’s good to see those voices return; hopefully others will, but really, how permanent is a blog? And I think this Internet thing is going to fade away too.
So anyways; after all that blather and intro, here’s the thing: this WordPress platform has some built-in statistics that blooger never did (and I never got the hang of the 3rd party blooger apps, or just couldn’t be arsed) but since starting this joint up about a year and a half ago, there has been a reliable amount of traffic (not counting the HORRIFYING traffic spike when a post got linked over at Crooks and Liars – seriously, I thought I had been hacked or uber-spammed), and I thank all of you who made for some lively action. I missed the milestone when this iteration of the Empire passed 50,000 visitors, but I didn’t miss this milestone (agreeably enough, obtained during Blogroll Amnesty Days!):
Also, you guys can see a complete summary of the Empire in 2012 HERE. It’s got some funny bits.