Its been pretty long since I have blogged. A friend asked me recently, “Why have a blog at all if you don’t post regularly?”. Hmm. Looked a valid point at first. But then I thought, why NOT have a blog even if I don’t update it regularly? How does it matter? In any case, I call it INTERMITTENT chatter.
But this question led me on a path of mini-introspection. Why did I start a blog in the first place and why don’t I blog regularly?
Answers to first question are pretty simple. There were two reasons to start the blog. First, I had a domain name which was unused for quite some time and second, I wanted to understand WordPress so that I can help my clients in troubleshooting their blogs.
The second question is somewhat more complex and I asked myself some more questions to get a real answer.
Q. Is my life less interesting or less “happening” than others?
A. Not really! Agreed, I am pretty non-controversial, somewhat orthodox at times, straight forward :P, family loving, common man who doesn’t booze, smoke or gamble. But I do have plenty of things to share that could make an interesting read.
Q. Am I short of topics?
A. Not at all. I don’t like to blog just for the sake of it (well, this post is an exception). Still, I wanted to blog about so many things but I never did! I am sure those posts could have been meaningful posts for at least 2-3 out of my total 20 blog readers.
Q. Am I good writer?
A. I am actually a pretty bad writer and that puts me off. I am so bad that I can’t get worse! Wow! I can only get better. That’s quite a positive thought. Isn’t it?
Q. Am I lazy?
A. Hmm. Yes, somewhat. Or may be quite a lot. Whenever I sit to blog, I feel it’s better to relax for a while and take my eyes away from the monitor. I anyway keep staring at it 100 times more than I stare at women! No wonder I have a category called “From my Inbox” which is just a copy+paste of forwards of forwards of forwards that land up in my inbox. I think the whole world has already read about those posts well before they appears on my blog!
Q. Am I short on time?
A. Oh yes! Badly short of time! My plate is full (and overflowing …) and I always have something better to do. Even when I am at home, there are either my tweenies or my keyboard!
There was a time when I used to leave office after finishing the day’s work. These days I leave office simply because it’s not possible to sit any longer. I am the first to come and last to go. Probably inefficient people take longer to do their work!
Q. Do I always try to be a perfectionist?
A. Yes, I do. That’s one bad thing about me. I am never satisfied with that I have written and always want to make it better. So I keep reading and re-reading trying to put every comma and full-stop in place. What a pain I am for myself!
Q. Do I lack motivation to blog?
A. Yes, I do lack motivation! There is hardly any adsense income from blog. But then I don’t post regularly. So there are no regular readers and therefore there is no income from blog and so I don’t post regularly ……
Q. Do I prefer to protect my privacy?
A. I don’t like to make my life a cyber affair. I am not short on topics and generally won’t need to write about too many personal things even if I blog regularly. So privacy is more of an excuse.
Q. Has Tweeter aggravated “the problem”?
A. Yes, to some extent. Now I tweet and be through with expressing my thoughts in short. It’s quick and fast. Quite convenient. And I have 280+ followers so at that there are 200 (280 – 80 bots) readers to what I write. There is no such guarantee on the blog. Too bad tweeter has no place to keep our own adsense ads. But, someday I will put all my meaningful tweets and make a blog post out of them.
These NAQ (Never Asked Questions) sum up why I don’t blog regularly. But I think I should post at least once a week.