LGF 2014: The State of The SwampPosted: January 15, 2015
This third and probably final entry in the 2014 year end series looks at the overall state of LGF – the weblog covering issues dear to both conservatives and US liberals (current dmoz description).
LGF: Bringing You Thinning Content Since 2007
Way back in 2010, Cato the Elder declared that the content at LGF was becoming “a bit thin”. His LGF account survived for about 13 minutes. Of course, he was correct. At that time, the number of front page posts had already declined more than 50% from the 2007 peak. His comment is even more apropos* now with the post count having declined 7 years in a row — by another 50% since he left.
*note for Charles who doesn’t read here: apropos is correctly pronounced /a-prə-ˈpō/, a·pruh·poe .
For the fourth year in a row, LGF again lowered its all-time record for fewest front page posts.
LGF: Bringing You Fewer Commenters Every Year Since 2007
The Swamp is becoming something of a puddle as the number of unique commenters fell for the 7th consecutive year. The breadth of the commenting community at LGF has declined by 94% from its peak in 2007.
LGF: The Conversation No One Wants To Join
In 2014, the number of first time commenters dropped to an all-time low of 165, a mere 4% of the 4400 that joined the conversation in 2007.
LGF: Charles at the Bottom?
Thinner content, fewer commenters, fewer new commenters, but comment volume went UP for the first time since 2008. Is this the bottom of the slide?