Blogging is easy…oh wait, it’s not

Interacting with the bloggers that submitted their sites, I noticed many common beliefs. The one I’m going to talk about today: blogging is “easy”…uh oh wait, it’s not. Yes, it is easy to start blogging however, depending on the goal of the writer; it soon becomes obvious how difficult it can be. Especially, once the writer has an audience. Most writers pray for an audience but once they have the audience, the awareness of the responsibility it entails sinks in. There is the flipped situation as well, pouring your heart into your blog to receive no comments, no interaction, and minimal traffic. In each case the writer can begin to wonder whether it is worth it? The “fun” is sucked right out blogging.

That is when it is time to step back and evaluate things. Are you doing things the right way, meaning could things be improved? Why aren’t people commenting? If people are commenting why is there drama on your site? Are you writing about what you are truly passionate about? There are many considerations.

I had a moment like that recently where I questioned whether it was worth it. Is it worth going through all the submissions? Is it worth the tough decisions I have to make and being considered the bad gal? It can be frustrating at times because it is impossible to please everyone, no matter how hard you try. The good news is that usually, the hard work pays off, sometimes when we least expect it.

This morning I received a private message via my.9rules from LorriM. She read on Jark’s site about how Japanese experts published an Internet Train Map.

9rules on the Internet Train Map

You cannot imagine my shock to not only see 9rules on map but to be listed with 37 signals, Slashdot, DeviantArt (which Jark is a co-founder of) in the article…it was exactly what I needed to revive me. The hard work does pay off. It is worth it. Thank you!

Then I started thinking that, although wonderful I received my boost, what can I do to help others? Not like I’m the only one right? So here is what I’m going to do: I read a lot of blogs but you never know I am there because I don’t comment. I rarely comment because that can be hard to keep track of. I’m going to get back to writing about the things I come across and sharing them. Perhaps that will help give others that rejuvenation we all eventually need.

When Scrivs logged on, I was ready to hit with him this news. I’m the girl of the triad. They have to put up with these things. He casually says, “You read the Independent link?” and I thought “crap, so much for wowing him with this” and he played it cool…but I know he was smiling a cheesy smile. And I’ll get my chance…probably with fantasy football or something. 🙂