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You Are All Horrible For My Motivation

April 1st, 2010 by Kevin

I\’ve been blogging here for the better part of 9 years now, and topics and posts have varied on quality, topic, effort, etc.  I like to think quality has improved, even if my grammar hasn\’t.  But the effort is always there and the topic changes according to what\’s topical. Overall, my interest has risen and fallen over that time.  Lately, as you\’ve probably noticed I haven\’t had as much fire in the belly so I\’ll just sluff it off….a bit of blogger\’s burnout if you will.

But in those nine years, I\’ve noticed a trend.  I can spend a great deal of time writing out a very structured and well-researched article about a hot topic.  I\’ll be all proud of it, post it and nothing.  Tumbleweeds blow across the post as there is absolutely no reaction to it.

On the other hand, I can have writer\’s block and absolutely no motivation to post anything, but know that I probably should.  So I slap together two half-completed thoughts and call it a night.  Then all day long people are leaving comments on it.  It\’s almost as if the blog turns into some weird Complete-Your-Own-Adventure book, where you guys find it necessary to complete my thoughts.

Knowing that is absolutely killing my motivation to put effort into this site.  Because if I wasn\’t blogging I would be…..

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7 Responses

  1. Bike Bubba Says:

    I notice the same thing on my site; the things I think are the “deepest” and most thought provoking get few comments. The things I throw out there out of amusement get comments in general.

    So I guess the lesson is to be thoughtless and flippant?

  2. Night Writer Says:

    The same thing has been a great mystery to me as well since I got into the “biz” five years ago. The way I look at it now, however, is that deeper, well thought-out posts all but require a deeper, more thought-out comment unless someone just wants to fire off a snarky broad-side or say “Amen.” You certainly want to bring a similar amount of depth to your comment as the author invested.

    Deeper, more thought-out comments require time and…deep thought. Then one must hammer those deep thoughts into a form others can digest. And…and…it’s sunny outside, there are other blogs I want to read, and the idea I just got and the comment I just thought of would look really good if I saved that effort for my own blog!

    Light, fluffy stuff or gross stuff or funny stuff, however, can be reacted to in the moment with a fluffy, gross or funny response and thus we’ve contributed to the community and are free to go out and play.

    Not that we don’t enjoy the deeper stuff; it can be the main reason we keep coming back. It’s just hard to reciprocate in about the only tangible blogging currency there is: comments. I’ve adjusted to this, I think. I write now to keep the gears lubed and to bring my philosophy in various areas into alignment, content that the work stands on its own and that someone, somewhere at some point will find it useful. In between I try to keep up a rotation of lighter things that have caught my interest so that the tone isn’t always heavy. Bran is good for you but every now and then you need Fruit Loops, too.

    I do know this: whenever I step away from the blog due to work or other priorities, I always miss it.

    And I will always be grateful for the friends I’ve made as a result of this hobby.

  3. 50¢ Says:

    I don’t give a shit what you write about, as long as you utilize spelling and grammar check.

  4. Kevin Says:

    Spelling/grammar check request denied

  5. Lloyd Says:

    Hunting, shooting guns, talking about guns, looking at guns, drinking beer, bitching about democrats, bitching about RINOS, bitching about Obama, watching/bitching about hockey, watching old Monty Python skits, wishing they did a better job on the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie and looking for your towel. That’s about it, I don’t know what else you do.

  6. J. Ewing Says:

    Look at it this way: if you’ve done your homework, there is nothing more anybody can add. Screw up, and we’re all over you about it. How’s that for incentive? Maybe the way to tell you are appreciated is not how many “talk back” but how many “listen”?

    And for the most part, your spelling and grammar is at least B+.

  7. Rev. Mother Says:

    Keep it up Kevvie, we love you even if we don’t say so.