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Do You Still Have The Thrill To Blog?

Posted by on Jul 23, 2009

There was a New York Times article from a little over a month ago called Blogs Falling In An Empty Forest, talking about how many people stop writing in their blogs because of different reasons. One lady dropped because she started to freak when people noticed her out in public; she lives in NYC. Another person dropped it because she didn’t get a lot of comments and was disappointed by that. Still another person dropped blogging because he thought he’d make a lot of money from it quickly, but didn’t.

Blogging is both easy and hard at the same time. It’s easy because all you have to do is write. It’s hard because what you have to consistently do is write.

There’s not much problem with writing for many people, per se. What the problem becomes if trying to think of what they want to say. It’s one of the problems with niche blogging, when a person has defined their niche so rigidly that they don’t know what to write about pretty soon because they feel they’ve covered it all. They might not have, but that’s how they might feel.

If they’re not a niche blogger, they may feel like, all of a sudden, blogging is a chore. Suddenly, it starts to feel like work to them. Well, if your intention was to make money, of course it’s work. If your intention was just to write, and you didn’t feel the passion just to write when you started, you made a mistake.

There were a couple of statistics in the article. Per Technorati, only 7.4 million out of 133 million blogs they track had been updated in the past 120 days, or less than 5%. Also, CEO Richard Jalichandra said that, at any given time, there are 7 million to 10 million active blogs on the Internet, but “it’s probably between 50,000 and 100,000 blogs that are generating most of the page views.”

Heck, I’m glad to see it’s that high. It means I still have a shot at breaking into the big time with this, or any of my other blogs.

Now, I’ll own up to having some of the same feelings with my business blog some years ago. I was on the verge of giving it up back in 2006. I was on the road a lot, it seemed like a lot of trouble for almost no return, and then my ISP had lost all my content in a total system crash. I had a perfect reason to give up the ghost and move on with my life. Instead, I decided I still had lots to say, and would dedicate my time to making sure I kept writing updates. I guess I felt I still needed a place to say certain things, an outlet to vent, mainly about topics relating to my business. But it’s amazing how one can turn a post about almost anything into something that can be related to business.

See, inspiration really is everywhere and anywhere. Just as I found my inspiration for this post in the NY Times article, anyone can find inspiration in things they read, see, or experience. And if you have any passion whatsoever, you will, and you’ll continue blogging. And it won’t matter how often you blog, or how many posts you have. It will to potential readers, though, because if you don’t post often enough, people won’t come back. So, you also have to decide how much you care about that.

In the end, it’s not about money (though we want it), and it’s not about comments (though we crave them); it’s about self expression and knowledge. How much do you love blogging? And how will you express yourself today?


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28 Comments »

Sire:

It’s also about having a say, getting something off your chest or simply sharing an experience with your readers. I’ve been doing it for several years now and I am more enthralled by blogging than ever.

July 23rd, 2009 | 10:06 AM
Mitch:

Wow, that was fast, Sire; I’m stunned you’re still awake! 🙂

You’re absolutely right, and a great example of someone who still exhibits the passion for blogging after many years.

July 23rd, 2009 | 10:09 AM
Mirjam:

I actually stopped blogging for a while when I noticed people were actually reading what I was putting out on the Internet, seeing that I wanted the blog to be about me when I bought the domain name in the “heat of the moment” and not thinking things through, hence the domain name I now so totally regret ROFLMAO
.-= Mirjam´s last blog ..Making Money with Infobarrel =-.

July 23rd, 2009 | 5:15 PM
Mitch:

That’s funny, Mirjam. Did it shock you that people were interested in what you had to say?

July 23rd, 2009 | 7:53 PM
Mirjam:

not as much shock me, it made me way more aware of the influence you can have on other people´s life and the responsability that comes along with that.

my “personal blog” was never meant to make me any money, it was just a place for me to keep track of what i had learned and share that with others, like sharing information I feel is worth sharing with people in the MMO niche.

On the other hand, the MMO is way different from “normal” Internet users and probably the worst niche to market, which is why i just share my own experiences.

I have around 45 blogs that are set up way different from my personal one, so the thrill will never be gone, not to write, but to actually see them checks coming in 😉
.-= Mirjam´s last blog ..The Keyword Academy Webinars Rock! =-.

July 24th, 2009 | 6:31 AM
Mitch:

You actually are running 45 blogs? I assume that’s including your Squidoo lenses? The funny thing is that I created this blog to be my personal blog, but also to put my affiliate programs on it. It’s still kind of personal, but not like I originally intended, and I feel sometimes that something’s been lost. Then other times I tell myself “heck, if you need to be more personal, it’s probably a good time to shut up.” 🙂

July 24th, 2009 | 8:56 AM
Mirjam:

hmmm … no, that is not including my squidoo lenses, free blogs etc…. all blogs on my own domains…. which is why I don´t write too much on my “personal” blog.

gonna branch out now though into content for money and sniper niche sites like you can see in my latest posts and so far I am feeling that was a wise step to make 😉
.-= Mirjam´s last blog ..The Keyword Academy Webinars Rock! =-.

July 26th, 2009 | 2:31 AM
Mitch:

I’m glad it’s working out for you. I can’t remember, but do you do other work also, or is this your main source of income?

July 26th, 2009 | 3:40 PM
Mirjam:

it´s my main source of income Mitch. Not the best income in the world but at least it is improving 😉
.-= Mirjam´s last blog ..The MMO Results Are Starting to Show =-.

July 27th, 2009 | 6:54 PM
Mitch:

Cool; then I’m pulling for you even harder! 🙂

July 27th, 2009 | 9:00 PM

Mitch, I have now been blogging for just over a year with fairly regular posts and a very loyal slowly increasing readership. Some readers have become off blog friends via phone, email and IM too. My blog is not monetized and a slowly growing community of bloggers who visit each other and comment on each others blogs is a very satisfying phenomenon in this world where I believe that we need to connect with people all over the world. My association with your blog is a case in point. I do not know how often you visit my blog but I read all your posts and whenever you post a topic that appeals to me, I comment and we have a nice exchange of views. If I ever need any assistance in the fields that you operate in, I know where to come.

I enjoy blogging and what it has given me, as I am sure do all regular visitors to my blog.
.-= Rummuser´s last blog ..Conrad and Yours Truly. =-.

July 24th, 2009 | 12:14 AM
Mitch:

Rummuser, I subscribe to your blog, which means I check in a couple of times a week to see what you’re writing about. You have grown your community slowly, and it looks like you’ve gained a nice bit of respect. You have the passion for blogging, and one can tell.

July 24th, 2009 | 12:30 AM
Christa Bledsoe:

Hello Mitch. Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting. As to this post, my blog just turned 1 on June 18th and so I am familiar with blogging and I couldn’t agree more with what you’ve written here. I really enjoy being able to express myself on my blog.
.-= Christa Bledsoe´s last blog ..Jon Gosselin Is A Gigilo =-.

July 24th, 2009 | 3:55 AM
Mitch:

Thanks for your comment, Christa. I think everyone who makes at least a year deserves a big congratulations, because so many others end after a couple of months.

July 24th, 2009 | 8:53 AM
viessmann poznan:

I think it is impossible to create and keep alive really good blog without giving one’s heart to it. There are now many blogs made only for money, but people who are creating them just miss the idea. Blog supposed to be something personal and realistic.

July 24th, 2009 | 5:30 AM
Mitch:

Interesting point, Viessmann. I don’t have an overall problem with niche blogs, but I do have a problem with “boring” and seeing the same thing written over and over on so many of them.

July 24th, 2009 | 8:54 AM
Mirjam:

sure is an interesting point Viessmann brought up there. I don´t think blogging needs to be personal, I think it is about sharing ideas and information. And I for one don´t think I miss the idea… 😉
.-= Mirjam´s last blog ..The Keyword Academy Webinars Rock! =-.

July 26th, 2009 | 2:34 AM
John Dilbeck:

Good morning, Mitch.

This is an interesting question.

Do I still have the thrill to blog?

I’ve never really thought about it from that perspective.

I’m not sure that I’ve ever been thrilled by blogging or about blogging.

However, I do enjoy the self-expression, sharing, and — sometimes — just getting things off my chest and/or out of my head that I can do on my blogs.

I enjoy blogging, but the testing of all the blogs I started (most of which I abandoned after testing) was a bit of a chore. The same is true for learning all the different blogging platforms while doing the testing over a two or three year period.

Now, I feel that I’m settled in pretty well with three primary blogs and a couple more that are targeted to my adopted home town.

I’m wondering about the future of my affiliate marketing blog, but I’m planning to hang in there and let the future take care of itself.

One thing I miss is having the time to post to my personal blog, but that should turn around in the next few weeks after I rebuild my websites that have been sadly neglected for the last few years.

I still enjoy blogging, and I enjoy commenting on blog posts that make me think or help me learn something.

It’s not quite a thrill, but it is enjoyable.

Act on your dream!

JD

July 24th, 2009 | 10:47 AM
Mitch:

Hi John.

In my mind, you’re thrilled about blogging because you enjoy it. Most of us want to quantify our enjoyment, and the word “thrill” does seem to take on the connotation of being entertained beyond measure. Well, one of the definitions of the word is “to get great pleasure from,” and I’d have to say there are times when I get great pleasure, and other times when I’m writing because it’s what I do. But since I get it here and there, I’d say I’m thrilled. And since you enjoy it, I’d say you’re thrilled also, whether you would or not. 🙂

July 24th, 2009 | 4:33 PM
John Dilbeck:

Good afternoon, Mitch.

OK. By that definition, I’m thrilled with blogging.

😉

JD

July 25th, 2009 | 12:17 PM

Mitch,

I love blogging because I love to write. As a journalist, I always have something to say. What disturbs me about some bloggers is they act as citizen journalists and tend to rant without supporting their statements with any facts.
.-= Beverly Mahone´s last blog ..Relying on the Kindness of Others – MORE Magazine =-.

July 24th, 2009 | 9:11 PM
Mitch:

Hey Bev,

Actually, I don’t even mind that, because when the facts come out, those folks will look bad and lose credibility, and no one will want to read their stuff anymore. Well, at least has hopes that’s how it will go.

As you can see, I also love to write. :_)

July 24th, 2009 | 10:11 PM
Danny:

Well I guess blogging is like everything else, it might not be for everybody. For example, it may be cool to watch kung fu movie until you get to the gym to practice then you realize it may not be so cool to be next Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee.

However, blogging could be therapeutic if you really enjoy writing on the topic that you are blogging and when you have a loyal following reading your posts.

July 25th, 2009 | 9:13 AM
Mitch:

Good points, Danny. When it feels more like work than like fun, I think a lot of people will just drop blogging and move on.

July 25th, 2009 | 11:04 AM
wilhb81:

Thanks goodness, Mitch. I’m one of the 7.4 million bloggers who update my blog, at least twice per week! Lol

I loved blogging and I won’t lose my interest, unless I’ve already R.I.P!

July 27th, 2009 | 2:33 AM
Mitch:

I’m with you on that one, Wil. I’ll be plugging along until I can’t.

July 27th, 2009 | 8:32 AM
Gary:

It’s nice to hear from people that they are becoming successful through blogging. Truly, blogging is a tough job that’s why some bloggers just abandoned their blogs because of that reason.

July 29th, 2009 | 1:11 PM
Mitch:

True, Gary, it’s really not as easy as many people think it is. It’s also not as hard as other people think it is, if one has at least a little bit of passion and has enough to say, even if it’s only about themselves.

July 29th, 2009 | 2:28 PM