The Best-Laid Plans of Mice and Blogs…

In the last five years, I have learned a lot about what it takes to write a blog and keep writing it consistently. It is harder than it might at first seem. I have lost count of the number of people that I’ve seen attempting to start blogs, only to run out of steam and […]

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Blogging Ahead is a Cop-Out

(I’m writing this post one day ahead.) I previously extolled the value of blogging ahead. I talked about how great it was to relieve the pressure of having to write for a deadline. What a crock that was. I sat down on a couple of afternoons and blogged away. I wrote enough blog entries to […]

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The Psychology of Blogging

When I first started blogging in 2007, my goal was to post something once a week. It sounded reasonable enough, and it wasn’t particularly hard to do. However, I didn’t plan ahead. If I blogged on Tuesday, I wouldn’t give the blog another thought until the following Tuesday when it was time to post again. […]

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Reasons for Writing Ahead

I participated in NaNoWriMo during 2010 and 2011. In 2010, I crashed at burned at 38,000 words and change. In 2011, I crossed the finish line at just over 50,000 words (the standard benchmark). In both cases, I ended up with a horrendously disorganized collection of material, nowhere near ready for publication. What I learned […]

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“I Know a Blog Post You Should Read”

Most of us still recommend books. There’s nothing wrong with recommending books, but what about recommending blog posts? A blog post takes five minutes to digest, if that. Recommending a book as the solution to a problem is the shotgun approach. It will probably work, but in many cases, it may not be necessary. For […]

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Anonymous Blogging

I think that the trend of anonymous blogging is about to get big. I’ve already spoken to several people I know who told me that they were interested in starting anonymous blogs. The obvious benefit is privacy, but there are other less-obvious benefits. Anyone who has ever participated in a 12-step recovery program has come […]

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