cue the crickets
Now J.T. Kirkland announces that after a five year run, he's thinking about not writing Thinking About Art anymore.
The herd (such as it is) appears to be thinning.
I've talked to a number of other D.C. bloggers over the summer about the problems of keeping up with their respective blogs--particularly when it seems like the platform is eroding or fragmenting anyway, branching into a number of related outlets for the same sort of activity. See Twitter; see Facebook.
And then there's the example of Jerry Saltz, who seems perfectly content to continue to post his electronic musings/campaigning on Facebook, and has said point blank that he doesn't want a blog. Some have argued that he's clearly on the wrong platform--he can't monetize his writing on Facebook; is struggling with an interface not meant to do what he wants it to do; is merely afraid of having to take his electronic side project too seriously, etc., etc.
For me, an admittedly part-time blogger with no real designs for monetizing what I do here, the desire to use Facebook actually makes sense. My blog posts automatically appear in my FB feed, and at this point I tend to get more comments from D.C. folks there than here. (Which makes me wonder sometimes if I should discontinue the practice--is it hurting my stats? Do I have stats?)
That said, I'm still charmed by the way my blog automatically archives whatever I do. I also like having a roster of blogs that I actually read over in my sidebar. And I enjoy the feeling (even if it's a bit illusory) that I'm stitching my voice into a buzzing, jostling web of other viewpoints, all aggregating and interlacing in similar ways.