Cue the folk music, Pete

Where have all the bloggers gone?
Long time passing.
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Long time ago.
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Spammers have picked them ev’ry one.
Oh, when will you ever learn?
Oh, when will you ever learn?

My RSS reader stays pretty grey these days. Many of the past everyday reads of edubloggers seems to have sputtered out.

The Davids’s, Carter-Tod, Davies, and Wiley are rather infrequent, maybe off chasing Goliaths. James is on “hiatus.” Even my buddies D’Arcy and Brian seem to be busy off doing non-blogging.

Maybe they have moved on to Wiki-ville.

To be honest, it takes a major sort of OCD behavior to keep at this (unless one wins on blogging for dollars blogging activity. Unless you have the energy and reach of Stephan, the sheer volume of links as Bruce, the internal drive of Will, or the meglomania of Dave the Magnificent, how long can you keep the pace of blogging before imploding?

It appears, with some rough guestimation, that it takes about a year before a regular eduBlogger reaches the burn-out point…. which means I have about 3 months left in the gas gauge before I start to f-a-d-e away.

Seriously, it calls into question how the practice of blogging will sustain, or is the norm that there will be waves of new passionate bloggers on the speed curve, and the waning decline of the seasoned writers? What will become of this litter of un-maintained blogs, proliferating Google-dom?

Does it mean we get more echo blogging (direct regurgitation of news from elsewhere) and less original writing?

What can it mean for educators who have high hopes of students keeping up a regular blog pace?

What does it mean the blogging is now a staple of schlock marketing outfits???

I have no idea except my blog clock is ticking.

Now for the refrain..

Where have all the bloggers gone?
Long time writing.
Where have all the bloggers gone?
Long time Pyra.
Where have all the bloggers gone?
They’ve gone and got a real life.
Oh, when will I ever learn?
Oh, when will I ever learn?

The post "“Where have all the bloggers gone?”" was originally pulled charred and crispy from a smoky charred oven at CogDogBlog (http://cogdogblog.com/2003/12/where-have/) on December 3, 2003.

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