LGF 2012: The Year in ReviewPosted: December 31, 2012
As 2012 draws to a close and we pause to reflect on the year passed and contemplate the year ahead, it’s only natural that we may find ourselves pondering of some of life’s eternal questions. For instance,
Q1: How many consecutive years can a once prominent blog suffer double-digit declines in comment volume before it finally bottoms out?
Q2: Has the size of the commenting community at this once prominent blog continued to shrink as well?
A: Yes it has. In 2007, it took 118 people to provide 50% of the comments for the year. By contrast, in 2012 it only took 21:
Of the top 21 contributors in 2007, only 2 remain. However, in the face of all this decline and shrinkage, Gus had his most productive year ever, posting more than 31000 times and setting a few records in the process:
- Gus set the record for most posts in one year by a person not named Sharmuta or MandyManners.
- Gus wrote more comments than the next two posters combined. Unprecedented.
- Gus accounted for a record 7.6% of all comments (previous record: Gus, 2011, 4.4%)
- Two years running, Gus flopped 5 rungs up the all time poster list, kind of like a salmon:
Q3: Is this once prominent blog content with the whole echo chamber mil-yo it’s cultivated during the last few years?
A: Apparently yes. 2012 added only about 200 nics to the rolls of LGF commenters, down about 95% from the 4360 added in 2007.
A: Uh, no. Unlike the Class of 2007 which jumped right into the conversation, the Class of 2012 were mostly lurkers, contributing a mere 2% of this year’s comments.