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Bob Graham’s blog lies dormant

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Few new blogs received as much attention as former Senator Bob Graham’s foray into the new media. Jokingly hailed as the father of Twitter because of his obsessive notetaking, Senator Graham should have taken to the blogosphere like a duck to water.

Unfortunately, it looks as if Graham is just one of millions of people who launch a blog, only to let it lie dormant not soon after its launch.

Graham’s blog, Spiral Notebook, has not been updated since its inception on August 4. There’s been no entry from Graham about the town hall meetings or the public option or Tim Tebow or Joe Wilson. Nothing.

But Graham is really no different from most people who start blogging. According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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