Alright Xanga. I’m pissed at you.
I’ve been blogging here for almost six years. In that time I have never though about quitting this place, but damned if I haven’t been thinking about it lately. I’ve given myself all the standard excuses for why this place has sucked lately. “It’s always a little slow during the summer.” “There are always down cycles.” “People will come back.”
Enough with the bullshit! This place is going down the tubes.
You know what is making this place go in the wrong direction? All of your bitching, that’s what. And I can hear some of you people who think you’re smart saying, “Dave, you hypocrite, you are bitching right now.” To you people I would like to point one thing out. This ain’t bitching, this here is schooling.
I have been watching with disgust as bitching has reshaped the xanga landscape. All of you haters who were sick of seeing the frontpage littered with the same bloggers all the time bitched about the top blogs format. Now the front page sucks more than ever.
Xanga needs to have some sort of distinction between who is front page material and who isn’t. This is not something that should be chosen at random. Like it or not, alot of the writing on here sucks! Not all of it, but there sure is a decent amount of shit. The front page is the face of our franchise! How does it look to prospective new members when they come and see fakers and people who can’t form a proper sentence on the front page? Newsflash people: MOST OF THE FORMER “TOP BLOGGERS” WERE ON THE FRONT PAGE BECAUSE THEY DESERVED TO BE THERE! They actually cared about what they wrote. Not to say that there weren’t others who didn’t deserve more traffic, but there are other ways of achieving that goal. Making top blogs random did not do the job.
Xanga needs to embrace it’s top bloggers a bit more. Try and prevent people from ASM and DearSnippie (both of whom I truly miss) from losing interest. Xanga needs people like them. Love them or hate them, they make xanga an infinitely more interesting place.
On a much smaller level, your negativity is driving people away. This place used to be a lot more light-hearted. Even if people were being douchebags, we would laugh at it and keep moving. It’s getting harder and harder to simply laugh the douchebags off these days. And for me personally, if it keeps causing people like Lissa and Steph to leave, then I will eventually get fed up and say fuck everybody. The people who really care will always know where to find me, and I will always know where to find them.
Let me make one last thing clear. Even though I wrote this to you xanga, I did not write it for you. I have seen way too many people write fantastic advice to their fellow xangans that has fallen on deaf ears. From Dan to saintvi, it just never seems to make a dent with the people who need the most denting. I am writing this for me. Consider it a literary colonic if you will. If it resonates with someone, then so be it.
That is all. Good day to you xanga.