You invest all this time and energy on building this new blog of yours. You write posts daily. Comment on other blogs. You participate in social networks and drive people back to your blog. Slowly but surely you build an audience. People are subscribing. People are reading. People are commenting.
My Thoughts on the Matter:
My first thought was to say "it depends." But then, I thought about it some more and I've changed my thinking.
It's not ok.
Why? Well, because you've worked so hard to build up your readership. You've created an expectation with your readers. The expectation that tomorrow or the day after you'll post something new. If you don't, what happens? Well, you lose that reader of course. They forget about you because you've forgotten about them (at least that's how your readers take it).
When you stop commenting on other blogs, those bloggers stop commenting on yours. And that's especially the case if you haven't posted any new content.
Basically, you can't go to a party, start a conversation and then leave mid-way through the conversation (that's just plain rude).
Does that make sense?
Then of course there's the fact that if you're not posting anything new your not getting indexed by Google or any of the other search engines for that matter.
So how do you deal with writer's block and the lack of time to write new stuff?
Heck there's a couple of different things you can do. Among them:
- Invite guest articles - ask a client or fellow bloggers if they'd like to submit something relevant to your blog and post it. All you have to do is ask, edit the content, throw in some link-love and hit publish.
- Link out to other bloggers - start collecting those articles that you find interesting around the web and write a list post linking out to that new content. Introduce readers to some new stuff (you don't always have to pimp out your own content).
- Browse YouTube for videos - sometimes it's tough to come up with something creative. So browse YouTube for good finds. There's a ton of stuff on there that you could share with your blog readers. Throw a little multi-media into the mix.
- Write articles for a rainy day - this is where it comes in handy to write a few articles and save them as drafts. When you get busy, go through your draft pile, put the finishing touches on a post and hit publish.
So there you have it. A few tips to keep the content coming out consistently. Did I miss anything? What tips do you recommend?
Before you offer some tips, what are your thoughts on the matter? Is it ok to take a blogging break? What's been your experience?