Wait for it…
Here it is…
Don’t Do It. Just Don’t.
I was bound and determined to post a blog post today.
I re-visited a couple of drafts. Eh, nothing insightful, empowering, or inspiring there.
I finished the last two chapters of a really good book that I thought I would share. Nah, want to think through that post some more.
I read through my notebook, hammered out a few bullet points on one topic, but I needed to let it simmer longer for full effect.
A lot of bloggers will tell you that your ideas don’t have to be perfect. Part of putting them down on paper is the experience you derive from your own thought process that goes into the post. You learn as you write. I don’t disagree.
I also think that sometimes it’s a great idea to start an idea and let your readers have a discussion and increase the value tenfold in the comments section.
But then there are others, like Jonathan Mead, who insists he only posts when he has something to say.
It’s an interesting argument.
Personally, I subscribe the theory that you certainly don’t have to have the perfect blog post. I’m passionate about facilitating conversations that will engage my community and stir up dialogue we can all glean insight from – with an overall emphasis on making our lives better in some way.
But, I also feel a certain level of responsibility to deliver good content that can achieve those goals, and there’s nothing about that suggesting you should just post for the sake of it. I’m a proponent of consistency, but if you have a posting schedule and nothing to say one day, you better have a good queue of posts ready and waiting.
Sometimes you only get one shot at this. Say zilch and there’s a good chance that’s how many first-time readers who stumbled across your blog on that day will return.
What say you? Do you have a strict blogging regimen and post everyday regardless of how stimulating you think your post might be? Do you subscribe to the philosophy that any action is good action? Or do you only post when you have something important to say? When something inspires you to write? To have your voice heard?
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