A cross between an accomplishment and a confession: it’s been more than three years since I missed a day of blogging. When I want a day off (or a week off), I schedule posts so that there’s fresh content every day on the blog… big or small, some little thing every day. Sometimes I actually have a surge in blog traffic when it’s unattended — presumably because I’ve future-posted something good, or at least better-than-average. Every now and then though, I hit a dry patch where I don’t feel particularly inspired in any direction at all. Lately I’ve been vacillating between uninspired and fatigued. I can usually deal with one or the other… but the combination is difficult. I actually have been battling an unusual degree of fatigue since Christmas, and what energy I have is spoken for by a few priorities ahead of blogging… and I get worn out too quickly these days. In case you couldn’t tell, today is one of those days. For those who blog, what do you blog about when nothing really strikes you? Or do you have the good sense (unlike some of us) to say nothing?
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Hey Brother M, I hope you can find the rest you need. When I have nothin’ to say, I post stupid video’s of a bear kicking the crap out of some guy ;-)
I am another with a daily blogging habit. If I have a busy period or a few days away coming up, I make the effort to prepare some advance posts to fill the gap. I also bookmark things of interest as “blogfodder”, giving an easy way out when inspiration runs dry.
Having said that, it was very refreshing to take a deliberate week long break over Christmas; I think I might plan in a few more breaks this year and not feel guilty about it.
I post nothing … whether or not there is wisdom in that remains to be seen.
I had a deliberate break over Christmas but am struggling to ramp up again and have unfortunately exhausted all my pre-written stuff. The horror!
I post nothing, but it is often because I am travelling or in a place where I have no access to the internet and I definitely am not one to plan ahead. Even if I were someone who plans ahead, when we were in the Philippines I definitely would have missed some days. Being a missionary – which could also be called one who packs and unpacks – definitely prevents daily blogging at times. I also hate to look for things to post. I aspire to be one who posts by inspiration – whether it is the inspiration of God or not is a good question, although I hope to be in tune with His voice. :)
ditto on the nothing
Blogging daily for 2 weeks (through the PC book) nearly killed me. I only have time for 2-3 decent posts per week. Inspiration ebbs and flows. I don’t really worry about it anymore. I usually have an idea of where I’m headed for the next week or two, but I hold to it lightly because I’d rather go with the whim of the moment.
Because of blogreaders, posting daily isn’t so important. When you publish, your readers will be notified through their reader. Of course the traffic numbers drop between posts, but I don’t think you lose the audience during the lapse of a few days.
Most people no longer visit blogs to check for new posts. Except for Saturday, when I’m tapping my fingers at 8 am MST. ;)
You’ve been in my thoughts. Praying that your feet find solid ground, your soul finds a place of peace, and your spirit finds renewal and hope. Blessings to your family.
I don’t blog everyday, but almost. Sometimes I blog multiple posts in one day, just for good measure.
I think of my blog as a “commonplace book” of sorts, so I blog whatever suits my fancy. This leads to some posts being introspective, but others are flippant and silly. I’m one of those bloggers who loves me a good meme. ;-)
Sometimes I don’t say anything at all. The silence isn’t profound though.
I haven’t missed many days either, but when I lack the energy and motivation I sometimes write about something mundane, like why I enjoy mint chocolate chip ice-cream ;)
Inspiration sucks as a methodology. Completely unreliable. Sometimes absent because I have drifted into spiritual befuddlement or worse. But sometimes it seems the Spirit is simply doing something else. At least with a blog it is optional. But preaching when your dry. . . And really, in the end who the hell cares whether my blog post is particularly insightful or meaningless dribble, but when you crash and there’s a community depending on you for some kind of authentic word…. ech. I really hate that.
and whaddya mean I winked?