Blogs are hard work. It takes time to research, write and heal your ego after you put so much time into this piece of work/art and nobody sees it or cares. So, it makes sense that people either give up or get lazy and write about nothings or they’re… the kind of person who would just talk about themselves anyways and happen to have a computer.
To each their own.
Read more after the break… I try to explain what makes writing successful (from what I hear) and worthwhile.
What makes it worthwhile?
1. Sharing the load with a team. Having a team of 1. other bloggers, 2. readers, 3. users (people who share their thoughts with you, as well as share your work with their networks).
2. It’s interesting to others, too. The appeal is that you can put yourself out there, have people comment and publish your work or journal without working turning it into a dramatic novel or self-help book. Eventually, we get bored of thinking of how they relate to our lives.
3. It makes you think. What’s appealing is writing about everyday life, news, work and being with other people because that’s the “stuff” we need to re-think. We don’t want someone to tell us the “right” thing to do or encourage us until we go into ego overload, do something totally unnecessary and enter emotional shock.
What we want is someone to agree, disagree, criticize, and support us as we think things through. You can’t think too much about the work as a whole before writing it, can’t edit it to perfection before publishing it. Content has to evolve and readership has to grow. Once that happens, you can write a book about it.
If you want.
You probably won’t. Even though it’s hard work, it’s also ridiculously fun. Criticism, editing, risk, these are all parts of writing anything. Sharing, joking around, reacting to someone’s writing on a daily basis can only happen on blogs.
I’d like to create a section about best practices and my notes. Blog Stacks is where I’ll keep them.