...Or is it just mine?
The way we inter-react with the internet is fluid. At one time we found email thrilling and fresh (remember those funny monikers we gave ourselves?) but now it has become as ordinary as a phone call - and letters through the post (apart from bills and forms from the Inland Revenue) died a long time ago.
Then we all had blogs where we could vent our spleens, chart our daily lives and promote our books. After Myspace, Friends Reunited (anyone go there now?) and others fell by the wayside along came Facebook and Twitter and other such social networking sites we are told we can't do without if we call ourselves writers. Publishers demand it, apparently. I wonder what the next 'big thing' will be that we can't do without if we want to be taken seriously.
So why, these days, should I maintain a blog when everyone, his wife and dog has one or six (and given up on them all) and most of us are far too busy/bored/jaded to care one jot about what anyone else has to say on a regular basis. The novelty has worn off.
Then again, some blogs still manage to maintain their following. Some I read regularly attract comments in their hundreds week after week. This proves to me that cream will always rise to the top and attract loyal readers. Those that fail to cut the mustard (like this one) will fail in the same way that I predict the current rising demand for the self-produced e-book will eventually settle down and people will be more picky in their download choices.
So I'm asking you all - my dwindling loyal band of readers - should I quit now? If not, what would you like me to write about? And make it more of a must-read? I can tell that no-one comments now when I write about the books I have read. The biggest response I got was when I wrote about depression but since I am currently doing okay (fingers crossed) I guess I'm ordinary and boring. When I have a bit of a moan, I get a response but when I blog about positive progress in my writing (but haven't yet got anything concrete to show for it) again I draw a blank. I have written advice about writing and run mini 'tutorials' but I guess that because anyone can publish now, who wants to read advice on how to write better or more effectively?
You may not even bother to reply. So be it. C'est la vie and all that. I just like to know the way the wind is blowing and whether I'm wasting my time. But I would be grateful if someone could tell me what the next big thing is.
So I can avoid it...or buy shares in it.