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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Blogging Challenges

I just saw a post by a relatively new blogger - I’m Back… and What Happened?

In it, Angela tells us about how she "fell behind" in her blogging and then found she had trouble "catching up" ...
  • Then, I started saving “clippings” that I planned to respond to but fell behind and the subjects got old.
  • Did I mention that I fell behind and everything that I was excited about seemed to get “old”?
  • Then I thought I had to “catch up” in order to post again.

I can understand her sense of concern about how quickly subjects come and go in the blogosphere. However, there is now way that you can keep up and weigh in on every subject / conversation going on out there. It's just too much. Instead, you have to pick subjects that interest you or that you can relate to your work. There is no "keeping up" nor "catching up" ... there's only letting go.

The harder question is what to do when you are behind and there's a great subject that interests you, but it's been a couple weeks since anyone posted about it. My personal feeling is that if you have something to add to the conversation, it's still good to weigh in on it. The reason is that while you may not get much response or interaction, it still helps you complete your thoughts around the subject (that interested you).

Angela also told us:
Plus, I was so incredibly inspired about my work in the last three weeks that I worked harder than ever before and I was too tired to post at the end of the day!
It's ok to have time off from your blog, it will hurt readership and hurts conversation a bit, but that happens to pretty much everyone. On the flip side, if you are incredibly busy with something that's inspiring you, how about sharing about that. Start a new conversation around whatever you are doing. Or just talk about what's going on. Take a look at Wendy's blog - In the Middle of the Curve. She does a wonderful job of capturing what she's dealing with day-to-day, how she has approached things, what works, what doesn't, what she is concerned about. It's really an incredible case study. Maybe you can't do as much with your blog, but still capture what's inspiring you.

4 comments:

Karl Kapp said...

Tony and Angela,

I think that if you are blogging for your own learning and development, then go ahead and "post late." I view my blog as both a way of communicating with people and as a way for me to keep track of my own thoughts and ideas. So if something is late or not in the current discussion, I think you should go ahead and post. Then you have a permanent record of the idea or concept. Your own personnel Memex.

Also, I agree with Tony that there is no way to be a part of every discussion or topic...way too much. If you try, you get overwhelmed...even with RSS feeds.

So...get back in the saddle again.

Karl

Joitske Hulsebosch said...

Actually, I never feel behind on my blog.. sometimes I use the periods when I don't have time to blog to mature blogideas. I DO feel behind on reading blogs though. Bloglines does make you feel guilty when it says (120) behind a blog. So I'm trying to keep my bloglines donw to 50 or so..hard when you find interesting new blogs.

Angela White said...

Tony - Thanks for the support, the push, and the post reference. As a result people have posted comments or related posts and I have had more learning opportunities. The best support is the connection.

Karl - Thanks for the reason to post "late" anyway. I may just do that. I have a few things to say about the PowerPoint discussion going around. Although - will that topic ever really die?

Arjun Thomas said...

I always seem to have a hundred thoughts going on at once.. so when it comes down to posting i dont seem to have an issue.. i prefer the concept of blogging early :)