We often hear bloggers say how fun blogging is.
We also hear them say,”it takes up a lot of time”.
Blogging for some is their passion, whereas for others, it’s their job.
And those with blogging in their blood, feel they could do it forever.
But, will they?
In 2008 I had the pleasure of interviewing a blogger who has been blogging and involved in blogoshpere since 1994. The blogger is Lorelle VanFossen of Lorelle On WordPress, and one of the questions I asked was:
New bloggers are often confused as to what’s the “right way” to blog. What do you feel are the most common errors bloggers make with their blogs and posts?
One of her answers was:
Failure to Plan
Too many blog because they think it’s fun, everyone is doing it, they have to, and their friends made them do it. They don’t think the process through. A blog is an investment in time, energy, and creativity. It requires participation – your participation not just by your readers. If you aren’t planning for the long haul, it shows. We know it. We’ll stop showing up. And so will you.
Lorelle raises a good point.
It’s easy to start a blog, and it’s easy to write, especially when we have dozens of ideas bursting to get out.
But…as time passes and the ideas begin to dry up, we begin to struggle with what to post next. We end up with writers block and soon are making excuses why we’re not publishing as often.
Granted, as we begin to get more traffic and comments and spend more time on social networking sites, more of our time is used up. However what may be happening is we didn’t have a long term plan.
I’ll admit, I’ve been guilty of this.
When I started blogging I didn’t know what to expect, nor did I know what to plan for. I set up a blog and just started publishing. But, as time went by, I began to realize there is a lot more to blogging than just writing and publishing. I also found if I don’t carve out enough time for blogging activities or have a long term plan, the future of my blog will be short.
Although there may not be a “right way” to blog, I do see what Lorelle is speaking of, “blogs where bloggers have stopped showing up”.
Was it because they forgot to plan? Or, is it something else?
What are your thoughts on this subject?
Do you have a long term plan for your blog?
If not, how is what you’re doing working out?
Care to share?