Lessons Learned

5 top reasons why I suck at blogging

1.  No time

Don’t we all just love this catch-all excuse for just about anything? It’s a poor albeit very convenient crutch; Of course I never have the time to do anything if it’s not planned and prioritized. I’m very guilty of omitting blogging from my time management.

(Time and task management and prioritizing in itself is another very interesting topic I will save for a later GTD post.)

2. No focus or general topic

All the blogs I read tend to read focus on some general or specific area of interest. The topics interest me, I know I can expect more of the same and hence I keep coming back. Makes sense. My blog varies wildly in width, quality, depth and (ir)regularity – probably to the point where my close friends and even my mother have lost any vague novelty interest by now.

Perhaps it’s descriptive of me as a person. I’m interested in a whole bunch of confusing things, chatty have a lot to say and a lot of biases opinions about most things. I’m probably hard to conveniently tag.

3. Lack of incentives

My .com biz already had a very high page rank even before SEO and SEM entered the vernacular (ATH 9/10, currently 7/10) and asking Google for my name returned relevant top results pages long before I started blogging. I never intended to make money from blogging. I have no books to flog, no conference talks to pimp offer, no sponsors, no ads, no agenda, no brand, no product, no concrete goals behind the blog. I do not have anything to sell you – other than myself, if you will.

I did have a vague notion about sharing my thoughts and ideas with the world and participate in a sort of global conversation. (No, seriously.) I’m not going to pretend it was all well thought out, though.

Twitter is now catering for my conversational needs in more and perhaps better ways than my blog. That is perhaps a topic worthy of a separate post in itself.

4. No experience with the blog format

I do write professionally on a regular basis. It does not come particularly close to blogging, though. I do not have to consider that the whole world – or as the case may be no one – is going to read it. In my day job I get paid to deliver a well informed and professional opinion; Palatable or controversial, witty or droll.

On a my personal blog, I tend to end up with long winded blog posts like this. That post takes too long to read and took too long to write. Not surprisingly, it didn’t make for much of a conversation either.

My lack of experience with blogging probably leads to a lot of lost opportunities. A successful blogger sees a new post whereas I’m still stuck in an old mindset. As an example, I enjoy taking pictures and shoot videos and upload them to flickr viddler youtube and or vimeo to share with you. It very often ends there.  Now, someone with a different mindset than myself would probably have made a small story to go with many of those uploads and recycle blog them.

5. No lab experience

According to social media oracle niceguy Chris Brogan, a lab is something you could need.

It’s not like I had no web exposure prior to securing this painfully long and stupid cleverly named URL, but i never conducted any conscious lab experiments before entering the fray.

On the other hand, this probably IS my lab – my soapbox.

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  • http://lightbody.net/blog Patrick Lightbody

    I find that having a good blogging tool helps blog more frequently. I use ecto for OS X, which has decent browser integration and can handle images fairly well. The other thing I do is make notes of blog ideas inside of my GTD app of choice (CulcturedCode’s Things) so that I’ve always got a list to draw from.

    PS: Feel free to email me thoughts on http://browsermob.com. Thanks for checking it out!

  • http://lightbody.net/blog Patrick Lightbody

    I find that having a good blogging tool helps blog more frequently. I use ecto for OS X, which has decent browser integration and can handle images fairly well. The other thing I do is make notes of blog ideas inside of my GTD app of choice (CulcturedCode’s Things) so that I’ve always got a list to draw from.

    PS: Feel free to email me thoughts on http://browsermob.com. Thanks for checking it out!

  • http://www.blacktar.com/ Vidar Andersen

    Hi there Patrick, thanks for stopping by. I find that the WordPress interface does the trick for pulling the post together for me pretty good. I take notes and jot down topics on the blackberry. However, I suspect my biggest challenges are time and incentive. I’m working on it.

    browsermob.com definitely looks like a service could see myself using for future projects. Pretty cool stuff.

  • http://www.blacktar.com Vidar Andersen

    Hi there Patrick, thanks for stopping by. I find that the WordPress interface does the trick for pulling the post together for me pretty good. I take notes and jot down topics on the blackberry. However, I suspect my biggest challenges are time and incentive. I’m working on it.

    browsermob.com definitely looks like a service could see myself using for future projects. Pretty cool stuff.

  • http://www.timemanagementtips.net/ Valerie Williams

    Very nice article on time management. Thanks for the great tips!

  • http://www.timemanagementtips.net Valerie Williams

    Very nice article on time management. Thanks for the great tips!