7 Ages of Blogging (after Shakespeare)
All the blogosphere is a stage, And all the bloggers merely men and women: They have their exits and their entrances; And each blogger in their time plays many parts, Their acts being six ages.
At first the newbie, face shiny from the glow of the screen. Posting and posting with ignorant joy – flooding aggregators along the way. Thrilled like a puppy by the smallest positive comment of a passing clicker by.
Then the comment whore – blazing furnace like after getting noticed. Fired up by the jumps and leaps in the stats. Eager to please, writing to seduce the crowd. Each positive comment a hard earned precious coin. Every negative a barbed rusty blade in the back.
Eventually maturity – with a regular readership. Perhaps a reputation as a solider in many a comment war – with a tendency to have the last word even over the dumbest troll.
Then the virile pinnacle – legendary status. Distinguished by an acquisition of sage like properties. Respect of blogging peers, lessers and elders alike. Patient with the mewling and puking of the newbies. Playing the part during inevitable crisis with wise saws, modern instances and a chilled out vibe,
Ultimately and inevitably: the fading star. Posting frequency a withered and shrivelled shank. Mentioned by others as an absence. At best we hope a happy victim of a fruitfully busier off-line life.
Last act of all, that terminates this predictable eventful history – the dead blog. It floats (if not deleted) mutely in your browser. Sans posts, sans comments by the owner. Perhaps there was the last adieu, but most likely it is a case of quiet abandonment and fade to black.
What ever the cause, another turn of a cycle. Which we in the exotic mystic east know is not the end. But the beginning of another spin. One among infinite.
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Have a good weekend Wonder what the Shakespeare Geek will think of this. Most likely not much.