When I got hooked on the blogging phenomenon back in 2005, this new (to me) toy was the smartest, hippest, most exciting thing around. Over the next couple of years the gang - meaning all the bloggers I met online - seemed to spend most of their free time writing blogs, reading blogs, and conversing via the comment trail.
Blogging has been a revelation for the writers among us. For the first time ever, we could join and form communities with other writers across the globe and share our journeys in real time. We could support each other and learn about the publishing business from experts in the field. We could gang up on the people who profit from fleecing writers and expose their nefarious deeds for the whole wide Internet to see. Heady days, these. Heady years.
Over the last two years, however, I've seen many of the regulars in my particular circle - most of them writers, naturally - fall by the wayside. Many have stopped blogging altogether. Others put up an occasional half-hearted article. For those who persevere, readership seems to have fallen off drastically. Group blogs have shrunk or disappeared altogether.
So here's my question: Are we bloggers going the way of the dodo, the Polaroid camera and the Walkman? Or have the mere dabblers moved on to the next fad while we the serious people keep the blog fires burning? Take the poll (it's all in fun) and let's find out!