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April 14, 2005

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John

I think most bloggers go through periods of just not having a lot to say. This is a problem because you know that any hiatus will soon mean that your blog has lost all its audience and you'd have to start again. Or, you'd just get lazy and not want to start it again.

I've been finding it hard to think of things to say lately. Maybe it's just a slow news time?

I try to combat these lethargic impulses with two strategies: (1) write about things that aren't that serious; in other words, posting something is better than nothing and (2) think less before posting. I don't know about others, but I often find that the more I ponder on a post the more likely I am to just ignore the whole thing.

Following this regime for a few days will generally tide me over until something better comes to mind.

Frank McGahon

This is a problem because you know that any hiatus will soon mean that your blog has lost all its audience and you'd have to start again

This is the real conundrum...

(2) think less before posting. I don't know about others, but I often find that the more I ponder on a post the more likely I am to just ignore the whole thing

I know exactly what you mean, I've been thinking the same thing myself...

Good advice!

Peter Nolan

It's a transfer, not a termination!

I'm posting at a fair clip on the FI blog at www.freedominst.org/blog.html

I dunno if I know how I feel. It's a bit of a threadmill sometime, so I've stewed on posts for quite a while and then put out some that were the outcome of quite deep thought.

John

It's a transfer, not a termination!

I'm posting at a fair clip on the FI blog at www.freedominst.org/blog.html.

Yeah, yeah, yeah. Talk all you want, but you've quit in our books. I'm going to boycott all your posts at the freedominst blog until blackline is back up and running.

So there!

John

I dunno if I know how I feel. It's a bit of a threadmill sometime, so I've stewed on posts for quite a while and then put out some that were the outcome of quite deep thought.

This was pretty clear from your posts, Peter. Your blog, your posts and your writing style all indicated how seriously you took it. I can see how this would grind you down eventually.

You rarely (never?) made a frivolous post. There is a value in the frivolous posts, I believe, but not if you're in any way worried about how you might look to anyone who's reading.

John

Peter,

From my perspective, the Freedominst blog needs to use far fewer words per post. I find it hard to get through some of them. I think they should move to a model like (a) the corner – use the blog for shot comments and post links to articles held elsehwere on the site or (b) go with a model that uses a few sentences from each post and then a "more" link for those who want more.

They also need a few more light-hearted contributors. People who will post on culture or sports occasionally.

Reading blogs is a short break activity for many people (like me). I generally don't have time for full dissertations, but if I'm really interested I'll stick with it.

Peter Nolan

Interesting feedback - thanks. It would be nice to have what counselors call a living funeral and get all this feedback.

ainelivia

Hej Frank, on your recco went to have a look at Black___________ , pity that just as I discovered it, ah well.

Saw a list of Blogger Awards over there. Didn't see you, don't they know a well thought out and interesting site when they see one? Maybe next time,

Frank McGahon

Those were the "Freedom Institute" awards, if you look at the comments of that post, there was quite a discussion there!

Peter Nolan

Aine, there's plenty in the archives that remains topical - if I may say so myself.

I nominated Frank for the awards, but the judges gave them elsewhere. What can I say?

ainelivia

Oh, hmmm.... we need an institute for freedom? Naive of me to imagine that it's part of our european democratic tradition; when were the last serfs given freedom? 1918 Russia perhaps, they had a poll tax there too, and we had one in Brit-on in oh yes, the reign of MT1.

Maybe we do need a Freedom Institute

Dicussion I'll have a look at that, archives too.

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