A Month of Blogging

Writing I find easy. Putting it into the world is hard.

This month, I’ve been trying to publish a blog post every day. It’s not been easy to keep up the pace, particularly when I’ve been travelling. One post was finished on a train back from Gatwick; others have been written just before going to bed. But it was an useful experiment.

It’s not the first time I’ve attempted this. I tried it a couple of time this year, alongside two friends. These attempts didn’t go so well, with me flaking out very early in one of them, pissing one of the friends off. This time has definitely not been easy, and a few times I’ve relied on old posts I drafted without publishing (like I said, I find the writing bit easy). But I’ve finally succeeded.

I’ve felt some publication anxiety, but I’m still pretty happy with everything I’ve written. But posting a blog in 2017 feels a little archaic. There’s much less audience than there was, since most people are tied up on Facebook – and Facebook is not interested in pointing people towards personal sites.

Even with a small readership, this is also proving useful for writing on larger projects. Earlier this year, I tried to pull together a collection of pieces about commuting. It was a disaster, as I could not get it to cohere. Maybe the blogging will be a more successful way of doing this. I’ve got a lot of notes on Vindaloo, tourism and curry, which I’m slowly making into something larger. Writing short sections as blog posts forces me to finish passages, and gives me a better feel for the project than lots of notes.

Blogging is also a good way of processing the massive amount of information I take in. A few months back, I quoted Warren Ellis: “If we’re not doing something with the information we’re taking in, then we’re just pigs at the media trough.” These posts put this information into a larger structure. It also acts as a brake on the amount of information I take in, giving a way to see how relevant it is.

I’m going to continue this for another month and see how this goes. It will be challenging as I’ll be away from my laptop for a few days; and the supply of almost-written draft posts is dwindling. I’m also going to look at building a little more audience.Blogs used to get fairly high google rankings, which brought a lot of random traffic. These days, that traffic is caught by other sites, and there are very few people using RSS readers. So the question becomes, is it possible to blog and get enough readers to make it worth doing?

Anyway: I wrote 30 posts in August (the 31st being this one). The others are listed below.


Vindaloo Stories



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3 thoughts on “A Month of Blogging”

  1. Here I am, trying to write a comment by sliding my finger round a smooth screen. It’s not the greatest experience – autocorrect is a shitter but slightly less so than not having any tactile feedback as I type. There’s a good chance I’ll lose my comment too, either by some weird HTTP/authentication black hole, or a phone battery issue. I’ll write quickly.

    What’s your aim in writing 1 post a day?

    If you’re going for quantity, then maybe there’s a habit > practice > internalisation benefit. Publishing as an emotional conflict – why publish your practice notes? But also, if you didn’t publish, then it wouldn’t be real and you wouldn’t learn. Quality comes into it, but more as a subconscious learning.

    I’m finding writing up weekly weeknotes interesting – I haven’t forced myself to publish something weekly before. The closest I’ve been was to publish 100 words a day, for a month, say back when.

    The rhythm is kicking in after about 3 months – I’m starting to find certain methods to make what I write interesting (for myself, at least…), and the repetition has certainly given me an apathy that translated into confidence (“publish or be damned!”).

    But yeah, the reflective part is also a big thing. I like the point about doing something with what we consume, and wouldn’t be surprised if there was even some therapeutic benefit of just spitting stuff out. Microblogging (remember that word?) as frequent bloodletting or brain tapping.

    Right, I’m off to write up last week, surrounded by coffee and tears.

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