Today was one of those ‘Four Wedding and a Funeral’ days (know what I mean?!) when time got the better of me. I didn’t oversleep and miss a wedding (or a funeral). Nor did I forget a meeting or overshoot a deadline. But I felt like either was possible all day. And yes, expletives were a feature. Thankfully the day is near an end, for me at least. But as I try to coax my brain into a more leisurely state, I hear a voice nagging “What about your blog? You haven’t blogged for three weeks.”
This time I can’t ignore it. So back to the keyboard I go.
I’m typically someone for whom blog writing is an iterative process. A theme or angle germinates for a few days before it makes it to a live post. I tip a few paragraphs onto a page and keep coming back to it as other thoughts occur to me. I know that’s not the way it’s meant to be done – blog writing is supposed to be a spontaneous thing – but each to his own, I say. Well this post will be different. I am going to finish it and make it live in 20 minutes. At least I’m going to try.
No careful thought into links. No wrestling with the words. Just a ‘from the heart’ blog post about how it feels to…not blog.
Uncomfortable – blogging should be a regular thing. A 3 week gap gives me a conscience.
Vulnerable – who’s taking advantage in the search rankings while I snooze?
Disorganised – I’m a list person and ‘blog’ has languished on the list for too long this time.
Perhaps more interesting though, I’ve missed it. The writing, that is. Burbling away in the ether is fun! And I enjoy writing. But I always vowed I wouldn’t clog up the blogosphere for the sake of it. There’s enough noise out there without Marcie Bell adding to it with ill-conceived thoughts on Social PR and all its innuendos. So I guess I’ve stayed true to that pledge.
My problem is that as a hands-on consultant I often err into delivery, because I enjoy it. But more hands-on work means less time for blogging. I often wonder how the seasoned bloggers keep it up? It seems effortless for the likes of Chris Brogan and Neville Hobson. Second nature even. Still, my blog is young and all is certainly not lost. There are lessons to learn from this period of inactivity. And some quick and easy fixes. I need to:
- refresh my blog schedule AND STICK TO IT!
- get comfortable with shorter, more ad hoc posts
- line up more guest posts to liven things up and relieve the pressure
- stop worrying
Any other thoughts? I wonder how you other bloggers cope with the expectations of the blogosphere? Is it full on, unbridled enjoyment all the way? Or does it sometimes feel like a chore? Will I get any honest answers, I wonder…?
PS I met my challenge and wrote this post in 20 minutes. Made two v small changes the following morning (including this comment) but heh! I did say my blogging was an iterative process. Old habits die hard.