Scoble Taking A Break
Well, it looks like even the best bloggers deal with blogging fatigue, and Robert Scoble has said he’s taking some time off from his blog.
Scoble’s writes of my most-read blogs (so says the Google Reader stats) and I consider him a good example of an “honest” blogger. Meaning, whether or not I agree with his ideas is besides the point, as he’s always up front with his readers about what’s on his mind. I recall his opinions regarding disclosure for instance. He’s also super passionate about technology – he doesn’t pretend to care about the stuff he gets excited about.
But blog fatigue is something I’ve experienced myself. I wrote about it on the Blog Herald last week. I’ve even considered calling it quits before.
If I could put my finger on one tip to avoid blog fatigue this week, it’s that chasing traffic can be addicting and can lead to burn out. I have in the past employed a strategy I jokingly call “Techmaiming“: Watching TechMeme, noting the first few stories that are on top of the page, and trying to pump out a post in half an hour that links to them before said story falls off, in hopes that you get a link and a nice hit of traffic. Yeah, I’ve done this. And yeah, I don’t do it as often as I did before, because I was getting burnt out writing three posts a day… and the next day I’d feel I had to write another three.
This observation does kind of get back to “honest blogging” again. I find I’m less fatigued when I just write about crud I’m really interested and passionate about.
So to Robert, I appreciate your honesty and being up front with your readers about blog fatigue. Take a nice break – especially if it means a more passionate return to blogging later.
There are many, many things more important in life than what’s on Valleywag or who said what at Gnomedex. My Google Reader will patiently await the next update in your RSS feed.