Posted at 22:34 IST (last updated: Thursday, 23rd April 2009 @ 22:40 IST)
I've been wondering - and it's been on my mind more often of late - is it time to close my blog and take out my content? There was a time when I felt that at least a few regular readers were responding and there was some motivation to write and express creativity. In recent times, however, I've not exactly had a lot of encouragement to continue blogging. This encouragement hasn't died down all of a sudden. In the last 6 months, there has been a definite and marked decline in readership which has reflected in the number of articles I've written during that period (or vice versa - it's had a spiral effect). Even without user stats availability, I can gauge that interest in blogging in general is at an all time low since (say) 2005. I am guessing that only one or two regular readers definitely read this blog now. Or if more people read, I've not had any indication of it. It's been like communicating in a vacuum of late; at least going by responses to my articles in the last few months. I do not like writing in vacuum. I have no interest in 'personal blogging'. I've had enough trying to get people to respond. I'm weary of the Internet's 'social' ways which has proved only to be a marketing terminology for the big corporates and nothing to do with real human contact. That's one reason I hate social networking sites. They've killed spontaneity in communication and the human touch by generating tons and tons of spam for a grain of genuine content. E-mail is no longer a one-on-one communication channel but the playground of spammers and a tool for notifications. Bloggers no longer seem to comment out of interest, but more as a way to get a back link. The time has long gone since I had the enthusiasm to draw in new readers. I no longer have that enthusiasm, particularly when even bloggers I know and communicate with on their blogs do not respond in like manner. It's boring to write a thoughtful comment and get no responses. It's like people have lost all their courtesy and respect for fellow bloggers who actually take time out to read their content. Leave that aside, it should at least be common courtesy to acknowledge the presence of a human being, even if it's only an online presence. In short, I'm feeling slightly embittered. Is this the last blog entry then? Most likely not. But I'm sensing that it's very near the end. I've about had it with writing when nobody (or very few people) responds. To be quite frank, I don't even know how many people will read this and how many will care. However I do thank my regular readers though for the support given to me all these years.