Maybe part of what I’m seeing is because I’m exposed to such a small fraction of the chess blogosphere. Most of the chess blogs I read are from grizzled veterans, and reading between the lines, here’s the sense I get:
1. We are actually sick of seeing games analyzed on chess blogs, are subconsciously aware of this, and do the analyses more for our own benefit.
To be perfectly honest, I rarely replay over games unless something really caught my eye (then again, I don’t analyze my own games anymore, so there’s that.)
2. We read so many blogs, any posts more than a couple paragraphs are now a burden to read. Including this one. (Possible exception: David K’s blog)
3. The non-chess and tangentially related posts are now more interesting. These also tend to generate more comments.
: I agree with #3. I don’t blog about chess, and my posts generate much more interest and comments than Donnie’s. I guess I’m not boring, like him.
Of course, there are the people on vacation, are changing the blog’s focus, or who just quit chess for various reasons. Maybe it’s just that a lot of blogs are simply past their expiration date*, and the writers have lost interest.
Am I wrong? Is it just me?
In the meantime, while you ponder the above, I’m going to be an attention whore and link to Vicary’s blog for no apparent reason.
*: But don’t worry about me. Unlike most eggs, I don’t have an expiration date.