It’s actually been around for a little while, but I’ve finally remembered to link to it: Suvir’s The Every Now and Then Blog.
That brings the total for the number of blogs belonging to friends of mine, in the Pasadena area, to ten. Not too shabby, considering that the total ran to just two at the start of this year. Which makes it time to provide my opinions on the spread of blogging.
It seems to me that two or probably three is a typical “critical number” amongst any reasonably-connected group of friends. One or two people blogging is a curiosity; three starts to make it interesting, in that everyone else can usually find a new post frequently enough to make it worth hitting the blogs fairly regularly. Thereafter, if our experience is anything to go by, within a few months about half the afore-mentioned reasonably-connected group of friends will have blogs.
I’m going to go out on a limb here, and say that this will mark something of a plateau in blog penetration — at least until a further change in the technology, the form of which I can’t predict. Almost everyone who is interested in the concept now has a blog (with one or two possible exceptions), and the remaining half of the reasonably-connected group thinks we’re being silly.
Of course, I have other reasonably-connected groups of friends, amongst which I now have the only blog. Once another of them starts blogging, though, I’ll be interested to see if the pattern repeats.
Personally, I’m quite pleased to be in on it. Not only does it make for interesting discussions I would not otherwise be having with friends, but it means that (a) I’m going to have some approximation of a “journal” to look back at in future years, and (b) travelling the world will not mean being cut off from news from friends elsewhere.
Exercise for the reader: Make a new group of friends, none of whom are blogging. (Can’t find any such people? Try a nearby impenetrable rainforest). Get two of them to start a blog. Watch (or, indeed, laugh maniacally) as half the group voluntarily surrender any free time they once had.
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