Thursday, April 12th, 2007...6:16 am
The Lifecycle Of A Blog Post
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The picture below originally appeared in the Op-Ed section of the New York Times. I found it amusingly insightful.
Here is my summary of the key points in the life cycle of a blog post.
- Someone writes a post that gets wide publicity.
- A bunch of people in agreement quickly align themselves with the author.
- Soon after those who disagree make themselves heard - loudly. Sometimes their reasons for disagreeing are ridiculous, often they just want to stir things up, or make a name for themselves.
- Those who disagree then attack the author, anyone who supports them, or anyone who’s ever had lunch with them.
- Next you get a bunch of people who jump in the middle acting like a high school principal trying to break up a fist fight. These people like to think they are taking the high ground but the reality is they just don’t have the courage to pick a side.
- The attacks fly thick and fast in every direction and it turns into one big crazy melee.
- At this point you get people switching sides back and forth, and it all gets a little confusing.
- The attacks subside and people start to realise the pointlessness of it all. Most regret getting involved in the first place.
- As the chatter dies down people start joking about the whole incident, interest fades, till eventually no one cares any more.
- Wash, rinse, repeat.
You’ve got to love the Internet.