Running a Blog will Drive you Insane

I’ve made it no secret I’m having issues with this blog right now.  Whether it’s that I’m feeling burned out or that the blog is eating the comments, it’s hard for me to even focus on writing humorous content when I can’t even keep the technical side of this blog working correctly.

And that is why running a blog will drive you nuts.

There is so much more to running a blog than just keeping the content fire hose on and spewing out valuable content. A few examples:

  1. You need to come up with a catchy title and domain.
  2. You need to choose a blog platform that works well for you and set it up on your new domain.
  3. You need to have a beautiful, readable page design.
  4. If you want interaction, you need a reliable, easy to use comment system.
  5. If you’re a share whore, you need to figure out how to add as many buttons to your posts as possible.

Figured that all out?  Good.  Now you can start blogging.

But wait!  You’ll probably realize your layout doesn’t format photos or some other content exactly like you want it to.  So, after a few posts, you’ll be stuck wading through CSS and HTML trying to make it look like it’s supposed to look instead of writing out that next great blog post.

If you have good writing chops and get people thinking, you’ll probably start getting more comments than you can deal with.  Then you have to deal with trolls, comment spam, and your comment system crashing.  Another annoyance to deal with before you put your mind in the word processor.

Somewhere in there, you’re probably expected to have a life away from your computer and smartphone.  Those people who love you and you tolerate love will want to see you, taking more of your time away from the blogosphere.

One day, when you’re arms deep in coding while trying to come up with that next post that needs to be online in 5 hours and suddenly start speaking in tongues to pink elephants, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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