Splat On! is dying. At least I think it might be and I know I’m not the only one.
Here are some of my observations:
- While the MMM and the FOF still get lots of posts, the often more interesting, well researched and more detailed posts in the middle of the week are lucky to get more than 20 posts these days. Although I have noticed a bit of an upswing recently. But, even though there may be a lot of posts, they’re from the same 10-20 people.
- We don’t argue much anymore. We seem to have become a community of agreers and patters-on-the-back. I want to have a fight. I want someone to violently, yet politely, disagree with me and be willing to argue it. (I have been pleased to see some actual differences of opinion this week. They give me hope.)
- With multiple people writing the blog, it’s necessary for us to schedule posts ahead of time. This has led to a distinct lack of comment on the media stories of the day (as Evan used to do) and which used to keep the blog fresh and engender lots of opinion swapping.
- We have become a community. Which is great, but we’re rather an insular community and I think it would be quite confronting for new people to join in, a bit like walking into a party where all the other guests are already there and are close friends and the new person is the only stranger. When was the last time someone new came out of the woodwork and actually stayed around? I’m sorry but, if we don’t encourage new people to join Splat On!, I think it’s going to die.
I don’t want this blog to die. So, for me, there are some questions.
Why don’t the lurkers post (and we know they are there)? Why don’t more people comment on the mid-week posts and why aren’t there more differences of opinion? Is it because those mid-week posts tend to be quite comprehensive? Are we writing too much on a topic; should we just sketch the issue and let the rest of the community do the discussion? Is it that people are too lazy to comment? Are they afraid other people will think they’re stupid? Are they afraid that their writing’s not good enough and I will pounce on any grammatical errors? Is it just that the bulk of people want to MMM and FOF and forget about the rest? I can’t believe that, even though we’re a community of people who are similar in many ways, there are not many many issues on which we have widely differing opinions.
I don’t know. I’ve loved the posts that have been on Splat On! so far. And what attracted me to the original Splat! was the range of topics and learning something new not the FOF which, to be frank, I can live without. Yes, I suppose it’s great to see what we all have planned for the weekend and to ask for and give support when needed (and I am very grateful for the support I received when mum was dying) but it’s not enough for me. I want debate, I want to have fun, I want to learn things, I want to argue for my point of view, I want to meet new people.
What do you think? Is everything fine and I’m deluded? Or is this something we should be thinking about? Agree or disagree, I want to hear your opinions.Tweet this!