I found these questions ( from Darren Rowse Problogger) that you should ask when you are considering whether to keep blogging. ( Should I give up blogging? 20 Questions to Ask Yourself )
While I don’t think I have any intention of stopping Librarians Matter, I’ve noticed my posts are slowing down as I enter my third year. I’ve been spending more time twittering, on new work projects, blogging elsewhere , getting slowly interested in videoblogging – and even trying to go walking at 6am to spend some one-on-one time with Mr10.
My friend Con (Ruminations) has been feeling in a pickle about whether to keep up with her blogging, Morgan (Exploded Library) has recently restarted his blog after a self-imposed hiatus and Fiona (blisspix) has decided to give up her more personal library related blog in favour of continuing a couple of others. I’ve noticed a huge drop in the number of new posts appearing in my aggregator from librar* blogs.
I find twitter is filling the community/comment space that was once filled reading and commenting on blogs. I like Hugh Macleod’s illustration of the phenomena, from back in 2007:
The hiatus lasted exactly five days when he re-created his twitter account with the explanation:
“Short answer: Too many people I do business with are also on Twitter. Being off it was impossible. My bad. My Twitter page is here.:”
Anyhow, here are Darren’s Twenty Questions. I’ve tried answering those that I think are relevant. Problogger is concerned with making money from blogging. I’m not.
- What goals do I have for this blog? Are they being met? Am I getting closer to meeting them?
- GOALS: First off I wanted to just find out about blogging, then to connect with other library bloggers, and finally (as subscribers grew) to actually have something that made it worthwhile for my subscribers to keep reading my blog. BEING MET? I certainly know about blogging, I’ve connected with other library bloggers, but am finding it harder to find the time to have something original to say.
- Am I Interested in the Topic?
- Still passionately interested.
- Am I getting personal satisfaction from posting?
- When I do it – absolutely. (Bit like physical exercise)
- How Many Posts Did I write in the Last Month?
- Do I have time to keep the blog running?
- Not really. I’m consciously pulling back and making it a lower priority
- Is anyone reading my blog?
- Judging by the number of subscribers and the comments, yes people are reading
- Have I given it enough time?
- In the past, yes
- Do I still see myself writing on this blog in 18 months time?
- Not as intensely and intricately as in the last year
- Is the niche growing or dying?
- Is the blog earning anything?
- Is the blog growing my profile and perceived expertise?
- Undoubtedly. Which is interesting, as there are many people, who are less findable that I am, who know a lot more.
- Are there any other benefits from this blog?
- Yes. Many times comments or emails in response to a post have filled gaps in my knowledge. There have been a couple of posts where I was really proud to provide the site where other people could share knowledge with each other via the comments. I find that often when I am asked about something at work, I have blogged about it months before and have a coherent response prewritten.
- Is the blog giving energy to or taking energy away from me?
- Taking energy
- Is the Blog’s traffic and income growing or shrinking?
- Traffic is growing steadily.
- Are readers engaging with the content?
- Yes. I’m still thrilled and excited when people make comments. The fact that most of them are intelligent and well thought out enriches the blog
- If readers are commenting – what are they saying?
- What are other bloggers writing about my blog ?
- I get about 3-4 incoming links from other blogs a week.
- Do I have anything original and useful to say on my topic?
- Yes I do, but original, well-crafted and researched opinion / speculation pieces take a lot more time than I have at the moment, so I have too many posts where I re-package other peoples’ content
- What else could I do with the time that I spend on this blog
- Connect with the family, exercise, use twitter even more
- What would the impact be of me not blogging? (on readers and me)
- I’d feel totally out of the loop and like I wasn’t giving back to a community where so many people are sharing their thoughts, knowledge and experience. I’d stop looking at much of my real life experience to see whether it is potentially bloggable.