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I have nothing new to say about cricket so I decided to get rid of my (near) dead blog, Back Foot Drive which I had started a few months ago (url now invalid). Even at the time of starting it, I was quite tentative and knew that I might discontinue it at some point. Maintaining a niche blog is quite a difficult task, particularly if one lacks intense and long-term passion about the subject. I neither had the expertise nor the motivation to compete with other niche blogs in the field and so I thought "what's the point in keeping a dead blog clinically alive?"
The last update was end of April (April 2 and I hadn't really felt too keen on continuing to write about cricket (as I mentioned just recently). It takes a lot of effort to find an audience for niche topics, particularly when an independent, unaffiliated individual is in direct competition with an array of established websites with paid columnists writing about the same subjects. I was neither an expert analyst nor a blindly passionate fan of Indian cricket to continue writing about day-to-day events in the cricketing calendar. The politics of cricket also gets a bit stale over a period of time and I knew I wasn't really writing anything a whole lot different from hundreds of other newspaper columnists and online journalists.
It was an interesting experiment while it lasted and I got a good look at a blogging tool which I'm not really familiar with (blogger.com). It was also an easy way to set up an experimental blog without too much effort. So all that effort wasn't in vain and I at least found out that niche blogging is not for me, at any rate!
Posted on Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 11:27 IST (last updated: Wed, Oct 29, 2008 @ 22:40 IST)