Willing But Wanting: Starting Blogs Is Easy, But…
Posted by AaronF
Keeping up with blogging is difficult.
Oh I want to blog to be sure. Mostly for the reasons Justin Mann points out in Press ‘Publish’: Start an Academic Blog. It’s easy right? All you need to do is “press publish” and you can, according to Mann:
- Spread the knowledge you’ve developed in your field
- Build an audience
- Connect with people with similar interests
- Develop professionally and advance your career
- Get some free stuff and cash
This is all good stuff and Mann is right. But, it’s not easy. I should know. I’ve started around five different blogs. None of which exist today and most of which never went beyond a handful of posts.
Why? As Alex Reid puts it in Why Blog? Searching for Writing on the Web, to get good at doing something you have to spend time doing it.
Okay, that’s one reason at least. After working a more than full-time job that includes frequent travel throughout North America, I find it difficult to lift my toothbrush most days let alone write a well-researched blog post.
Ah! And, you’ve discovered my other reason for not blogging (even though I really, really, really want to). I’m a persnickety writer. Nothing I have ever written is good enough. It’s an awful habit and an even worse state of existence. (Melodrama fully intended.)
If you liked this post, you won’t find me on Squarespace, TypePad, WordPress, LiveJournal, or Blogger.
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