I expect you to be singing this post’s title in your head to the tune of Paula Cole’s song Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?
But seriously, where have all the bloggers gone?
I feel like the blogosphere has slowed down over the last month or two. I can’t see any indication of it in my stats, but then again, growing search engine traffic can easily drown out what’s happening on WordPress, so it’s hard to tell.
But my Reader feed feels quiet, like there are fewer people posting, and people are posting less often. I’m not mentally on the ball enough to figure out who’s not posting or who’s posting less often, but I feel like there really has been a change. I just don’t know what it is or why it’s happened.
Part of why I wanted to mention this is that it can be easy to interpret a slowdown as being about one’s own blog, especially for newer bloggers, but it can help to recognize there can be broader patterns that have nothing to do with your particular blog.
So, since I don’t trust my memory to accurately figure out patterns, I thought I would ask all of you. Does it seem quiet in the WordPress neighbourhood lately?