I had an interest in a certain minor web celebrity over the course of the last couple of years. I just recently took note of the fact that I was ignoring him. That made me start thinking about how you can do something that works as far as entertaining people and generating traffic and you can think you are doing everything right and then ***POOF*** your audience disappears.
I think a lot of the time the forces behind this phenomenon are beyond our control.
I think the weird story line that seems to be going on on lonelygirl15 is a desperate attempt to avoid the downward trend. I don’t watch, but the titles and thumbnails are enough to show the desperation pretty clearly.