Follow Up: "Why I Failed at Blogging"


It hasn’t been too long until I got the first couple of responses to my last post! First of all it’s great to see people reacting to what I write. It makes me think I’m on the right path here. (Shush if you don’t think so 😉)

Manton picked up on the part about caring too much about the stats:

If all that drives you is the number of likes on a tweet, or subscribers to your podcast, it’s easy to get discouraged when the numbers don’t pan out. Or worse, overthink your writing when you know a bunch of people are paying attention.

In my case it was both, maybe a bit more about the overthinking. Thinking if what you write will make a certain group of people satisfied or upset changes the way you write and will all too often lead to a dead end. It’s not becoming the text you were thinking about, but rather the text you think others might be judging nicely and maybe give you a like for it on Facebook.

Everyone has something to say. Write because you love it, or to become a better writer, or to develop an idea.

I’m not sure what I have to say yet, but I hope I will have something 😉And loving to write and trying to become a better writer is exactly what I will do around here!

Colin Walker reacted to some different aspects, especially tinkering around and pet projects:

Both of these can actually be good sources for blogging as you can write up your thoughts and progress as you go which, by their very nature, are definitely not in perfect territory.

That’s definitely true! Although for me I always felt like even more work to also write about my pet projects. When I work on an app for example, I totally immerse in it, coding until 4am. Until I can get back to it the other day there are already new ideas on how to go on and improve. Writing about it would have stopped my flow. I would write about it when I’m done or when I found a solution to a hard problem. I feel like this might help others out. On the other hand, when you’re stuck trying to solve a problem or finding new ideas, writing about it will almost definitely help to find the way forward!

Colin also linked to one of his posts: Why We Need Short Form Content on Our Blogs, making a case for short form content on blogs and why it isn’t a good idea to only have long articles on a blog. This was a reaction to Chris Lovie-Tyler:

When I first started blogging, it felt like the expectation was that blog posts should be about 500 words

That was exactly my feeling. I even tried to get it way above 500. And it’s wrong. Shorter posts can sometimes be more valuable than long articles. It’s not possible to write thousands of words on every topic on a blog. And who says that people even enjoy reading it if it’s too long. I have the feeling that long articles are not very popular anymore these days. It takes time to read and people think they don’t have that time.

Getting to the point, sharing the message is more important. If it needs more words, do it! If not, just leave it as short as it needs to be.