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Monday, July 17, 2006

Another zombie blog in the making?

Is my blog turning into another zombie blog?

Only time will tell. But, from what it looks so far, it has been a zombie blog for the past few months.

So, what is a zombie blog you ask? A zombie blog is not merely one which dedicates its entire content to the description and/or the proliferation of zombies, nor is it a fanpage dedicating to rocker Rob Zombie. A zombie blog, simply put, is an online blog which has ceased to receive its regular updates, or it is so secluded that it never receives any meaningful hits. This is analogous to a stopped heartbeat. Since a weblog will never be taken down unless it contains obscene, nude, or explicit contents or if the service provider (i.e. blogger.com, in my case) got taken down, this halt in heartbeat simply translates into a zombie blog.

There are many possible ways a weblog could turn into a zombie blog. By far the most popular way is the-heat-of-the-moment. Under this method, a blog usually starts out with many frequent updates, but the updates eventually cease to exist either because the author loses interests or he/she finds it particular difficult to come up with something worth writting (i.e. he /she encounters a writer's block). Many of the wannabe bloggers eventually succumb to this method because it looks deceptively easy at first being a blogger. From the first look of it, blogging to an average person seemed easy enough and could be pursued as a regular hobby. However, as time passes by, it becomes increasingly difficult to update the blog. Interruption usually arises because of family, education, work, relationship, personal, and/or political matters which supersedes one's Internet habits.

Another devastating factor which contributes to the raise of zombie blogs is the loss of interest in blogging. Thanks to the amazing online visitor tracking technology (i.e. Site Meter, eXTReMe Tracking, and StatCounter, etc.) available to bloggers. We're now able to track, with extreme precision, on who, when, what, how a visit comes about to our webpages. This technology provides us with a comfort zone of knowing that the contents we wrote are read by the occasional visitors. We no longer have to wait for a visitor's comment to know that our blogs had a viewer. Through the tracking technology, we become instantly elated each time a visitor or two "stumbled" upon our weblogs. On the other hand, we become agitated and disappointed when there's no single hit few days in a roll. Our emotions ride up and down like a rollercoaster each time we reviewed the tracking results, but eventually it comes to a point where a few hits are no longer enough to keep us excited and going. Our blogs then turns into another zombie blog.

So, there're many ways to turn a blog into a heartless, inactive, zombie weblog. It all depends on how you reach it.

What I intend to do is to revive my blog. What about you?

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