|Some imagination still exists on Unter den Linden in Berlin.|
I was reading a post on the Independent Wargames Group about the "death" of a number of wargaming blogs in recent years. It made me think of the long roster of Imaginations Blogs that are listed on the Emperor versus Elector blog, which provides live news feed lists of updated blogs. I'd noticed this same phenomenon awhile ago but hadn't thought to blog about it. So Robbie Rodis's comments got me to thinking about it again.
|Dead blogs or just casualties of a different kind?|
I did a list of what I consider to be Dead Imaginations and found the following:
Listed by last/most recent blog posting:
Deleted Blog = 1 blog
Ten Years = 7 Blogs
Nine Years = 6 blogs
Eight Years = 5 Blogs
Seven Years = 6 Blogs
Six Years = 9 Blogs
Five Years = 12 Blogs
Four Years = 7 Blogs
Three Years = 6 Blogs
Two Years = 6 Blogs
One Year = 11 blogs
Less than One Year = 27 blogs
I think that the total number of Imaginations listed on EvE comes to 103 blogs of which 38 are somewhat current with recent posts of one year or less. There are some other Imaginations that are listed in the Other Blogs of Interest section, such as The Grand Duchy of Stollen, to name one, that should have been placed in the Imaginations category. So I'm going to adjust that number to 104 Blogs in the Imaginations Category.
In my mind, if you haven't posted on your blog in over 2 years then you are Inactive. If you haven't posted a blog entry in over 5 years then you probably have a dead blog.
|Where oh where did all of those Imaginations blogs go?|
So what happened? Well if we go back ten years from now we arrive at 2007 which was probably the high water mark of the Old School Wargaming and Imaginations fad. I believe that the term "Imaginations " was originated on the Old School Wargaming yahoo group that was started by Patrick Lewis. That group itself is on life support these days as most of the more active posters in that group sheared away into their own Blogs/endeavors or simply lost interest in OSW. Now a number of the group members have gone on to be regular writers of their own Blogs .
Also, other forums have drawn a good following of people who might have been regular visitors to the OSW group.
Part of me wants to say that interest in Imaginations waned once the central storehouse of ideas fizzled out on the OSW Group. For others, Imaginations were a moth attracted to the bright light and once the flame of enthusiasm began to flicker, so too did interest in writing blog entries. Probably the biggest reason for blog flame out is that interest in blogging on a regular basis simply diminishes. It can take a lot of effort to sustain the blog with creative writing and content. Family and Life Events take precedence over the Wargaming hobby so it is only natural that a large number of Blogs go inactive. I suppose that blogs are kind of like restaurants in that most will fail fail in the first year or two due to lack of interest.
All that said, there are plenty of good blogs that are thriving and most of them have nothing to do with Imaginations. The Elector vs Emperor feed is one of the first blogs that I check each morning because I can see which blogs have something new posted, and this information is all in one place, which is very convenient