It's strange -- any more, Winter seems to last forever, but years flip by like a cinematic cliche. So much has changed, so much stays the same.
When I started blogging, The Truth Laid Bear blogging ecosystem was kind of fading; Technorati was a going enterprise and Sitemeter was hot. Over the years, Technorati turned its attention elsewhere, or maybe just off, and Sitemeter eventually decided that loading obtrusive adware was the way to monetize. Tam moved to StatCounter and I followed soon after.
At one time, I looked at the numbers daily. Any more, every few weeks is often enough.
There's a definite downward trend. I don't pay the five bucks a month to save stats forever, so I only have about a year, but it's got a slope. Eventually, it'll be like it was back in the beginning, just me and some web-crawlers from search engines, maybe a friend stopping by every so often.
Things have a natural cycle and blogging is on the downside. While Twitter seems to be fading, other short-form social media (Facebook, mostly) are still growing. This is the way of things.
5 months ago