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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Body Surfing the Web

Have you ever gone to the beach to do some body surfing and swum out to where the waves were breaking... only to miss the last/best wave of the set by mere seconds?

This is especially frustrating since not only do you have to watch jealously as a bunch of other body surfers zoom past you in apparent ecstasy... but you also find yourself out there treading water like shark bait for however long it takes for the next set of waves to build (8, 10, or even 12 waves).

Well, that's nothing compared to the frustration of arriving at a really interesting, well written blog just after it peaks... and the author loses interest and (apparently) abandons it.

Good blogs tend to ramp up like sets of waves at the beach.  It takes a little while for the author to find his/her voice... followed by increasingly powerful posts... and then all too often... silence.

I don't do all that much online reading anymore... but lately it seems that nearly every time I stumble upon (or rediscover) a blog worth following... I end up treading water by myself, while watching the date on the last post recede further and further into the past.

At least at the beach you know your patience will eventually be rewarded and another set of waves will arrive.


Posted by David Bogner on April 3, 2011 | Permalink


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With great power comes great responsibility. (Thank G-d for Spiderman, or I wouldn't have enough really great modern quotes.) You* have the power. Sometimes a blogger just gives up because she/he has no idea her/his voice is valued. (*That was the royal you. Referring not necessarily to Trep, but to any reader.)

Posted by: rutimizrachi | Apr 3, 2011 6:46:47 PM

I don't do all that much online reading anymore..

Cuz the rest of us suck. Yeah, we get it. ;)

Posted by: [email protected] | Apr 3, 2011 8:29:41 PM

In some cases, it's simply that a person had a certain number of ideas that deeply engaged him, and once they are thoroughly thrashed out, the well is dry. To me, the most poignant example is "To Kill a Mockingbird". The craft, artistry, and care that went into writing that book should have spawned a whole career, but that's not what happened. What distinguishes the ones who keep on producing is the discipline to bring the talent to bear on fresh new ideas.

Posted by: Barzilai | Apr 4, 2011 12:24:33 AM

More than five years.
I'm still gibbering.
When you're off your rocker to begin with, you don't get any more crazy. Just different crazy.

Posted by: At The back of the Hill | Apr 4, 2011 3:41:38 AM

I totally agree with you, Trepp. I have 6-10 blogs that I've found incredibly fascinating, only to find that the blogger has quit updating it.

Sometimes it's burnout. I know I used to post regularly and now I post infrequently. Sometimes the real world becomes too busy for blogging... and sometimes they move to a new medium, like Twitter (the bane of my existence).

Posted by: ProphetJoe | Apr 4, 2011 9:16:28 PM

...that's just because everyone is migrating to either Twitter or Facebook. You know...the web evolving and such things. In just five more years you'll hear the kids say things about how blogging feels sooooo 2010ish.

Posted by: a. | Apr 4, 2011 11:47:21 PM

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