Wednesday, June 04, 2008

5 Years of Blogging

Today marks my 5th year of maintaining Gone Mild. Numerically, it amounts to more than 1200 posts, more than a million unique visits, a bunch of new friends, a couple lost ones, and countless hours that could have been spent doing other things.

5 years is old for a blog, but I think those who attempt to analogize blog chronology to "dog years" or some other mammalian aging process are mistaken. I would compare it to the aging of a tree. A lot of them get planted, but not very many flourish beyond the seedling stage. Most blogs shut down after a couple months, when the writer has satisfied his or her itch to write a few things off his or her chest, and sees that maintaining an online diary and building an audience takes time and effort.

A blog that gets past the seedling stage can go on forever, if it chooses. The only real requirement for blog longevity is writer stubbornness. The only real threat to individual blog survival is writer distraction or mortality.

Of course, the real threat to blogging as a whole is some climatic change - a dutch elm disease, if you want to carry the tree analogy further. Perhaps some new technology or application, like Twitter only bigger and better, will come along and replace blogging as a medium, or maybe some politician will decide the internets need to be more regulated.

So, until blogging is destroyed, I die or I find something better to do, please keep reading and commenting.

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11 Comments:

Anonymous Average Jane said...

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I'll keep reading as long as you keep posting.

6/04/2008 7:49 AM  
Blogger Keith Sader said...

You know what's scary? I always thought your blog was older than mine. Mine started in February of 2003 for those keeping track. Wierd, I'd always considered you the elder blogger of KC :-)

Well here's to hoping you keep blogging for another five years!

6/04/2008 8:07 AM  
Anonymous heidi said...

Congrats Dan, and glad to have you still around and kickin'!

6/04/2008 8:40 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Congratulations. You forgot to mention the number of new people who think you are an asshole. That is an important and impressive number. I think you're ok though.

6/04/2008 8:46 AM  
Blogger Spyder said...

Congrats Dan! You inspired many to start blogging!

6/04/2008 9:27 AM  
Blogger les said...

Stay stubborn, dude. Eye on the navel.

6/04/2008 9:43 AM  
Blogger Melinda said...

Congratulations Dan! Love the tree analogy. I'm stealing it for later use.

6/04/2008 9:12 PM  
Blogger Reverse_Vampyr said...

Congratulations, Dan! Kudos to you for keeping an eye on local as well as national politics. Thanks for continuing to share your opinions and insights. We may not always agree, but I always enjoy hearing what you have to say and hope to do so for many years to come.

6/05/2008 10:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe you should find another hobby and get out of the house.

6/05/2008 1:09 PM  
Blogger Waldo Oiseau said...

FIVE YEARS! Geez, that is amazing ... and you've kept it interesting and fresh! Way to go!

6/05/2008 10:25 PM  
Blogger Capt. Geoffrey Spaulding said...

Congrats Dan!

Cheers-
Groucho

6/06/2008 10:56 AM  

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