I started this site four and a half years ago.
Since then I have been musing away for my own satisfaction, and if others want to read it too then that is fine by me.
When I started, I discovered the delights of RSS for keeping an eye on other sites and I started a collection that I read every day. That collection grew as the months went past and it ended up with a couple of hundred sites. Occasionally I add a new one, and occasionally I delete one if I know it’s no longer in use.
Over the weekend I was mucking about and decided to clean out my RSS reader. The rule I used was to delete any site that hadn’t posted in the last year. I thought there would be a few, but to my surprise, I found I had deleted around half the feeds and was sorry to see such once excellent sites being consigned to the bin.
Looking through the remainder, one thing struck me – how few of them are Irish. Only a handful remain and it’s a damned small handful at that. All the rest are in the UK, America or various other outposts of humanity. Where the fuck have they all gone? And more to the point, why?
Of the remaining sites, only around half a dozen are posting on a regular basis and half of them are relatively new at the game.
I blame that fucking Twitter.