Over at his place in Requiem, Neil announced his attention of withdrawing from commentary on current politics:
Friends, so depressing is all this and more in this dark time for Australian politics – not just beginning at the last election either – that I have decided to opt out of further commentary. This blog will become exactly what it says – a Commonplace Book of images, quotations, reviews, nostalgia and history, sometimes music, and sometimes recycled matter from my long back catalogue of blog posts.
marcellous commented in response:
I understand how you feel. I find myself taking pretty much the same approach, though maybe it is also because of the change in the temperature of the blog world (attention to current issues seems to have Twittified, a step I haven’t taken).
It is also true that I am still sounding off on Facebook or even Twitter — or at the very least posting links to things I do want people to see.
Is it my imagination, or is there a sort of weariness in at least the Australian blogging world just at present? On a number of the blogs I follow, posting has declined in frequency. As marcellous notes, some have become twittified. Others like Neil or Helen Dale use Facebook extensively. Still others are using LinkedIn groups on the professional side instead of blogging.
Like my blogging colleagues, I use other platforms too, experimenting with different combinations. This takes time. For example, after I post, I put details of the post on my public Facebook page or on Twitter; I tend not to use Linkedin groups very much. All this takes time. Then there is the time involved in scanning feeds.
My personal Facebook page has become quite a useful resource, for there I find many of those who used to blog frequently. However, this is also a trap, for it leads me to post things there that once I would have put on the blog. Why a trap? There is a sort of sugar rush from the immediacy of interaction, but I am reaching very few and it's also distorting the main purpose of the page.
I know that many of those who read this blog read many others as well. What's your perception of the present state of the bloggosphere? Has it become weary?