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How Do You Keep on Blogging?

I am currently going through some blogging burnout, and I was wondering what others do to combat this problem. How do you keep writing on your blog, day after day, month after month?

I have written thousands of blog posts over the past year, but find myself unable to do as much as I used to be able to, and thus, my personal site is suffering. My goal for my personal blog was to get to 1,000 posts by December 2006 (which is two years since the blog was “opened”), thusly increasing my exposure online and using my blog as a record of my life, endeavours, and whatnot, but the amount of posts I have been able to write on my blog has dwindled in recent months.

I used to be able to push out upwards of 50 posts a month on my personal site about work I have been doing, visits with friends, games I have been playing, movies I have been watching. For the most part writing for myself, my friends and my family, but since around April 2006, I have not been able to push out more than 35, and that number continues to drop.

I have tried to force myself to blog. I have tried to read old posts as inspiration, but I just can’t get myself out of this blogging rut, so I am asking all of you to write a blog post, explaining your tips on getting out of this rut, and trackback this post, so I can see your thoughts and ideas. I really need your help. How do you keep on blogging?

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  1. ~~Melissa says: 7/18/2006

    Like any creative venture, blogging requires both breathing in and out. Making time not just to put things out but refuel the fires. And that can mean stepping away and doing something completely different for a while (hours, days, or weeks or whatever). Reading about your posting goals reminds me of the need for crop rotation. Can’t keep growing the corn on the same field and think it hasn’t depleted the soil from the past few seasons. Let those other parts of your life that are calling out to you have their time too. It’s all connected. You’re an excellent blogger and the next steps will come to you with the energy required if you let them.
    Can you tell I have farming and gardening on the brain today?
    Best wishes. Now go exhale. ;-)

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  2. RC says: 7/18/2006

    Well, firstly there is only so much you can do on ‘How To’ before the topic reaches saturation. Blogging is just one of those topics that tends to lean toward ‘How To’. I mean seriously how many resources do you really need on ‘Time Mangement’ for example. But, take into account a topic like ‘Coffee’. This employs a bunch of information, not just how-to but how-much, what kind, grinding comparisons, etc, etc. Right now ‘Blogging’ proper tends to be in a sort of lull in regard to it reaching saturation in the populus, however the amouunt of information available has reached saturation some time ago. So, here are some ideas.

    1. You have to think of Blogging as a living and evolving thing, not just as an action. I just read a blog not too long ago about re-naming the art of blogging. And that the word ‘blogging’ is really not a word per-se neither does it convey anything. Of course renaming blogging is easier said than done.

    2. Take that living entity of blogging and turn it into something altogether different from your perspective. Include pictures, other bloggers you meet. Go to your local Starbucks and look for your typically circa 90′s beatnicks and goths and see if they have a blog, interview them. etc. etc. etc. You get the picture?

    3. Keeping blogging really and truly fresh is alot like vegetables. Sure you can go to the supermarket and pick up some ‘fresh’ jalepenos but to get truly fresh jalapenos you have to grow them yourself. So, how about this, buy a domain, build a website and start hosting your blog on there. It’s amazing what you learn by moving your blog a couple of times. Of course you will have to sort out how to not loose your readership or make them angry that you move alot. ;)

    4. Finally, create a whole new blog on a completely different topic, after you have it set up and running for a couple of weeks, rehash what you went through creating something different, then post on all of that.

    -my two cents.

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  3. Mike Sigers says: 7/18/2006

    Maybe this post will help –

    http://simplenomics.com/fight/

    there’s gold in them thar hills !

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  4. Alvin says: 7/18/2006

    I’m having the same feelings you have, and my solution is to take a break, and use the time to recharge and rethink my future strategies.

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  5. Greg Kiernan says: 7/19/2006

    Hi David, its an interesting question and one that i go through from time to time when blogging either personally or professionally. In the end i sat down and decided what was most important to me was:

    1/ Friends and Family
    2/ My day job – not only because it is my primarly source of money but that its a social outlet i might not get if i focused more on blogging professionally
    3/ Blogging.

    So given the choice of blogging or something else i will always choose the something else. The blog will always be there when i get the chance and at times taking the time to think longer about the next post while your doing other things can be an advantage

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  6. Renee says: 7/19/2006

    While it maybe true to some degree that some niche topics have limited expansion (I mean seriously how many resources do you really need on ‘Time Mangement’ for example…by RC), but if you have a little more knowlegde you can put a little twist to them.

    I just finished reading Mike’s post (which i might comment there later) … i do think that having some nice comments help to boost your energy level up.

    One thing I always wonder why some bloggers have to push themselves so hard to publish x amount of post. This I find it extremely stressful especially for bloggers running more than two blogs.

    There was a period lasted about 6 months, I ate, slept, drank, bathed and even dreamt about blogging. Guess what happened, my social life went down hill. And my personal blog posts suck big time. During the 2 months absent on my personal blog, a few readers thought I was either dead or been kidnapped. Now I only blog when I feel like it, except for my niche blogs.

    Just remember, health is everything. Good luck.

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  7. Marcus says: 7/21/2006

    Find a different physical place to write the blog. Using my office computer becomes less fun than hammering on my laptop on the dining room table simply because the office machine is too familiar.
    You also have to find new things that interest you. Half of my posts are inspired from something in the NY Times or in a book I am reading.
    Granted, http://vorpal.us is not your typical blog, but I get blocked because I feel that I don’t have anything coherent to say. A little research fixes that.

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