Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The People Who Make a Big Deal About Blog Hiatuses Are Precisely the Type of People Who Can't Stop Blogging

Obviously, I haven't been blogging much this year. At least not here -- as I mentioned, I'm blogging over at the Network Solutions Solutions Are Power blog. In fact, that's one of the reasons why I haven't been blogging so much over here. Part of it is blog fatigue, but it's mostly because, in my all-too frequent desperate attempts to get out of deadline holes I've dug myself into, I've been writing about social media and community topics that I would have otherwise have written about here.

The other big reason why I haven't been blogging over here is @joelogon -- Twitter. Microblogged 140-character Twitter status posts are usually more than enough to convey the dumbness that I find myself blundering into; unlike my del.icio.us items, after I post something to Twitter, I don't find myself blogging in greater detail about them later. (Then again, I haven't exactly been doing that with my del.icio.us links lately, either.)

One thing I'm not going to do is announce any sort of blog hiatus or retirement or any of that foolishness. I find that the only people who make a big deal of going on a blog hiatus or doing big farewell posts are exactly the kinds of people who can't stay away from blogging (and invariably come back a few weeks or months later).

People who stop blogging just... stop blogging. No grand gestures or farewell missives. They just sort of trail off, like a fading IM conversation.

Anyway, it's quite the opposite -- I'm going to step up my blogging over here. In fact, I'm in the process of upgrading my blog to Wordpress. And I mean it this time; I even upgraded my hosting package and everything. Not to say I won't end up doing what I'm doing, and just paying three times as much. It could happen. But I have a plan. Or, I had a plan -- it's in a notebook somewhere, and I can't find it. But I'll keep plugging along blindly regardless.


Malnurtured Snay said...

WordPress for THE WIN!

Anonymous said...

You're completely right. It's the "I'm never coming back to this [chatroom, message board, game] again, but I'm going to stick around to watch you all say how much you're going to miss me" crap.

Nothing but an ego trip - say you're gonna leave, see everyone coo over how horrible it is you're going to stop, and come back.

The people who truly leave rarely announce it.

Joelogon said...

Hrm. Strange -- in an odd coincidence, I posted this the day before Arrington announced his hiatus from TechCrunch. Maybe I'm psychic.