On Being Prolific

Blog Years - The Anti-Social MediaThis is the 399th blog post I’ve written in the span of about a year and a half here at The Anti-Social Media. That’s 399 blog posts in 548 days, or about 7 tenths of a blog post a day (I like to keep the other 3 tenths saved in my nest egg for a rainy day). It also includes 200 unique comics, not counting the ones I create for speeches and presentations.

That’s more swearing, bitching, and whining than most people do in their entire lifetime.

Long-term blogging is hard, even for experts. There’s only so much we can write about, and only so many ways we can say it. We’re human. We lose interest. We have other obligations off of the internet, like survival and feeding our cats.

Thankfully, I blog about social media, where everything changes every two weeks and Facebook keeps shooting itself in the foot. I’ll never run out of material.

Bloggers, both old and new, is it hard for you to blog frequently? Is it worth it? Do you even care? I want to know what the other people who spend their time writing on the internet think of the madness we put ourselves through.

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11 Responses to “On Being Prolific”

  1. Gavin Llewellyn June 23, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    I think that bloggers such as you and many, many others (including the ‘greats’ such as Seth Godin, Mitch Joel, Chris Brogan etc) should be commended! In my opinion, the best bloggers blog frequently. Perhaps not every day, but at least every other day and with great content every time. That’s why it’s so difficult!

    I’m fairly new to blogging. Although I’ve been blogging on and off for several years using free blogging services (such as Blogspot and WordPress.com), it’s only recently since launching my own website using WordPress.org that I’m attempting to really knuckle down and blog *properly*. I see it as a brilliant way of sharing my thoughts, ideas and opinions, as well as showcasing my skills and expertise.

    I agree that it is tough to blog frequently but then again it’s tough to do anything really well. And that’s why it’s tough. If it were easy, anyone could do it! But at the end of it all, it really is worth it. For people like me, it’s about pushing through the resistance, working hard and finally (hopefully) producing good blog posts - regularly - that adds value and helps others.

  2. Jess C. June 23, 2011 at 11:15 am #

    You rule.

    Thanks for doing what you do. I’m a fan.

    • Claire Wagner June 23, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

      What she said.

    • Jay June 24, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      I just do it so I’m less snarky, angry and cynical when I meet real people.

  3. Rob June 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm #

    I’ve wanted to create a blog for a while, but what you’re talking about is exactly my issue. I don’t want to be a boring blog, or one that sputters out, because creating new and interesting content all the time is time consuming and I have little spare time as it is. However, many of these social media sites will tell you that a blog is an important part of being part of the social media spectrum, and I really want to participate, not just regurgitate (as you just ranted about in your social media human centipede post).
    I appreciate the amount of time you put into this blog and that you can consistently make me laugh with your entries. Kudos to you! And congrats on making it to 400. You’ve found your niche as an angry, cat-owning, social media nerd and it looks like it is working for you!

    • Jay June 24, 2011 at 10:32 am #

      I should just blog about my cat. That would be so much easier.

  4. Danny Brown June 23, 2011 at 3:41 pm #

    I write about peeing and socks monkeys. Sometimes I write about sock monkeys peeing. I do worry about running out of ideas.

    • Jay June 24, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      I wrote about human centipedes. Clearly, we both have awesome tastes in bathroom humor.

  5. aryan June 25, 2011 at 9:56 am #

    i like what he said.

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