This is something I’ve seen a lot since I started blogging. A writer makes a commitment to blog every single day or only about a certain topic. Then a month later, they’ve fallen off the face of blogosphere. Where did they go? Will we ever see them again?
There are a lot reasons for this. Let’s look at few.
Blogging takes time.
Tis true. And in a typical day, we have stuff to do: writing, reading, cooking, day jobbing, dancing, playing with the guinea pig, sleeping, school. You know, stuff. And blogging can potentially eat away at these other, more important, activities.
Sometimes people run out of things to talk about.
I personally don’t have this problem. I can talk about the same freaking thing all day. But really, it’s okay to talk about multiple things in a blog. And I notice the people who do this, don’t burn themselves out as much.
Life is hard, man, and you’re just sooo upset right now.
People (some) don’t like to whine all the time. Sometimes life sucks. But you don’t want to drag everyone else down with you by talking about the same thing fifty times in a row. So you fall off the face of the earth for awhile because you just can’t deal.
So what are some things you can do to keep the blog running when you has no time, nothing to say, and the weight of the world is crushing you?!
1–Smorgasbord! Talk about multiple different topics: writing, books, music, theatre, movies, television, people, holidays, life. We all have more than one thing we’re interested in. Share it!
2–Schedule! And this is actually what I do. I get bursts of inspiration and will literally draft about 20 blog posts in a night. (Yes, I am crazy.) You don’t have to do that many, of course, but if you always have a few posts in your bank, you can just post those, take the month off, and not worry about.
3–Ditch Clockwork! Yeah, don’t force yourself to post every single day. I’ve seen more people burn out trying to post everyday then any single other thing combined.
4–Ditch Helpful! Don’t try to be all philosophical and researchy all the time. That takes even more time.
5–Blog Hops! These are great if you don’t know what to say but still want to connect with people. (Though don’t try to join them all!) Apparently, there are even websites out there that will give you blog ideas.
Of course, if you need to fall off the face of the earth for a while, do. But if you don’t really want to and find yourself slipping, try something different. Try a different topic. So many people feel like if they’re not trying to be helpful all the time, then their blog isn’t special. But that isn’t true! Everyone is different. People are interesting. Some people. And sometimes, it’s more about just sharing your crazy with the world. It’s about those connections you make with other people who share the same kind have crazy you have, you know. ^_^
And just because: ^_^