[Cartoon inspired by: “Take This Blog and Shove It!”]
Evidence of this ennui is everywhere. Amateur blogs, the original embodiment of Web democracy, are showing signs of decline. While professional bloggers are “a rising class,” according to Technorati, hobbyists are in retreat, and about 95 percent of blogs are launched and quickly abandoned. A recent Pew study found that blogging has withered as a pastime, with the number of 18- to 24-year-olds who identify themselves as bloggers declining by half between 2006 and 2009.
[Update] In the comments: “It’s not that blogging is the problem, it’s that people stop at blogging without doing the rest of the great work needed to make a living.”