I came across this great blog post by Chad Dickerson where he and a friend decided to be more mindful on what they use Twitter for so it doesn’t suck the life out of their blogging.
Chris Shiflett and I were talking recently about blogging and how Twitter had sucked some of the life force of it out for both of us. Ideas that might have become blog posts were getting distilled down into 140 (and then 280) character tweets and something was lost in the process.
The whole post really resonated with me and if you’ve been thinking about blogging then I encourage you to go read it. At the beginning of this year, I started a personal 30-day challenge to blog every day. After 30 days I kept going and I stuck with it almost through April then it became sporadic. Here is a chart of new blog posts I wrote here this year:
I don’t remember exactly what happened that caused the new posts to totally drop off but two things stand out to me. First is in December I read Deep Work by Cal Newport which really pushes for you to quit social media. Then the second is I bet around June life happened and I just went back to the path of least resistance, composing a short missive on Twitter.
Now for the rest of the year, I’m going to try and revive the challenge that I started the year with except this time only post new things on the weekdays. If you’ve been wanting to blog more consider doing it with me. Just get in touch and we can cheer each other on.