Blogging is hard work…

I’m going to make a concerted effort to get back to blogging, which I’ve said before, but I really mean it this time.  I feel much less self-conscious now that I’m back on my own site.  Part of it is that I feel like I have a smaller audience, part of it is that I feel less like I’m writing an article for peer review – and part of it is just that I feel that I can discuss a wider range of topics here.  Yes, I know that there were no restrictions on the Nature Blogs site, but I just always felt like I should be holding my posts to a higher standard there.

Anyhow, part of what makes blogging so hard is that you’re always striving to put up new ideas or comments, which means that every new idea you have is open to criticism.  Some days that can be pretty hard to accept – we don’t all like being criticised all the time.  (And yes, as a blogger, you pretty much always are.  Thick skins required.)

But, I have to say, I really respect the people who blog all of the time, and do it well.   It’s not easy to be consistently on the top of your game.  There are many good examples of people who can do this – I plan to fill in my blogroll with them over the coming days – as well as plenty of people who just can’t seem to do it at all.  I’m really hoping to push myself into the former category one day.

As an aside, then there are also the people who can consistently blog poorly, hanging it all out proudly despite the criticism, oblivious to how poorly they actually do blog.  Yes, I saw Ray Comfort’s blog tonight.  Wow.  It just amazes me that he can fail to learn anything from his critics, whereas I find myself stressing over every comment, wondering if there’s a lesson I can take from each one.

Anyhow, since leaving Nature Blogs, I’ve been trying to refocus on what I need to do to get my blogging Mojo back.  It seems to me that it is just two things, which I’ve gleaned from other bloggers:

1. write shorter entries.  Blog posts are really daunting when they pass 2000 words, and that tends to de-motivate me.

2. write more often.  I have lots of ideas, but many of them never make it to the blog, because I felt like I needed to write more.

So there we go – less content, but more often.  From now on, I’ll follow the lead of those who have blogged in front of me, and learn from their posts.

And yes, this post is only 457 words.  Ah…  brevity – my new best friend.

2 thoughts on “Blogging is hard work…

  1. I face exactly the same difficulties, Anthony, so I can sympathize.
    Principally, I’d rather write more about science than I currently do, and certainly more often than most NN bloggers do, to differentiate myself from that crowd. But at the moment, I just don’t have the required time to invest. I have the papers set aside to blog about, but still no time to read them thoroughly. I don’t want to blog about my own research before it’s published, due to old fashioned paranoia!
    Good luck getting your priorities in line.

  2. I support the approach of writing shorter entries. Not only it is easier for you to write, but it also easier for your readers to follow you. Moreover, it is good to learn how to resume your ideas in a few sentences.

    Most of the people who are used to read or write blogs tend to read faster and make the wrong assumption that everybody is willing to read long posts or emails if they contain good contents. But the majority of researchers are not used to read long stories on a monitor, see for example all the scientists who prefer to read articles printed on paper. So if you can write shorter entries, it is more likely that you will reach a wider audience.

    and don’t worry too much about writing frequently. Most people follow blogs by adding them to their feed readers, so when you will write something new, they will be notified.

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