Has LGF Hit Bottom?Posted: October 10, 2013
And by ‘bottom’, I refer only to the level of comment activity. By most every other meaning of the word, Charles and his fellow travelers are constantly finding new depths to plumb. So, who wants to see some charts?
First, the updated Mission Accomplished chart. Here one can revisit the milestones marking the rise and fall of LGF’s fortunes. In 2002, in an environment of continuing outrage from the 9/11 attack, LGF’s focus shifted from navel gazing to radical Islamic terrorism, and with the blogosphere being barely a zygote of what it is today, LGF began to flourish.
In 6 years, 2003-2008, LGF daily comment level grew from 1000 to nearly 6000. It only took 3 years to plummet back below 1000. So far, 2013 has been essentially flat at around 950. Is this the bottom? Probably not.
Towards the end of 2008, Charles started categorizing his posts. The next chart shows the fraction of posts in seven of these categories during the meltdown years 2009-2012. See if you can spot where Charles changed LGF’s raison d’être.
What makes me think LGF hasn’t hit bottom yet? Just take a look at the current list of major commenters. The table below shows the 20 most active commenters at LGF during 2013. Values shown are comments/day.
A few things to note:
- The Smell of Stagnation: 19 of the 20 joined LGF prior to 2010
- The Signs of Attrition: 12 of the 20 are less active than they were in 2012
- Her Touch of Obsession: Alouette seems to have more time on her hands this year.
- His Cries for Attention: Charles is now the 7th most active commenter on his own blog.