Plenty of other people have given their thoughts on blogging ( Lesley's Blog 1, Lesley's Blog 2, Naked Pastor), so I thought I would join the party.
- Who is it for? I go through a regular round of is it worth it - the time spent blogging - and yet when I dig really deep I find that it helps me. There were a few posts (here and here) on working practices which changed the way that I see things - for the better, and that has not been a unique experience.
- Frequency - I started the blog over a year ago posting about weekly, but life got busy and the frequency drifted and then almost dried up. For the past two months I have been blogging daily and suspect that if I reduced the frequency I would find it drying up again (that is more a comment about me than necessarily about blogging!)
- Stress - I don't like tight deadlines. When I started blogging I was writing each post and posting it. That put a big strain on me to find the time and the ideas each day. I have now settled into a routine of preparing blogs ahead of time, and having some generic ones up my sleeve for emergencies. If something topical crops up I can post there and then and use one of the others later.
- Holidays - Or more correctly time away. I have a residential coming up - should I write a load of blogs ahead of time and post them automatically each day, or should I shut up shop as my bishop does when he is away? I have yet to work this one out, so any thoughts from those with more experience would be welcome. Given points 1 and 3 I am leaning towards shutting up shop!
- Statistics - Having said that I blog for me I do look at the statistics, although I am contemplating stopping that! What is obvious is that if someone well read references or tweets me then I get more hits - but it doesn't seem to convert into more readers on a regular basis. However, if I am writing for myself why do I care about the stats (anyone out there convinced? J).
- Why do people always have 10 thoughts? When I worked with Management Consultants they told me that they always started a presentation saying that there were three points - even if they didn't know what they were at the time.