The Irish Blog Awards are held every year around March.
Along with the Blog Awards, we have the annual angst as to whether blogging is dead in Ireland.
I am beginning to think it probably is.
Recently I did a bit of tidying and unsubscribed to a load of sites. I did so, because a load of them were effectively dead. I am now down to a mere 161 subscriptions.
In the past, I used to fire up my old laptop to see what was going on in the world, and I would be inundated with new posts. It used to take quite a while to read ‘em all. That flood is down to a mere trickle now, and most of the trickle is from overseas. There is still a handful of Irish sites that is updated daily but it is a mighty small handful.
When I started writing nearly four years ago, there seemed to be a new Irish site appearing every day. I noticed too that the vast majority of the people who visited here were Irish. It used to work out that for every two Irish visitors, there was one American and the rest of the world was way down the scale. That has changed dramatically. Now for every Irish visitor, I get at least one from the UK and at least two from America. In other words, my Irish readership has dropped into a comfortable second place and occasionally into third. In fact, nearly half my readership is from the States now, which is somewhat surprising considering the way I used to slate them.
I have often idly pondered on the reasons for this change. It’s not that I have gained a massive following from overseas, but more a case of losing a lot of Irish readers with the slack being taken up elsewhere. I’m not complaining. Everyone is welcome, though I’m still not quite sure why so many people want to read my regular musings.
Maybe it’s because Ireland is going through so many crises for the last couple of years that the Irish have just become numb with apathy? One can only handle so much in the way of scandals, financial disasters and incompetence before just becoming immune to it all and saying ‘what’s the fucking point in arguing’?
Or maybe it’s that fucking Twitter thing?
I blame Twitter.