Calum Carr wrote, not so long ago:

I have noticed that blogging, in general, is in a dip – at least those blogs I read.  There are far fewer posts.  It’s as though blogging has had its day as a mass medium and we are in a phase where numbers drop and only those hardy souls and those who have massive readership keep going.

I’m not sure about the massive readerships – many bloggers have just “good” readerships but keep going mainly because something always seems to come up.  One thing I have noticed though is that there is a flatness to the atmosphere in this country.  It may have escaped the notice of Cityunslicker, who asked where the September/October crash went but it came in on time and many lost their jobs.  It’s in the economy, not in the City.

There’s not only that flatness, that jadedness in people worn out by the constant corruption, privation, worry about jobs and mortgages and so on but those in work are being kept with their noses to the grindstone and firms want their pound of flesh and more.  In short, the atmosphere is not good.

However, this is no reason to stop blogging – in fact, just the opposite.  Issues are now coming to a head and far from blogging having had its day, bloggers are needed now more than ever.  Just because people don’t always respond, doesn’t mean the message hasn’t sunk in and they may be too dispirited to sink once more into the subject.  Most people seem to be looking now for a bit of light relief – not exactly helped by, say, four posts on morality.

Tomorrow or actually from this post through to tomorrow evening, this blog will be on a temporary [I hope] hiatus, mainly due to having to get ready and get things sorted on the domestic front, plus work tomorrow.  Frankly, there’s no time this evening to schedule posts and I’m lucky that JD and Bill were in a position to run some.

Unfortunately, due to a bit of unpleasantness last weekend and coming up to a similar situation this weekend, I’ve had to switch on double moderation.  This will only be until tomorrow evening.  Sorry to readers who wished to comment during this time.

Until we meet again.

7 comments for “Housekeeping

  1. MadPiper
    October 29, 2010 at 21:00

    As a Johnny-come-lately when it comes to reading blogs. Frankly, I wasn’t even interested as aye expected it to be primarily blowhards and ignoramuses. Now eye regularly frequent a handful where i am constantly challenged and/or enlightened. I hope the thoughtful ones continue. Ignore the typos. There were too many I’s for comfort! 🙂

  2. October 30, 2010 at 08:30

    Agreed. That’s why it was called The Depression, because it was so depressing. Even more so for the fact the downturn was entirely avoidable and could be gotten over with much sooner.

  3. October 30, 2010 at 08:38

    Simone de Beauvoir said that every book is a cry for help. Perhaps the decline in blogging output is a reflection of the growing realisation that no-one is coming to the rescue, and we’d better confine ourselves to looking after our own interests.

  4. October 30, 2010 at 11:06

    I agree there will be plenty of things to be blogging about in the months to come.

  5. October 31, 2010 at 02:06

    I think it’s lack of hope. We had an election, but the government continues to grow, as does the national debt (while all bemoan “cuts”). All that has been cut is the rate of increase in public indebtedness. The new government’s policies are just as absurd (e.g. and the “equality” industry continues to fatten itself on its hypocritical scam. However depressed or angry some blogging may sound, a political blogger is impliedly expressing hope that things can be better.

    No hope = no blogging, ergo James and I are optimists (or fools).

  6. October 31, 2010 at 21:48

    I’m just too busy to blog these days; my wife bemoans my long hours leaving her alone with our baby daughter.

    Work is punctuated with dire announcements of yet more job cuts and the canteen, not long ago heaving has an eerie emptiness about it these days.

    Today we went out for a pub lunch. The place was very busy so my wife asks where this crisis is that I talk of so much, so I reminded her that the following the ’29 crash Europe was still deteriorating in ’39 when Hitler invaded Poland. Its early days for us.

  7. October 31, 2010 at 23:30


    I am sure I could provide your wife with much reading to convince her there is a problem right here and now.

    I am not sure it is early days for us, I have been watching the trends since the 80’s. I think it is the later days for us… I have made plans over the years and I think that global crisis might just have beat me to the post…

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