I really haven’t had much of a chance to read blogs lately, but I went back through a bunch of blogs that I used to keep up on, only to find that the vast majority have either entirely stopped publishing, or haven’t published a new entry in more than 30 days.
What the hell happened?
I know that a lot of atheist bloggers have given up the ghost, or at the very least reduced content dramatically, over the past year. Even I have decided to scale back how much I post, from a hard 4x a week to whenever I feel like writing something, which has averaged 2-3x per week. And considering I also post twice a week on my YouTube channel, I’m probably producing as much or more content today than I ever was before.
That still doesn’t answer where all of the atheist bloggers have gone. Did they burn out? Did they simply move to other social media outlets? I really don’t know. A lot of the bloggers who actually explained what happened have said they’ve said what they wanted to say and are tired of repeating the same old things over and over. I can certainly agree with that, after almost 11 years of blogging, I have covered just about every topic I can, and even when I think I have a new idea, I find that others have already gone over it exhaustively. There are no new ideas in the world, to paraphrase Mark Twain. This is especially true when it comes to religion because there are no new ideas in religion either. It’s the same old tired empty claims, made without evidence, logic or reason, held emotionally, not intellectually. How many times can you point out the flaws in these arguments before you just get tired of trying?
But still, out of a dozen blogs I used to follow, only 2 still publish with any regularity. 5 are simply gone. None of the rest have published a new post since at least September, I have no idea if they ever will again. Did something huge happen while I wasn’t looking that caused them all to implode, or is it just my bad luck to be following people who, for whatever reason, just don’t want to do this anymore?
It’s an interesting question. It would be nice to find an interesting answer.