Monday, June 04, 2007

Blog Blah

How long does the honeymoon period for a blog last? 100 posts? 200? I'm afraid the thrill is gone. When I first started this blog I couldn't wait for someone to read and comment and Lord only knows how many times I must've checked the darn thing in day. I remember when I got my first stat counter. I checked that thing all the time to see if anyone other than myself was actually reading my posts. And then gradually, oh so gradually, people began to come. And even more amazingly, I somehow conned other people into posting on the blog. Will wonders never cease? But I think maybe I'm going through a sort of seven-year-itch with my blog; only in this case it's like the almost-one-year itch. Have I got a short attention span or what? I like my blog and I really like the people I've met, but it's not as interesting any more. I find myself struggling to come up with something to post every night and cursing for giving the blog such a narrow scope. I look at the measly number of comments my crappy posts get and wonder if I should shut this one down and start a new one. Who knows, maybe a new toy would excite my interest again. And then I force myself to step away from the computer before I do anything rash. I dunno. I don't think I'm ready to give up on this yet. But I do think I'm going to post less frequently for awhile. I'm going to spend some time writing and actually trying to submit some stuff and see if spending less time blogging will allow me to do this. Don't totally give up on me though. I will probably still post a couple of times a week just so I can talk to you all. And maybe there will be the occasional post by some of my friends. But I think it's time the blog and I spend a little less time together. For the good of both of us.

18 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well look at it this way. i know nothing about scifi and even more don't want to know anything, but i still come and read... what does that tell you? you must be doing something right. now i admit i like the posts about other stuff better. like this one even. i love the posts that are really about life and what is going on. sort of like a soap opera. you get to know the writers and like them as people and so you come back. take a few days off and think about what you want to do. if it is not this, well, it will be something else. you have to like it or what is the point?

smiles, bee

mist1 said...

I feel like you're breaking up with me. You can tell me. Did I suck in bed?

sfgirl said...

Hey! I just found you! And your blog is very cool. I'm at The Alien Next Door, by the way. Check it out (writing and ecology stuff). It's a neat place, this blogland...People from all around the world communicating over a single platform. We're a real global community here "in the bin" as John Danvers said in his book...sometimes you need to get out, though...so long as you come back :)

Hey there, Skippy said...

Ah, l'ennui du blogue as the French absolutely do not call it. I totally hear you. Once the fun goes, well...

Some thoughts, if I may?

1) I'm always impressed that you manage to post everyday! But that's a guidleine you set for yourself - set a new one of posting when the mood strikes you. It's what I do; sometimes three posts in a day, sometimes not even that many in a week.

2) I don't think your comment numbers are measly! at least, not compared to my blog. I know that some bloggers regularly get 100+ comments, but that's usually just "hi" "hi" and "BUY VIAGRA". The comments here, though I say so myself, are pretty engaged and usually add value to the post itself. The best thing about this blog is that the posts trigger conversations - and those conversations often carry on in new posts and on other blogs, which is v cool indeed.

3) All of which is to say that this is a cool blog and I think you've acheived something very cool here. I think that even if you're only posting a couple times a week then we'll all still come by to say hi!

And I'll keep posting, too - which may put people off entirely, but we can't have everything, can we?

Good luck with the writing...

Michael Leonard Fisher said...

You can take the girl out of Fantasy & Sci-Fi but you will never take Fantasy & Sci-Fi out of the girl ( or something poorly paraphrased ).

Good luck with your writing & follow yer bliss!

marsha said...

I read it today.... :)

The Curmudgeon said...

When you try and come up with original material each and every time out -- or to add a new, distinctive twist to something that's being discussed in a lot of places -- that can become work.

You lament a narrow focus now, but it supposedly is the best way to build an audience quickly. And, in your case, it certainly seems to have worked. By comparison, I write about all sorts of things -- and it took me eight months before I started getting any comments at all (Jean Luc Picard and Bee being among my very earliest repeat visitors).

Maybe you just don't want to be labeled: Like Bert Lahr (the Wizard of Oz was on TCM the other night) who said that he was never typecast -- not at all -- but anytime a producer needed a Cowardly Lion, he got the first call. And hardly any others.

I'm sure you'll work it out in your own way and in your own time.... But if you are trawling for suggestions, I'd love to hear about your adventures 'actually trying to submit stuff' -- maybe it will inspire me to be brave and risk it myself.

turnerBroadcasting said...

Use a corset.

Crunchy Carpets said...

I totally understand..but Skippy is right...perhaps just stepping back a bit and posting when you feel like it or a story grabs you that is when you post...and don't feel you NEED to be so narrow...we are an eclectic bunch and so can the site be!

Anyway..your baby...don't feel pressure...make it fun..take a break...we are all around and can post too!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Hey, we need you here!

Seriously, sometimes a sabbatical, or trying a different style blog for a while might be good for you. We can't have you gone for good.

DesLily said...

many suggestions here are absolutely right.. you set your standard too high.. you made it work instead of fun. Sit back and relax, when you want to make a post you do it.. otherwise, you wait until something comes to you.. it's the same reason when folks told me I should make a career out of this or that, I said NO.. because then it would be work and not fun.

let you blog become fun again.. post only when you feel like it. It takes a bit to readjust your thinking that 'you have to post because you didn't yesterday".. that would be wrong.. post as it comes to you.. no more, no less.. the others will fill in.. you've got a good thing here.

I hope you feel better ... know that you are not hurting anyone by cutting back or stopping. Because it's what you need... not what others need.

turnerBroadcasting said...

Then again, how much really good sci fi has been written in the last five years...

sigh..

avery said...

Write about whatever you want; I'll still visit you!

Stewart Sternberg said...

The advantage of a blog where you have regular contributors is that it allows you to take a step back. Blog when you want. I'm sure we'll pick up the slack.

SQT said...

Thanks for putting up with my little bout of self-pity. Silly isn't it? But once something feels like work (and you're not getting paid for it) it does kind of lose it's shine.

But I would miss the comments and you guys so I'll hang around; just a little less. I really have been wanting to spend more time writing, though that is tough with my 3 year old jumping on my lap every time I take out the laptop. Thank God he starts preschool later this year.

Anyhoo, thanks for letting me know you wouldn't mind if I still hang around a bit. It helps.

Oh and Mist, it's not you, it's me. Really.

Irene said...

Keep blogging because you love it, not because you feel obliged to do it. ;p

Fab said...

It would be a pitty if you stopped posting. But maybe a bit of distance of it will make it fresh for you again and give you some new ideas. Let your contributors continue for some time while you sort it out. I hope you will continue afterwards.

weenie said...

Am impressed that you post every day and also have a 3 year old!

Spending less time here and more time doing other stuff will be good for you - less of an obligation.

Can't see you losing your readers, they will surely continue to pop in to see if there are any posts.