Even the best bloggers get the blues

sad baby.thumbnailI’ve noticed that some of my favorite higher ed bloggers haven’t been what you would call prolific lately.

This is not so uncommon, especially around this time of year. There’s something about the winter that tends to make even the best bloggers spend some time in hibernation.

If it isn’t a sort of seasonal affective disorder that keeps some of us from posting regularly to our blogs, then there’s the other issue: the too-busy-to-blog syndrome. This can hit at any time, even in the very merry month of May.

But sometimes what keeps us from blogging is the fear that we really don’t have much to say. Or that we are straying too far off topic, and our readers will leave us in droves. To which I say, let’s get over ourselves. It’s our blogs, right? We can blog if we want, say what we want, use incorrect grammar like “It’s our blogs” if we want.

Most of the pressure to blog is self-imposed. If we do not blog, the world does not end.

So, to those of you bloggers who aren’t blogging right now, I say: take the pressure off yourselves. When the blog is ready, the blogger will appear. Or something zen like that.

Photo found at Ed2010, or more specifically, this post.

Author: andrewcareaga

Higher ed PR and marketing guy. Communications director for Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) in Rolla, Missouri, USA. Slow runner, mediocre guitarist, lover of music and puns, and an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. I blog and Tweet about #highered, #music, #gocards and #random stuff.

7 thoughts on “Even the best bloggers get the blues”

  1. I’m following Scoble’s advice and not blogging when not feeling upbeat… it comes through, somehow. Not feeling very inspired this time of year. Feeling a bit better to find it happens to others, too. But we almost made it, March is a few days away!

  2. I’ve been experiencing some mild blogger’s block, but I’m forcing myself to keep writing *something* each week to avoid falling out of the habit. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who struggles with this!

  3. Yeah, this certainly applies to me too. I think I’ve finally discovered what I need to do, to get the blog going again and I’m actually up working on it. Woo!

  4. I’m with Anya on this. This blog made me laugh and accept that we’re not alone! I’ve sent out to my followers in the hope that they find it amusing too and get a lift out of knowing we’re all in this together.
    Thanks for a great start to my day.

  5. Dr. V. – That’s terrific advice (don’t blog when you’re not upbeat). I agree that it can come through. But sometimes writing through those down times can be therapeutic. Probably best not to publish those writings, though. ;)

    Davina – All I can say is that I admire your discipline. But blogging, like any kind of writing, is a habit.

    Dennis, Anya, Jackie, Ron – Glad this spoke to you at some level. We all get bogged down at times. But this too shall pass.

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