One Personal, Sweeping Thought: I think I'm kinda depressed, which likely explains the crap to come below. Usually I have a healthy pessimistic outlook: Expect the worst and you'll never be disappointed.
I suppose the title should properly read "The State of Stim." I simply like the rhythm of "The State of the Stim," however pretentious it sounds to refer to oneself as "the Stim," or "the Jane" or "the John" [which leads to all sorts of fully deserved toilet-related guffawing].
Pretensions aside, I'm drawn to writing that enhances its topic with an underlying rhythm. A long, lyrical sentence describing a sunset at the end of a lazy Sunday. A quick franticness to drive home a fast-paced action. The punch of a punchline. However, as with most art, the underlying elements should stay mostly hidden. An extra ingredient that subtly rounds out the flavor of a dish.
What does rhythm have to do with a blogiversary post? Not too much.
As I mentioned in my second blogiversary post [no link given, because who the hell would actually look this up?], fewer OS bloggers had been writing posts timed for the anniversary of their OS start date. Over the past year, I've noticed even fewer such posts. Why? Don't know. Just an observation.
Here are a few more observations:
- Being at OS for three years really makes me one of the old farts.
- Although most of the names have changed, I still get about the same number of comments per post as I did early in this blog. Obviously, I've learned nothing about increasing my audience.
- The complaints about the cover page content and editor responsiveness haven't changed in three years.
- OS was a closer-knit community when I started. I know that sounds like the geezer griping "back when I was your age," but it's true. OS was closer-knit. A fair number of personal friendships developed. A couple business ventures were attempted. During a short burst, meet-ups became the thing. Someone from each meet-up would post about the gathering, including photos.
- On the other hand, flame wars broke out damn near every week. A lot of good writers left because of the flaming and personal vindictiveness.
- I've never kept track of the number of OS members or what posts had the most readers and such. Has OS membership increased or decreased over the last year or two? How many people left during those recent months when it took a full day for a post to load? I don't know.
- I do know that it's been awhile since I've seen a post with more than 50 unique commenters. By the time he left OS, Steve Blevins would occasionally break 100 unique commenters. And deservedly so. You can look up his posts. Go for it
I violated my general pessimistic principal when it came to OS. This place gives me moments of hope. Somehow OS keeps going despite the ugly stepchild attitude toward it from Mama Salon. That's a tribute to the bloggers who show up everyday, once a week or whenever they can and continue to post, read and comment. We the OS community deserve to pat ourselves on the back. Cause any sane group of people would have chucked Salon long ago.
And that's the State of the Stim.