Saturday, October 31, 2009

#10 Know When to Quit

Way back in 2007, I was doing a series on the 10 Commandments of Blogging. For those of you who missed it, here are the first 9 Commandments:

#1 Pick a Platform
#2 Win the Name Game
#3 Find your True Colors
#4 Hit Your Target
#5 Be Consistent
#6 Comment Unto Others
#7 Think Themes
#8 Add On
#9 Track the Facts

Now, nit-picky people may have been upset that I never finished this series. Truth be told, I purposefully held out for a time such as this. The 10th Commandment for bloggers is... Oh wait, I already told you with my title!

There is a time and a place for everything. The time for blogging as we knew it seems to have ended. The place for blog-like practices seems to be facebook (or will it be twitter). If I'm serious about Commandment #9, then it inevitably leads to Commandment #10. When I blogged #9, my blog had just had it's been ever day, week & month. As I type #10, my blog is on the decline (and has been for a while).

2005: 47k hits
2006: 58k hits
2007: 62k hits
2008: 48k hits
2009: 31k hits (estimated)

In other words, my blog peaked in 2007 and is dying fairly drastically. And so, I'm retiring. Not from blogging... Just from caring! In the past I wanted readers. I wanted hits. I felt bad if I didn't post. But lately I don't care, I don't count, and I don't feel bad. The Matthew Never Knew is hardly ever new these days! From now on I'll post when I post (and Katie can do likewise).

Then again, I'm a big fan of Favre.


Bryan said...

Graet speech brings tears to my eyes

Katie said...

Bryan- Because you're sad, or are they tears of joy because you can finally stop reading the Matthew Never Knew Blog???

sheila said...

I'll keep looking for updates, and will be pleasantly surprised when I find them. In God's Love, sheila

Dena said...

it is kinda sad blogging is dying, but i guess we are on to other things. i have always enjoyed your posts, though, and yours too now, katie.

matthew said...

I am actually looking forward to posting once in a while now.... before I dreaded having to come up with stuff

Scott said...

I am impressed that you lasted as long as you have. I am a Farve fan!

Sarah G said...

Random thought based on a brief attempt at skimming the last few weeks of entries.... I thought Katie's post on fog was great :) The video game comment made me laugh and I as well love driving by a park which appears to be in a world all its own, covered in a mist so perfect...