Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | February 18, 2008

Writing Blogs v. Replying To Blogs

Pen And PaperI have slowly been observing a curious thing concerning my blogging activity: Namely, it is much easier for me to reply to someone else’s posting on their blog than it is for me to write a new entry on my own blog. For some reason, the words just flow when I am posting a reply; but I need to really work hard at putting things together on my own blog.

Why is this? Is it because I tend to be a perfectionist, and have a difficult time calling my writing “finished?” (Which explains why I obsessively edit a new post over and over again—like I am doing now—for hours after I make the post, to try to “perfect it.”) Is it because I try to encompass too much in a single blog entry? (I’ve seen blogs where the author will post one or two sentences, pose a question, and then open up the floor for comments. That seems like a really easy way to run a blog; maybe I should try that approach.) Is it because I really have no original thoughts? (That is to say, can I can only reflect easily on someone else’s thoughts? Not my own? That in itself if a scary thought. Maybe I should try blogging on that.)

Whatever the reason, writer’s block or nothing-much-to-say, I’ll continue to try to offer content. (Even if I have to copy and paste comments that I’ve made on others’ blogs—which I’ve done a few times already.) Hopefully, what I write will at least be amusing, if not interesting, if not relevant . . . if not making good use of unsuspecting alpha characters. After all, as they say, “talk is cheap”; so why not buy a whole bushel full of talk!

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Responses

  1. but you’re missing out on one of the best points of blogging – that you don’t have to have it perfect! πŸ™‚ in my experience, a less-than-perfect post actually attracts more comments than a detailed, no-holes-in-argument post in comparison because there’s more room for commenters to argue (in a good way) and discuss. well, that’s as far as my experience in blogging showed to me. πŸ™‚

  2. Yea, but imperfection drives me nuts!!!


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