Obviously you’re reading this site, but is there something else you should be doing right now? Cleaning, paying bills, going to church, helping your kids with homework, or heaven forbid…should you be working right now? Are you on your employers dime? I would bet that relatively few careers require reading blogs. So where does that leave the mid-day blog reader? Are they predominantly retired or perhaps unemployed? Are they predominantly slackers who should be working? Are they all night shift workers who would rather blog than sleep during the day?
Last week I read Sam Taylor’s Record page views day post at the Herald blog. Quite coincidentally this was the very same day that Sam partially regurgitated one of my posts into their blog as Wally: Left-leaners pulling Jedi mind trick with district-only voting issue. The big attention grabber came a day later when I checked the Herald’s comment RSS. Sure, there were a lot of comments on the Wally: Left leaner thing but the wow! came from seeing the overall number of comments that were written while I was working to support my family.
On 12/4 there were about 72 comments during the roughly normal 8:00am-6:00pm working time and on 12/5 there were another 50 or so during the same time period. Herald staff, mostly Sam, were responsible for 10ish comments each day leaving the other 40-60 comments coming from people who should have been doing….perhaps something other than commenting.
And those who actually commented are only the flea on the tip of the iceberg. How many people are reading blogs instead of doing…something else that they should be doing. It makes one wonder about the demographics of the midday blogging audience as a whole. Are they a bunch of slacker and deadbeats? No, that would be presumptuous of me to say that. I’m sure they are just like you and me, except they don’t work during the day.
Does this all mean that the blogosphere is destined to be ruled by deadbeats, slackers, professional bloggers and the retired? Where is the working mans blog! I’m going to talk to the democrats about taking some of your money for a focus group. This must violate a constitutional liberty. We need blogging justice now!