I am not bitching about the free ice cream here but...
Folks I have to ask : Is JU dying the death of a thousand cuts? Or the death of 12 blog posts a day perhaps?
I posted this yesterday morning (AZ time) and 24 hours later there have only been 12 blog posts made in all of JU? I rmemebr when Gideon was posting that many per day by himself! (I am not bitching about the lack of commentary in my articles... maybe if I wasn't so prone to random blog hiatii I would keep a reader base).
Hell here is Brad's article from way back in February 2004 when JU was just breaking 80 posts a day (we definately went higher than that too).
Additionally there were only 72 comments total in 24 hours on those 12 posts with more than 85% coming on 2 Window Blinds crossposts. Even "feaured articles" are hardly getting comments or pageviews (nothing even close to a year or two ago).
Bloggers stop blogging when they stop getting readers/feedback (another Draginol article).
What happened to tthe community we used to have here? Brad has blogged about the blog community lifecycle (you would not believe how long it took me to dig this up under the new interface) and ostensibly we are in Stage 5 (stabilization) but I don't think that stabilizing at 12 posts on a Monday is a healthy place for JU to stay at.
IMHO we did Stage 4 (Exodus) a few times with the last and nearly fatal Exodus coming with the JU site interface upgrade. I know for a fact that the new interface feels horrible for me personally and it has interfered with me resuming a regular posting schedule multiple times (I know, I know... just calling for the waaaaahhmbulance).
I know the Stardock folks have bigger and better irons in the fire other than JU but I have to think Brad would still like this site to suceed right? It just seems like it has started into a death spiral after the user interface upgrade.
It would be sad if JU dies out just because the interface has gotten clunky, cluttered, and less useable (sorry I just liked the old one a lot more functionally speaking). Maybe just bring back the old clean interface? Stylistically/funtionally speaking I think we have driven off a cliff for JU.
Then again, what do I know... I would rather hear what the folks who still blog here think.