December 13, 2003

Blogging slowdown

I'm going to slow down on blogging. It's just not working for me. It's taking too much time and thought, for too little return. For more than a year, I've tried to have something worthwhile every single day. But ultimately, I've only gotten to about one level higher than the generic diary. I'm repeating myself too often, regarding pointing out where I'm virtually off ranting in a little corner for all the good that soapboxing does, which is not much.

Real paying work is actually picking up, which is very good. I might finally get back on track from the train-wreck that free-speech activism has proved to be for me. And doing more Google investigations looks to be very attractive. Plus there's some essays I may want to finish.

Fundamentally, blogging is for talkers. The applications for blogging are mainly people doing journalism, commentary, sales, etc. - professional talkers who do it for a living, and diaries, which are nonprofessional talkers, who do it because they enjoy hearing the sound of their own voice (nothing wrong with that, in my view, but that's what it is).

I'm not abandoning this completely. But I need to ease up from a daily grind of doing it every day.

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in website | on December 13, 2003 11:59 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups
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Blogs are like an itch that needs/deserves a good scratch. Scratch no itch befor its time.

Posted by: PhilTR at December 15, 2003 02:58 PM

OK, now it's getting wierd. Step back, and suddenly people notice.

That is, Lessig finally noticed that you have a weblog, just about the time you (sensibly!) reduce your commitment to it.

You're in the A-list now, at least by reference. Which, with $4 added, will buy a cup of coffee.

Posted by: Walt Crawford at December 16, 2003 12:28 PM

Seth, you have more readers than you realise. Hang in there friend! :~)

Posted by: PhilTR at December 18, 2003 01:38 PM

Phil, thanks, but unfortunately I think I have a very good idea how many readers I have - around a dozen who have me in their aggregator, and approximately a hundred total from checking/blogrolls. Maybe a few more from Lessig's notice now. I may be off by a little there - but I'm sure I'm not off by an order of magnitude.

And I'm never going to get many more, without some sort of persistent backing.

Posted by: Seth Finkelstein at December 19, 2003 07:34 AM

Been blogging myself for some months now. But every week I notice just how hard it is to come up with some really interesting information. When I'm only talking about something funny which just happened at work or something, wouldn't make a very interesting blog, I guess.
At least, still I'm trying to improve on my frequency, load and subjects, but how hard it is....

Posted by: Sikko2go at December 27, 2003 04:12 PM