Lots of new things in popular culture follows a certain pattern. Somebody does something new and/or different. It becomes popular. Everyone talks about it. The genre is then copied repeatedly until every hack is trying to do the new thing. The novelty then peaks. People quit watching the crappy copies and only the best survives. People quit talking about it because it’s no longer new and just becomes part of the culture.
Examples of this were variety shows on TV Variety shows gained popularity in the 60s, especially the Ed Sullivan show. Then in the 70s it really peaked. Any idiot that was famous got a variety show. Now, the closest thing to variety shows that we have are late night talk shows and SNL.
The same thing happened in the 80s with standup comedy. Every bar owner thought they could be the next Improv and every office “funny guy” thought he could be a comic. Well, the number of stand up clubs eventually declined, but stand up is still done in clubs that know how to run a comedy club.
With that in mind. It seems like interest in Blog Fiction peaked back in 2005. Considering that they only started in 2003 that’s pretty quick. I know things go fast on the internet, but this is ridiculous.
I keep find articles and websites circa 2005(or earlier) about Blog Fiction and very little since. Don’t get me wrong, people are still writing Blog Fiction, but nobody is really writing about it. Here’s some of what I mean:
FictionBlogs is a list of Blog Fiction that hasn’t been updated since January 2005.
Over on BloggersBlog all of their posts about Blog Fiction were in 2005 with one January 2006 exception.
Blog-fic.com used to be a gathering place for Blog Fiction writer’s, but now the site is gone and has been replaced with a scum-sucking domain squatter. (Link not included so as to discourage people going to these sites.
Over at Grand Text Auto, an active blog “about computer narrative, games, poetry, and art”, hasn’t had an post about Blog Fiction since 2005 as well.
The yahoo group fictionalbloggers started and peaked in 2006. It hobbled along until the middle of 2007 and died (right about the time I found it, of course)
The most recently active site that was dedicated to Blog Fiction was Betsy’s Phony Bologna blog. Unfortunately, shortly after finishing her thesis she had to stop writing about them to concentrate on her job.
I think you’re starting to see the point. Based on all the searching I’ve done, Novelr and I are the only ones left still writing about Blog Fiction. And Novelr writes about the more broad topic, Blooks. Or, at least, we’re the only English websites still talking about it. I don’t think that’s a good thing. If more people writing about them, I think it could help to increase the blog fiction audience. I think it’s healthy to have multiple views and angles about a subject. I hope more people will pick up the subject.
If I do find a site, or a section of a site, that is dedicated to blog fiction I will link to it. So far though, there are none that I know of that are still active.
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