Tuesday, September 13, 2005
What's your dream blog?
What's preventing your blog from being perfect? Can you start doing something to remove these obstacles? Why not start now?
When you dream of how you wish your blog could be, what do you see?
30 to 100 comments on each post? How will you repy to them?
Better template? More color? Easier to read typeface? Fewer ads?
How much has your blog changed during the last 12 months?
If it hasn't changed, why not?
Dream of the best blog you could possibly have, then start doing something, anything, to begin the process of achieving your goals.
I may start a blog on WordPress.
I may actually start a self-assaulting blog called Mothers Against Vaspers the Grate. And a blog called Stinky Ugly Toys.
Then again, maybe I won't.
Did you know that some rather famous marketing bloggers have taken breaks, totally changed their blogging style (unfortunately warning us that more personal stuff is coming), or abandoned the blogsophere altogether, for various reasons?
Jennifer Rice, at What's Your Brand Mantra blog, has this to say...
July 08, 2005
But unfortunately hit burn-out on this blog during the past month. I resonate with Kirsten at re:invention when she says,
"After 3 long blogging years, re:invention's blog has quietly folded into a cocoon. At the moment, we feel we have nothing to say... "
Ironically, I'm headed off to Chicago on Sunday to speak at Ad:Tech on how social technologies (like blogs) are changing the way we do business.
I still have a lot to say on the subject, but not on a blog. At least not right this moment. I think I'm starting to warm back up again; perhaps I just needed a break from all the brainpower that's required to write compelling posts.
How I See and Say It
Friends, if I (which is doubtful) ever run out of "things to say" (you should be so lucky), I promise here and now that I won't shut up. I'll have plenty to say about why I came to have nothing to say, and what this "having-nothing-to-sayness" has to say about our culture and our values.
I will not leave you to take a vacation from blogging. That would be, in my mind, rude and selfish. Other bloggers have every right to pause or kill their blogging. I cannot follow their example.
I probably would take a break from blogging, if I had some substitute for it, but I already do everything I want to do, in addition to blogging.
Operating a blog is pretty easy, requires only a little vigorous thought, a slight amount of intense concentration, not much eating or sleeping, plus a tiny bit of online research or offline reading, and is not, or need not be, time-consuming, at least not all the time.
Some are physically and psychologically addicted to blogging. The very thought of seeing the screen all lit up with ones blog becomes a gateway event leading to a pronounced loss of external reality, accompanied by intense, prolonged euphoria. No existing therapy or medication has proven to be of any value to sufferers.
Once hooked, deep within, a casual blogger turns into an always blogger, a hardcore blogger for life, there is no end and no escape.
I don't know where I end and my blog begins, nor where my blog ends and I begin. I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing when I'm not blogging. Nothing interests me, outside the confines of bloggers and the blogosphere, except the music I must listen to as I blog.
I cannot extract myself from my blog. I am eternally trapped within it. I cannot get out, so I must make the best of it, and try to write an interesting blog.
Hardcore Blogger Anthem
To live, I must blog.
To blog, I must dream.
To dream, I must imagine.
To imagine, I must work.
To work is to blog,
or prepare for blogging.
I have other work,
but blog is real work.
Posted by steven edward streight at 9/13/2005 11:24:00 PM