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Nothing to say today?

(in reference to a post at Lunar Adventures in which the blogger complains about their own procrastination in posting):

While this blogger is hardly the only one to experience a lack of inspiration to post, I think it does point out a common problem with many blog sites, and I was particularly interested in Kaitlin's comment: "Anyway, one can't force himself to have great ideas on a daily basis".

True enough. You can't force ideas. I've talked about inspiration before, and also about posting regularly but sometimes I can almost see the disbelieving stares. How can you possibly have something fresh to say every single day?

Well, I don't know if you can have GREAT ideas or posts every day, but I've done at least daily posts at my main site for years now, and recently added two more sites (this is one of them) where I also do daily posts. Not all the posts are shining examples of the best in blogging, though in more recent years I have forced myself toward higher quality standards than I might have had originally. I'm no different than most of you - well, except for having two heads and an extra set of hands to type with - no, really, I'm just like most of you: a one person blogger tapping away at the keyboard when I can. So how do I keep up that daily regimen for three blogs?

I think it's partly a matter of blogging on a subject that interests you. For example, although I enjoy Scrabble, poker, going to the gym and other things that make up my life, I couldn't write about any of those things every single day. I CAN write about Unix/Linux/Mac OS X, blogging tips (right here), and http://aplawrence.com/foo-self-employment">self employment every single day because those subjects really interest me. Because my own thoughts are often in those areas quite naturally, and because I search out other blogs and newsgroups that discuss these things, ideas for posts are constantly popping into my head. All I need to do is write them down. Make sure you do jot them down, by the way. If I can't get the ideas down on disk or paper, I'll sometimes call my own cell phone and leave a rambling message that will become a blog post later. I do that because I've learned that ideas have a way of mysteriously disappearing.. what was I thinking about after lunch? Darn, that was a good idea.. but it's gone.

If you want to blog regularly (and I think that's important), pick a subject that interests you. If it truly is something that's important to you, you probably will have multiple posting ideas every day. Not every one is a winner, of course, but surely one is worth a few hundred words, isn't it?



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