July 31, 2003

The day the blogging died

Blogistan Pie

A long, long time ago I can still remember How those weblogs used to make me smile

And I knew if I had my chance
I could make the Googledance
And maybe Technorati for a while

September always made me shiver
My aggregator would deliver
Bad news in my newsfeed
I couldn't take one more read

I can't remember if I cried
When he cut me from his blogroll side
But something touched me deep inside
The day the blogging died

And they were singing Bye bye wiki necho or pie Took my standard to a body But the body had died

And the good ol' boys
Drinking kool-aid and lies
Singing this'll be the way blogging dies.

Verse 2
Did you write some shitty specs Is the funk in RSS like sex When itís version 2.0?

Now do you believe strict XML
Will save us, how 'bout Jon Udell?
And can you teach me
To install Slashcode?

Well I know that you love Six Apart
But I still canít tell their pix apart
Youíre changing hosts again
Man I dig that Mena and Ben

I was a middle-aging writer hack
With a fast connection and a Powermac
But I knew I had popped the stack
The day the blogging died, I started singing


Verse 3
Now for ten years we've been on the web The pings to Weblogs never ebb But that's not how it's gonna be

When the Journals come from AOL
With their instant buddy chatroom hell
And a voice that came from you and me

The BigCos all were too distracted
Their CMSes got impacted
The ROI was burned
No sunk costs were returned

And while Lessig read the prior art
Salam Pax posted in the dark
And we remembered Xerox PARC
The day the blogging died, we were singin'


Verse 4
Metafilter's interface like gopher With a filler thread from a jaded poster Daypop Top and fallin' fast

Extensible is just a notion
The players tried for some forward motion
With Pirillo on the sidelines with his chest

The war blog line got stale and old
While Gawker played a snarky role
We all got options then
But we never cashed them in

The VCs tried to take the yield
Installed-base churn did not congeal
Do you recall what extensive usability, quality assurance, and user-acceptance testing revealed
The day the blogging died? we started singin'


Verse 5
And there we were all on one net Three generations lost to debt With new startups to start again

So, come on Marc be nimble, Dave be quick
Meg where's Lafayette, hey Nick?
'Cause Pyra gets the only BlogIt button

And as I watched the TypePad splash
I hoped they had sufficient cash
No business model yet
Makes hosting a safe bet

And as the flames lit up the blogosphere
Chris Lydon lent a kindly ear
I saw RageBoy laughing without fear
The day the blogging died, he was singin',


Verse 6
I met this person, Burningbird, And I asked her for an ontologically meaningful word But she just smiled and made a sound

I went down to the Scripting News
Where some years before Iíd seen the clues
But the server said the file wasnít found

In LiveJournals children screamed,
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was trusted
The permalinks were busted

And the three men I admire most,
Phil Wolff, Mark Pilgrim, and Steve Yost
Kept editing their final post
The day the blogging died
And they were singin' Ö

Repeat Refrain

UPDATE: Added verse 2 and headings [2003-08-03 13:54]. Added verse 3 [2003-08-03 14:25]. Added verse 4 [2003-08-04 20:27]. Added verse 5 [2003-08-05 11:38]. Added verse 6, edited verse 1, moved all but first verse to extended entry / archive page [2003-08-05 16:49]. Added annotation links [2003-08-08 11:09]. Fixed link to Pirillo's chest, fixed spacing typo. [2003-08-08 15:50]. Edited chorus to match rhythm of original (sorry, Pete!). Added link from "The players" in verse 4. Also, note here that the song is currently "Daypop Top" and not yet (but soon, no doubt) "falling fast." [2003-08-10 20:16].
Posted by xian at July 31, 2003 10:49 AM

this a joke or did someone die?

Posted by: Lotas at July 31, 2003 11:02 AM

no one died as far as i know. this is a random riff on a momentary feeling, with an invitation to other people (who more obsessively remember the underlying source song) to fill in additional verses.

It is neither a joke nor an editorial. It is a mood. It is a bit of writing.

Posted by: xian at July 31, 2003 11:15 AM

the scansion in line 2 of verse 5 limps. Change 'necho' to 'rss' (pronounced 'arse') and it works.

You have to work a little bit at the last verse, but it's not unapproachable. Nicely done.

Posted by: alwin at July 31, 2003 11:30 AM


Posted by: xian at July 31, 2003 11:43 AM

just checking to see if it was actually about someone dieing, cause i linked to it from my site and was joking about it. good. i like the original too.

Posted by: Lotas Smartman at July 31, 2003 11:55 AM

I like your lyrics soo much I have issued a challenge with $20 USD prize money for the first reasonably sung version of your lyrics with appropriate instrumentals.

Posted by: Duncan at August 2, 2003 6:20 AM

Cool, since no one has stepped up to the plate, I've gone and written a second verse, and am about to update the entry with it.

Posted by: xian at August 3, 2003 2:01 PM

All done.

Posted by: xian at August 4, 2003 5:16 PM

Absolutely brilliant. Where did this idea come from? I only wish you could have fir 'radio userland' in there somewhere -- it has such a poetic lilt to it. And BTW, Meg told me today that Lafayette will definitely be out by year-end.

Posted by: Dave Pollard at August 7, 2003 9:17 PM

_This_ is wonderful. Proof that the best writing appears on Fridays and Sundays.

Nicely done, xian.


Posted by: Burningbird at August 8, 2003 12:41 PM


Posted by: Bob Monsour at August 8, 2003 2:36 PM

This is great! The last verse is my favorite, by far.

Posted by: Adam at August 8, 2003 2:46 PM

Stunning. Marvelous. Amazing. Brilliant.

Posted by: Jesper at August 8, 2003 3:23 PM


Posted by: Chris Pirillo at August 9, 2003 10:41 AM

Guitar and vocals definitely needed, or to be technology-correct: ringtones! Nice idea on the contest, Duncan, and I bet you'll have more than your fair share of takers.

Posted by: TDavid at August 9, 2003 1:04 PM

This is positively beautiful. It's like everything I want to say, but couldn't put into words. This is one blog-juicy song.

Posted by: Lauren at August 11, 2003 6:02 AM

This is so funny...I can't believe some one had the time to write this! Wow...my friend doesn't think its the least bit funny but who cares I do...

Posted by: Bulma at September 30, 2003 1:09 PM
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