Friday, September 16, 2011
The Hesitancy of Deleting Before Reading
Today, as I write this post, I find myself particularly annoyed. Every blog I open talks about one of three things:
1. Something very mundane like what makes for a good blog, or how to organize.(Geez, people, either it's good or it's not, and I guarantee that the good bloggers didn't read a how-to when they decided to be unique in writing their own. Come on!)
2. Something so far reaching that I can tell the blogger has run out of ideas. (For instance: How to manage notes at a conference. Um, delete.)
3. Yet another e-book comparison - especially about price. (Yes, I understand some people like to give away free ebooks. Yes, I understand it's a good thing to e-pub your backlist, assuming you HAVE one. Yes, some people like 99 cent books and others stick to $2.99. Nothing new, people.)
Today, I deleted some blogs based on headline alone. I was busy, had plans to tend to, and was annoyed at people recycling ideas with no more creative spark than a doorknob.
There are days on my blog that receive few to no comments. I tend to dissect those days in an attempt to understand what the readers liked and didn't like. On those days, I assume you hit delete, too.I understand that your time is very limited. Don't feel guilty about skipping a blog, especially since you read it most of the time.
Your loyalty is to your own writing, first and foremost. Jeff Goins mentioned recently about stalling tactics, and I had to chuckle at how spot-on he was. Here are a few:
If you need to be writing a book and instead write a blog post, you are stalling.
If you obsess over stats, you’re stalling.
If you spend two hours having coffee to talk about creativity, you’re probably stalling.
If you go to a conference to hear something you already know, you’re stalling.
If you’re “just checking in” to social media (Twitter, Facebook, etc.), you are stalling.
I'd like to add one. If you are reading bad blogs because they are there, because you read the blogger regularly, then you are stalling.
Bloggers have good days and bad days. Sometimes, however, when they don't have anything profound to say, maybe it's just best not to say anything. Don't feel guilty about hitting delete. Sometimes it's best for both you and the blogger to know that time can't afford to be wasted.