Things that kill blogging & things that inspire it

“…the key to understanding a blog is to realize that it’s a broadcast, not a publication. If it stops moving, it dies. If it stops paddling, it sinks.”

Why I Blog by Andrew Sullivan

I’ve been meaning to post this, but as usual I kept it saved as a draft. Then I read that quote.

You’ve read the proclamations of why “blogging is dead”, whether it’s because of social media, SEO, spam, hacks. Or because people didn’t have enough invested in it.

I was reluctant from the start. I told someone once that I didn’t like to get into blogging if I were to eventually miss updating it for long periods at a time. Andrew Sullivan nailed it.

I also tend to enjoy the act of crafting an entry more than publishing it. HTML, cut, paste, share, ponder, tweak, save draft, preview; rinse, repeat. Sometimes you write to be heard; other times you write to let things out. How many draft posts do you have?

It’s another reason art direction/magazine-style web design is exciting; a whole new layout each article changes the game:

But what. to. write. Wisdump alone sucks the life out of me twice a week. I’d much rather link-blog like Tina Roth Eisenberg, Jason Kottke, or Cory Doctorow than try to bleed out a bunch of paragraphs, which usually happens when I rant. I’m less ranty now.

  • Never let small things bother you.
  • Learn to say no to things you don’t want to do.
  • Cut negative people out of your life.
  • Cut people out of your life who only contact you when they want you to do something for them.

deephair’s comment on Reddit, what are your best lifehacks?

Complaining is silly. Act or forget.

Stefan Sagmeister

But I can also link-dump elsewhere on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr (Plurk, actually), construct a lifestream (another web construct I like), and produce content without spending so much effort on the SEO, spam, hacks.

The last two are the most frustrating; even when you let a site gather dust, it can still get hit by malware and you have to fix it. Makes me even wonder if database-less or hosted publishing systems would be more satisfying.

In any case, you know where how to stalk me.

P.S. Happy CSS Naked Day!

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