Why did that blog/website shut down? One person’s loss is another person’s gain, why shouldn’t I start up a copycat blog/website when someone shuts theirs down? That person shut down their blog/website, someone else started up similar one, I will just chat on that one, it’s no big deal is it?

Welcome to the fast paced world of high tech.  There are 7.5 million blogs in the world and one new blog is created every second.  So much variety that if you don’t care for one blog you can find another in a matter of minutes/seconds.

But…for every blog/website that is created some owners are shutting down their blogs and websites too. Most people don’t think about the other side of the equation though until now.

Things you may want to know…

There are a variety of reasons websites/blogs shut down these include:

Personal reasons – website/blog is interfering with a marriage/family life taking, health reasons, etc.

Too much spam – yes, just like when you get spam sent to you by email, blogs/websites receive spam too.  Although, most blogs/websites have protection against this sort of thing it can be very annoying too.

People fatigue – the owner of the blog/website gets tired constantly dealing with the naysayers, the disrespectful, etc.  These people may not only be chatting on the blog/website, but they can also be sending the blog/website owner less than stellar emails, telephoning them, etc. This situation would be equal to putting up with a bad boss/co-workers for months/years, finally you just snap, say you have had enough and quit.

The hackers – this one is self explanatory.  I encourage you to read these news links on this subject:

Article #1

Article #2

Article #3

The stalkers – also self explanatory too, read more about this in the news link below.

Article #4

The money making opportunists – the blog/website owner is providing a free service out of the kindness of their heart and others use the free website/blog as a money making opportunity for themselves. This can take on a variety of forms, from subscription fees for certain types of articles, etc.

Lack of traffic – the number of people looking at the blog/website is minimal or drops off after a certain period of time.

Lack of comments/conversation – makes it very hard for the blog/website owner to determine if people actually like the blog/website itself or the articles posted when people prefer to read the blog/website only instead of making a comment here or there.

Writers block – just like a novelist the blog/website owner can get writer’s block or writer’s fatigue.  

Boredom – days turn into months, months turn into years, years turn into decades.  All good things must come to an end eventually.

Out of style/out of date – some blogs/websites only have so much life in them as long as the topic is popular.  Beanie babies, hockey cards, when will the economy falter, movie star fan clubs, etc.

Time – certain types of blogs/websites can be high maintenance or labour intensive to maintain on a regular basis.  The amount of time spent on a blog/website can interfere with life in general.

Remember…

Blogs/websites shut down for a variety of reasons. If your planning to copy a format of a website or blog that has shut down, it is probably wise that you contact the previous owner to find out all the reasons that blog or website shut down.  You most likely don’t want to inherit someone else’s problems especially if they have been stalked, hacked, etc.

A similar situation holds true for the blogger themselves.  If someone starts up similar blog/website when someone shuts theirs down, you have no idea what you can be setting yourself up for by chatting on the new blog/website especially if the format they are copying was hacked.  

 

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. coconews
    May 27, 2008 @ 09:11:56

    If you are wondering why I refer to the news links as article #1, #2, #3, and #4, this is because you can attract certain people to your blog or website by publishing certain words. Fun, eh?

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  3. Larry Yatkowsky
    May 27, 2008 @ 22:51:28

    There are good, bad and just plain ugly people out there.

    My analogy:
    Not much different than standing on a freeway during rush hour. Keep your arms in, head up, don’t tie up your shoes, watch out for the truck mirrors and hope all the drivers are sober and have had a good day.

    Your points are extremely valid and for those who think it’s easy or friendly re read this post and think again. It’s certainly not all pretty and nice.

    Lesson #1 – Quickly learn how to delete people who pee in their cornflakes.

    Philosophically: Isn’t it just life magnified?

  4. coconews
    May 28, 2008 @ 06:27:43

    Good points, Larry. Perhaps, people have a false sense of security when they are on the internet and think they can do anything they want and remain anonymous. I guess they don’t know about IP addresses.

  5. Larry Yatkowsky
    May 28, 2008 @ 08:20:45

    Re IP Addresses
    memory serves that you can hide them behind a bulk server with one registrants name. (or something like that). I’ve seen this but can’t remember where.

    Question and comment re: Pseudonyms and Anonymous tags.

    In the assumptive belief that assuming these tags will hide our identity are we by extension extending invitations to others who also have something to hide?
    If hiding serves a personal purpose, why then would we choose to expose ourselves in this place called the web, a most outrageous place?

    Curiosity by its nature demands fulfillment with an answer. That answer may derived with good or bad intent.

    A obvious perspective is that curiosity is hightened when the premise is one of secrecy. As such blog authors must decide to whom are they extending invitations.

    I’m just sayin…..

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