516929941_f153a8a624Blogging and I have a long and sullied relationship. At first, like most newbs, I was very enamored with the thought of blogging often. I had a lot to say, right? Slowly, blogging became more of a burden than a hobby. After that, its a hop, skip and a jump to empty thoughts, pressure and a hatred of the medium. Feeling guilty is a sure way to build procrastination. Here’s three ways to make it ‘not a big deal’.

Start with Other Content Most of us read several RSS feeds, have events to promote or may have stumbled upon a fun new site or toy. Using the momentum of your thoughts on external content is a major blogging spring board. Not everything has to be new and fresh topically: whats fresh is the perspective you bring to it. Even if others have already touched on the subject, bring your own experiences and research to the table. Help others and be useful.

Short is Sweet Every post wont be your greatest life’s work. This is my biggest downfall: thinking that every post needs to be new, novel, best and biggest. If you never start, you’ll never gain momentum. Think of your blog as your space for brainstorming. Your place to take notes. Use the community to build on the post. Not everything needs to come from you: sometimes the best parts of a short blog post are the comments from readers who bring the idea to full tilt.

Respond Maybe you really were rocked by something someone said in Twitter. Perhaps another’s blog post really got you thinking. Why not craft your own lengthy response? Blogs are a place for individual commentary and creating and honing your thinking skills. Typing up your thoughts and posting them online provides you with an ongoing record of what topics interest you while helping you iron out your thoughts with feedback.

No matter what, keep going and dont feel bad for long absences. Think creatively and allow that instant interest in something to grow into a relevant post for your subject matter. Draw a little outside the lines and bring your personality to it. A good read is one that allows us to see into the blogger – not just the content.

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  1. Hi, I’m Tim and I’m a recovering blogoholic. I was doing pretty well over at Xanga (remember Xanga?), had about 220 subscribers, could routinely get more than 20 comments on entries. Blogged four times a week on a self-imposed schedule featuring something called a Thursday Tipsheet, an exhaustive (and exhausting) roundup of the week’s events. People complained if it wasn’t up first thing in the morning, and being a perfectionist I’d lose sleep working on it. When I realized the blog was running me, not vice versa, I had to call off the Thursday Tipsheet and scale back.

    Two things recharged me: 1) Surrendering what seemed like a publishing schedule meant I didn’t pressure myself into producing for the sake of production, and 2) I met new world of people on Twitter (@jesskry included) who turned me toward the new blog on communication (or writing, words and the Web, as I say) that provided a fresh outlet with a seemingly endless supply of material. And whether I update once or twice — or no — times a week, I can now enjoy blogging again.

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