Justify Your Existence
January 14, 2010
The blogosphere has often been compared to an ecosystem, in which blogs are creatures, fulfilling a specific niche. Their success is linked directly to how well they do so, and should their niche change, they must adapt to the new circumstances or find their readership dwindling and their enthusiasm for blogging dying off. The lifespan of most blogs may be brutish and short, but the system works: successful blogs endure, and blogs that are no longer relevant evolve, or their writers find new blogs to which they can bring fresh enthusiasm.
In this well-balanced system, Yesterday’s Salad presents an anomaly. It effectively died several months ago, yet in recent days, it has lurched back to life at an alarming pace of posting. So, is the resurgent Yesterday’s Salad a triumph of the system, showing that blogs have evolved so thoroughly that they can emerge from a seemingly cataclysmic torpor, much like a frozen iguana? Or is it an aberration of the natural order, liable to infect other blogs in burgeoning zombie-blogging storm?