Don’t worry, I’m not leaving book blogging, it’s the one thing I’ve kept constant over the past however many years, this is more an observation of something I randomly stumbled upon earlier this week.
I originally wanted to call this post “RIP Fellow Book Bloggers,” because what I’m writing about is sad and it’s also October, so makes sense right? Well earlier this week, I’m still not sure why or how I did it, I found myself cleaning up my RSS feed. I had about 120 blogs under my “Books” label (individuals, libraries, bookstores, etc.). Well I started clicking on them individually and seeing when the last post was made and I was saddened by what I found. By time I finished I found out 57 of the book specific blogs I followed at one point no longer existed. Let me say that again, In the past 3-4 years ALMOST half of the book blogs that I discovered have ceased to exist. It was a bit surreal as I kept clicking and kept finding blogs that no longer existed, blogs that felt like they ended mid sentence and blogs that had turned private.
I know this isn’t really that shocking. How many of us have started other blogs and just let them fade away (I have two others that are just there), or followed blogs friends’ have started to see them disappear within 2-3 posts? Maybe it’s getting “old” in the blogger world, but for some reason it really hit me hard when I found this. Have people disappeared because of that article last year about how book bloggers are destroying the industry? Who knows?
On the plus side(!), I found out that a few book bloggers were definitely still blogging and their RSS feeds had changed. Hi Bridgit and Grace! Can’t wait to catch up on all I’ve missed! (If you’re reading this and I used to comment but haven’t recently, leave me a note because I’ve probably messed something up!) AND some people who started around the time I did or that I started reading then are still going strong! There were even a few bloggers I kept on my list because I know they’re active elsewhere on the internet and I don’t want to miss if they do randomly post again!
So it’s not all boohoo and woe is us. I discover new book blogs all the time and there are still plenty out there I don’t/won’t read because of subject matter and other choices. Honestly, I’m not sure why I felt the need to write this post. I probably could’ve just wrote it in my journal and forgot about it, but I part of me wanted to commiserate with all of the now defunct book blogs (among other types) and say that I hope they’re all doing well.
Does anyone know where I can find stats on average blog age? (It doesn’t have to be book based.) I’m curious, I know the overwhelming majority won’t ever make it past a few weeks/months, but what about those that do?