There’s been some sad news in the blogosphere. It took me by surprise somewhat – in fact, I found out through Vidyala’s post today over at Manalicious. Like many of us, she’s looking around at the community and the blogs closing one after another and trying to figure out how she feels about it. What she’s ended up with is a mature view on the community that deserves our respect – and agreement.
Vidyala starts off talking about some of her emotional pulls, and that empathically if someone else is hurting or laughing she feels along with them. And in the blogosphere recently there’s been plenty of lethargy and folks not knowing which way’s north. Vidyala says she’s felt it herself. But the crux of her post is the strong conclusion she’s come to: she, and we, don’t have to give up on writing about things we still love if others are.
I still have things to say. I still have people to talk to, and the WoW community brings me so much. You’re not even remotely done listening to me ramble, and I think that’s okay. In the wake of Tam leaving, and again with Larisa’s decision to stop blogging, I’ve heard people say things like “We can’t ever be the same without them,” or suggest that the end of their blogs is somehow a sign of the end. It’s bothered me that some comments seem to be that there will be nothing of quality left.
Vidyala’s calling for you to do something. She’s got a specific action for bloggers and for blog readers, and in both cases what she’s asking you to do is A Nice Thing ™ and could make someone’s day. She’s right too, it’ll also really help revitalise the blogosphere – and us – to remember that there’s still new blood with blogs springing up everywhere, and to know that readers do care. Vidyala’s set a great example; I really hope we can follow it. We aten’t dead.
Updated: and just to prove it, Fannon’s fresh off the press with a post in support of Vidyala’s rallying cry. He’s wondering what a non-blog reader player thinks of WoW at the moment – interesting question. And he calmly and stoically states the game will continue just fine without X or Y player because it’s much bigger than any one of us – and besides, there are a whole lot of new bloggers coming up, a lot of whom he lists. Good going, Fannon.
What do you think – is the WoW blogosphere going through a downturn and what can we do about it if so?