You'll have noticed that things have been a little quiet around here lately, as they were for a bit not too long ago. It appears that it is not just me. Others have been quieter than usual with Corvida giving an eloquent explanation as to why.
I completely agree with her.
It's not just that the technology has plateaued, it's not just that the conversation stalled but, somehow, that the social web has lost its spark.
We moan about the echo chamber and dream of social media ubiquity but once things get more 'mainstream' our precious corner of the web seems to become less relevant. We seek out friends who are not talking about the same old stuff but end up with a screen full of items we have no interest in.
I've spoken about balance on many occasions but it appears that a balance is almost impossible to achieve. Do we embrace the noise or just stop lying to ourselves and admit that the echo chamber is where we belong and is what brought us here in the first place?
We demand a wider scope of interest but get bogged down in the inevitable banality that accompanies it.
Mark mentioned that we can welcome the late adopter if we can be willing to go over old ground but we have already been recycling the same things over and over amongst ourselves even without the late adopter exacerbating the problem; it is hard to stay positive and focused amongst the endless repetition.
I have had post ideas but have not been able to complete them, is that burnout or just apathy? Perhaps a bit of both.
Social media can be tremendously addictive and I'll admit to getting addicted - wanting to miss a trick and having the desire to be involved in every conversation. Now, however, I am like the addict in therapy going through the withdrawal looking for a less potent substitute to wean me from these stuff.
I had a post in the works about the causes and nature of addiction as it related to social media and the web as a whole (is there a better or worse type of addiction) but lost the flow. I also know many would not read it all as they do not like long posts so there developed an element of 'why bother'.
There is a lot of rubbish spouted in the name of web 2.0, SEO, blogging and social media - a lot of what gets rolled out as trade secrets is really just common sense and breaking the so called golden rules is really normally more effective.
Who created these rules anyway?
Do we really want a web full of generic content because a few individuals show us the ways to be a success? Of course not and if you flood the market with an army of clones then nobody wins as there is only so much 'success' to go round.
What was special about the social web has been swallowed up in our quest to educate the masses.
Looking back over recent posts I suppose that that has been coming for a while; I have spoken about the need to do something different and to change the record so that is what I am going to do.
I am going to take a break from blogging and even the social web itself. Perhaps after some time away I will be able to return refreshed and maybe, just maybe, the conversation will have moved on. I have a couple of short breaks coming up so this seems the ideal time to get away for a while.
In the meantime please feel free to get in touch by email as I'll at least always have that to hand on my phone.