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    Wednesday, June 08, 2005

    Why Blog? and Burning Out...

    Stardate 4064.1

    Recently, Jeff asked the question of his readers "what do you like?" "What would you like?" with regards to The Anthill. These things can be important... but I put forward a list of things that can really lead to Blog Burnout and maybe it gets to the root of the matter regarding why some people write blogs...

    1. when your internal dialogue gets hijacked by your concerns about what your readers will think.
    2. when you are afraid to write down what you are truly thinking about at that moment.
    3. when you believe the lie that some people just arent capable of good writing.
    4. when you believe the lie that there is a certain way that you "should" write anything.
    5. when you get more involved in punctuation, spelling, or aestetics than saying what you want to say.
    6. when you get caught up in traffic, hits, popularity, readers, and/or fame.
    7. when you believe the lie that what you think doesnt matter.
    8. when you believe the lie that what youre about to say has been said before and/or written down better.
    9. when you forget that most ideas can be expressed in less than 15 minutes.
    10. when you dont set aside a little bit of time each day to update your blog.

    If your blog feels more like a "have to" instead of a "get to" you're writing about the wrong things.

    This was written by Tony Pierce and I think it is a good indication about how many folks think of Blogging...

    Naturally, some people will say, I write for entertainment, or simply for fun... but it is still your words and thoughts being typed each morning. Do you write your words for yourself (since it is your blog) or do you write based on what you think people want to read? Does it matter? I say, a lot of folks may read my Blog, and if they do not like Politics, they skip the political posts. If they think D&D is for geeks, then they will not read a post about a character in a game, or my latest painted figure. Not all writing has to be "important" or "informative"... don't feel that is how I think. I don't at all...

    Spaces are nice as they give the feel of a website rather than a blog. It lets average people have something easy to manage, and within minutes, you have a great looking (though unoriginal) site that you can share with tons of people. You can set up your photo albums, and your links, and do all sorts of fancy things. They are much more than a simple diary of thoughts. But they can still be a very effective way of "speaking".

    Not everyone has what they consider important things to say. This is simply not true. I put forward that everyone on earth has something important to say.

    They simply may not wish to say it.

    All opinions shared on this site are strictly my own. Some people may disagree and that is fine, but rude comments or overzealous debate will be curtailed. I enjoy civil discourse, and encourage independent thought. I oppose George W. Bush and his Wars based on lies.

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