Why Blogging Is Tough

Posted in Pulpit by Harsha on December 4, 2007

Not all of us are writers. Some of us can’t even construct a sentence in order. Then there is the question of battling with the WordPress or Typepad dashboards in order to get your blog up. True, it is easier than before (after all, blogs are a combination of a hosting company, that provides you a template for a website that you can update, right?). But it primarily sucks because of a little thing known as “writers bloc”. Heck, I face it on a regular basis. Then life gets in the way. Time flies and before you know it, a month has gone by without any posts.

There are plenty of stats out there about the number of new blogs, the frequency of posting and the frequency with which blogs die. And most of us are not writers. If you ask any author, newspaper writer or poet, I think their response to why blogging sucks would be that sitting down and penning thoughts on paper takes more energy than rock climbing (metaphorically speaking). It ain’t easy. It is much easier to read and even that is not a major pastime in America.

My “blog buddy” Pete Caputa writes that he “found success by splitting my ‘blogging’ time into 3 activities: 1) 1/3rd reading other people’s blogs, 1/3 commenting on other’s blogs and 1/3rd writing”. I definitely agree with him because it these are the building blocks of developing your thoughts in a cohesive manner, keeping track of things that are important to you and penning your thoughts in an educated manner.

But again, blogging sucks because you have to sit down and write. If only you could discuss your thoughts with your “personal writer” and have him/her write for you!

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  1. peter caputa said, on December 10, 2007 at 4:29 pm

    Hey Harsha. Thanks for being my blog buddy 🙂

    The reason I advocate reading and commenting is so that you start to attract people to you…. which results in readers, commenters and people linking back to you. All this stuff basically creates a conversation. Since I don’t like writing for my own edification (some do), this creates interaction with peers, prospects, clients and friends.

    Just like we’re doing now!

    I like to think of the blogosphere as a lot of people trying to start a conversation of their own. If I just take their lead, there’s millions and millions of conversations I can join. And I find that – that solves writers block.

  2. Harsha said, on December 11, 2007 at 10:13 am

    I agree with you and thanks for the comment. Cookie cutters work best for making cookies, not people! So when we’re told that we need to fit into one stereotype or another by the experts, I get a little skeptical. The blogosphere is a great place to vet ideas and models and get inputs from more than just one source.

    Thanks for sharing as always.


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