Blogging every day

19 May

I suppose I shouldn’t write this. And I certainly wont be linking to the post that prompted this — after all, the blogger in question is someone I admire and someone I don’t (and this is a first for me) want to offend.

But, seriously, why blog if you’re just going to post noise?

Why blog if what you write is just pointless drivel? Even if it’s witty and concise, what’s the point of taking time out of your day to write the sort of rat-spit that makes people mutter “huh” or “heh”?

Isn’t there enough noise in the blogosphere and on the internet in general?

That’s what twitter is for: the idle, inane mutterings not worthy of a considered 200-word blogpost.

Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done it. In the past I blogged regularly. Two or three times a day at the height of my “powers”. But then I decided that my time is worth more than nothing. I blog when there is something I really want to say. I’m not beholden to some idea of daily blogging. In these days of RSS and group-blogs, is there really any room for the pointless daily crowing of the bedroom-bound blogger?

Everyone deserves a voice. This is a not a rant about quality. If you want to blog every day that’s fine. It’s your life and your time. But don’t be deluded into thinking that, just because you post every 6-hours, that people are going to give a smelly wet turd as to what you have to say. Chances are they don’t.

This is not the era of rampant bloggery. Now everyone, from the most respected commentator to the funniest comedian, blogs. If you have a post that really rocks, it will – if you alert the editors of larger blogs – be registered. It will gain traction, but don’t think that you will pierce the upper echelons of the UK’s blogosphere by following it up with random rants that offer no new insight.

Cream will rise. If you’re a great writer with something exceptional to say, you will be recognised. Blogging, unlike the MSM, is not a closed shop. But if you write a post that says nothing new — no matter how many swear-words you use — people will ignore it.

My advice is that you blog when you can’t not blog. When you have an itch so irritable it must be scratched, you fire-up your computer and you rant away. But please, if you value your time, don’t just blog for the sake of it. People simply will not care.

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14 Responses to “Blogging every day”

  1. pte17@hotmail.com May 19, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Your first sentence was right. Haven’t you just done what you say people shouldn’t do? With respect, I quite wasted my time following a link to here.

  2. pte17@hotmail.com May 19, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Your first sentence was right. Haven’t you just done what you say people shouldn’t do? With respect, I quite wasted my time following a link to here.

  3. aaronsheath@gmail.com May 20, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    Haven’t you just done what you say people shouldn’t do?I haven’t blogged in over a week…I’m sorry you are not completely satisfied with tygerland.netYou are, of course, entitled to a full refund.

  4. aaronsheath@gmail.com May 20, 2009 at 5:23 am #

    Haven’t you just done what you say people shouldn’t do?I haven’t blogged in over a week…I’m sorry you are not completely satisfied with tygerland.netYou are, of course, entitled to a full refund.

  5. dk@devilskitchen.net May 20, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    “But if you write a post that says nothing new — no matter how many swear-words you use — people will ignore it.”[raises eyebrow]Fair enough: you are quite right, I think.There are times when something is worth flagging up, even if one’s own comment is not that inspired though…DK

  6. dk@devilskitchen.net May 20, 2009 at 10:01 am #

    “But if you write a post that says nothing new — no matter how many swear-words you use — people will ignore it.”[raises eyebrow]Fair enough: you are quite right, I think.There are times when something is worth flagging up, even if one’s own comment is not that inspired though…DK

  7. aaronsheath@gmail.com May 20, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Yeah, I agree.I rather wish I hadn’t wrote this post. Irony, huh?I think it’s a bit preachy. I don’t like preachy. The last thing I want to do is tell people how to blog.Let people do what the fuck they want.

  8. aaronsheath@gmail.com May 20, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    Yeah, I agree.I rather wish I hadn’t wrote this post. Irony, huh?I think it’s a bit preachy. I don’t like preachy. The last thing I want to do is tell people how to blog.Let people do what the fuck they want.

  9. leon.green@gmail.com May 20, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Yeah you risk self indulgence with a post like this but it was worth saying. It’s the reason I stopped my personal blog last year, didn’t feel I was doing it justice and it wasn’t as fun as it was.

  10. leon.green@gmail.com May 20, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Yeah you risk self indulgence with a post like this but it was worth saying. It’s the reason I stopped my personal blog last year, didn’t feel I was doing it justice and it wasn’t as fun as it was.

  11. oranjepan@hotmail.co.uk May 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    It’s not insane to get angry the inane!

  12. oranjepan@hotmail.co.uk May 20, 2009 at 6:01 pm #

    It’s not insane to get angry the inane!

  13. john.hirst@myhaven.karoo.co.uk May 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    I like this post and I am still thinking about a proper response.

  14. john.hirst@myhaven.karoo.co.uk May 27, 2009 at 5:49 pm #

    I like this post and I am still thinking about a proper response.

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