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Thursday, September 25, 2014

When Blogging Becomes a Slog

Read this article in today's New York Times, on page D1 or on this link: When Blogging Becomes a Slog

Comment below, today

1. What did you learn about blogging from this article?
2. What is the importance of passion and love in blogging?
3. Your suggestions on how could the problem be avoided?


  1. 1. Sometimes blogging that was just a passion or hobby becomes a full time job that deprives a blogger of joy to create. It is extremely stressful, readers are creating pressure to write new posts, are expecting more and more while bloggers have their own lives as well.

    2.Passion and love in blogging is crucial. It is what makes you create new blog post, come up with new ideas, interact with your reader, be consequent in posting new posts and enjoying what you are actually doing. And when you run your blog this way it is way more possible to make it a successful one.

    3. Avoiding too many advertisements and sponsored posts, posting regularly and with passion so the readers won't get discouraged. But how to keep this passion when ties flies by? Well I would suggest planning ahead few posts, having plan B when you don't have idea what to write about. Or simply ask your readers what they would like to read about!

  2. 1. Blogging as a full-time career can be stressful if you attract a lot of readers who want content daily. Learning to manage your time blogging is very important in not getting overwhelmed.

    2. Passion for blogging is important in maintaining content that readers can tell have thought and time put into. Like the article states, most readers can tell when bloggers have been burned out when their content seems to lack effort.

    3. This problem could be avoided if bloggers balanced online life with real life. Many times, again as the article stated, blogging starts out as a passion that turns into a hobby and then becomes a full-time career. Stepping back and realizing that who you interact with online isn’t as important as the impact you have on your family or friends is a good way to stop burn out before it starts.

  3. 1. I learned that whether it's an occupational, or recreational blog, the blogger can become overwhelmed with the demand brought on by their followers. It is important to remember your own health, and not forsake it to meet a deadline that may or may not even really exist.

    2. Passion provides material and a sense of poetry to the writer. Someone with passion can make a rock sound interesting, while someone lacking passion can make something fascinating seem boring!

    3. For blogs that post weekly, I think it would be easier to just take a day off, relax at home or do something around town to unwind. For daily blogs, find the time of day you find it hardest to write, and take a break during that time. If you force through to write something you're not happy with, your readers may pick up on it and lose interest.

  4. 1. The main thing I learned is that if you're going to create a blog you should be clear essentially from the start what your goal is: are you trying to share something you feel passionate about, or are you trying to create a source of revenue. The larger you are, the more you will have to appease your base if you aim to keep them, and if you've made this your main source of income then I could see the perspective these bloggers had of burning out.
    2. If you have no passion or desire to carry on with your blog, why bother at all? If you let others suck the passion out of you, it's time to move on.
    3. Again, determine your focus, are you starting a blog for your own interest or are you starting one to make money. If blogging for your own interest, tune out the complaints and carry on as you see fit. If you're blogging for money then you will be working for your audience and advertisers.

  5. 1. Blogging should be centered around passion, not around making money. If a blog becomes successful enough to make money, the blog center should not change. Product giveaways are okay within moderation, however, blogs should not change to adapt to audience's specific preferences.
    2. If your blog is not driven by passion, it can become monotonous and awful. If your hearts not in it, why blog? Blogging without a love for the topic just becomes mindless rambling.
    3. I think that if a person creates a blog, the blogs central idea should not change, unless the creator truly changes their stance on that topic or theme. The blog's center should not be determined by the audience. If people like your blog, they'll come to it. If they don't like it, you're still a blogger nonetheless. (just don't make everything about the money)

  6. 1. I learned that if you blog daily and gain a following, they are going to expect you to keep blogging frequently. It's what they're used to and what they want. Managing your time is key.

    2. Passion is very important when it comes to blogging. If you are not passionate you will easily run out of things to blog about.

    3. The problem could be avoided by those two key components; passion and time management. They both go hand in hand. You need the time to keep up with your passion, and you need the passion to have the desire to manage your time.

    Susan Phillips

  7. From this article I learned that blogger burnout is real and could possibly be hard to avoid. If there is not passion behind the blog, the readers will know and can't appreciate your work as easily. If there is no passion, not only will you not enjoy your blog, but your readers won't either. I don't know if the problem could be avoided, because there is such a love and want for money in this world. If everyone only blogged when they felt passionate about it, it might solve the problem, but I think that would be easier said than done.

  8. 1. I learned the blogging should not be forced. Instead, you should enjoy what you blog about. If you're passionate about what you are blogging then it will show, but if you begin to lose interest or focus that too will show. Bloggers need to remain focused on what they are blogging about and make sure it is something they will enjoy doing, because if not then the blog will not be as appealing as it could be.
    2. Why blog about something you aren't passionate about or do not love? That makes no sense. If you don't like what you're blogging about then chances are no one else will.
    3. Take your time with your blog. Don't post because you have to post. Post because you want to post. It will be obvious if your post is something that you just whipped up and didn't take time and consideration in.

  9. 1. blogging can burn you out. when a hobby turns to a job, you forget why you loved it in the first place.
    2. keeping passion in what you do allows content to not seem forced. if you love what you do, the enthusiasm will help keep followers and attract new ones.
    3. I would say to blog about a few different topics. not always the same thing. if you blog about the same thing all the time it becomes monotonous. By blogging about different things, maybe in a similar niche, then maybe it will help prevent the dull effect taking place. also it would keep your followers on their toes.

  10. 1) I've learned that there is definitely pros and cons to having a blog about something that you are passionate about. Also, blogging is a lot of work and can be really stressful. You don't want to overwhelm yourself. Also, when a blog becomes real popular the expectations of your blog increases as well.

    2) Passion and Love in blogging is really important. That's the reason that you blog. Why would you blog about something that has no interest to you. That can really show in your post.

    3) My advice would be to really take it slow. Don't feel like you're pressured to please everyone or keep the demands of every follower. Sometimes people need to realize that bloggers have lives outside of the Internet.

  11. 1. I learned that just like any other thing in life, you can get burnt out on blogging. Life happens and sometimes it gets hard to pour so much time into something for the internet.
    2.The importance of passion and loving blogging is huge. People can tell when you are posting something that you really believe in and love doing, and they can also tell when you are posting something just to post, and your heart is not in it.
    3. I think this problem could be avoided by always trying to find something different to blog about. Even though the content all needs to flow, you can go a lot of different routes to keep it interesting. Also, finding something you are very passionate about helps. Most of the time if you are that passionate about something, you will be able to find different ways to keep it interesting for yourself and the readers.

  12. I learned that what makes a good blogger is passion. If there is no passion posts can get repetitive and boring.
    2. I also learned its easier to blog about something that you are passionate about or enjoy. There would be no point in talking about it to others if you find no interest in it.
    3. If you are posting frequently it will help keep your followers and help you get more and more. So being unique and keeping your posts frequent can help.

  13. 1. I learned that blogging seems to be as much of a job as anything else. Its like getting that new job that you like, and like any other job you get a bit tired and burned out and as the work load increases the fun of the job decreases.

    2. If what your blogging about is a passion you less likely to get burnt out as much and as fast if its just something that somewhat interests you.

    3. I would say because I think I experience a small bit of this problem, but l think it would help if as much as you want to post as many blogs as you want like 2 and 3 a day, limit that to one a day. That I think will really cut down on the burn out.

  14. 1. What I learned is that blogging is a full time job. I think a lot of people think that it is something bloggers do in their PJs. and drink coffee. While this was all disproved with the lady that blogged about simple art and crafts that took one or two days to produce.
    2. I think it is something applicable to anything. You have to do what you love or it is shown in your work that you hate it. When you love it, you dont mind spending that extra few hours on it. It is then apparent and people see it and want to read more.
    3. I think this could have been avoided if they would have numbered their blogs to a few a week. I think you don't get as burnt out and get to still enjoy life and have fun.

  15. 1. Blogging requires a lot of content. You can potentially pick any topic out there, but in order to make the blog thrive you need to be updating. There needs to be new and fresh ideas, subjects, and pieces to write about. If every post feels the same, how will you keep people engaged? The goal is to have an ongoing conversation about your topic. Make it interesting.

    2. When it comes to picking a topic, bloggers need to remember that it will require a lot of commitment. It's important to pick something you love and something that you are still learning about. If you still have things to learn then it will be easy to come up with new posts.

    3. Try adding different elements to the subject matter. For example, my blog is about film. I can talk about the way I see films working, as well as what I am doing to learn about film. Highlighting professionals, experts, or even friends on your blog can also be a great way to diversify your content, as long as it fits within the original content.

  16. 1. I learned that you shouldn't just keep doing something for money if it brings you no joy. Of course money is a sensitive topic, but I firmly believe in quality over quantity.
    2. Passion and love is so important in blogging. People can often tell if someone is bored and you don't want your readers to be able to tell you are bored. You have to love blogging to be a blogger. If you don't love blogging but are continuing for a reason that doesn't involve you having a passion for it, I don't think you should be doing it. Always do what you love, especially blogging because it is such a personal thing.
    3. I think the way to avoid getting burnt out on blogging is to always make sure you are being yourself in your posts and you're posting about what you want to post about. Don't conform. I think conformity, especially in today's age, is what makes people so quick to try the next thing. Stick with what you love. To avoid growing out of blogging, I suggest blogging on your own time and not setting deadlines for yourself unless absolutely necessary. When you have to set deadlines for a blog post, that probably means you don't want to do it.

  17. 1. One thing I learned from this article is to chose a topic that can be continued and that means a lot to you. If you have a personal connection with a topic it will be even easier to share your love and connect with the readers. I also learned that you should be aware of the success your blog might have and to be prepared to continue it.
    2. The importance of having a passion and love for what you are blogging about is extremely important because readers are able to sense when something isn't genuine or loses the spark it once had. In the article it states, "the couple forged an intimate bond with their audience that went beyond fix-it projects" which shows how much passion plays a role in the content of the blog.
    3. This could be avoided by selecting a topic that you know can be expanded and continued. If you chose a topic that is super specific and allows no room for growth, then you will set yourself up for failure. You should take into consideration the success the blog might have and be prepared to continue it. It is also important to realize different events that are coming up in your life so you will know how to either schedule around it or incorporate it in your blog so that you are still involved in the blog and have time to give your readers something they will be interested in, but also engaged in your life outside of the blog.

  18. 1. What I learned about blogging from this article was that everyone's life gets busy and sometimes hard to make time to blog, especially if your life gets busy all of the sudden. I feel like I could relate to this blog because when I actually want to blog about something good, Im usually swamped with other projects and jobs that I don't want to make time to write, especially when I look at the computer all day.
    2. The importance of passion is something that everyone should have when writing I strongly believe. How can you convince your reader to believe your passionate about your blog If your not showing in in your blog.
    3. The problem could be avoided in my opinion by blogging about things that interest you and relate to your life. I feel that readers can see your passion in a post if Its something that relates to your life or what you care about.