Burned Out From Blogging?

july 8, 2004

Here's an interesting article over at Wired. It's talks about bloggers getting burnt out because of pressure to post and to moderate comments. The latter I can understand since some blogs may have lots of comments to moderate through (in order to weed out spam or what not). The first I don't really understand.

Several bloggers contacted for this story noted that their readers seem to look at their regular, consistent posting patterns as somewhat akin to a sign of physical health. And any break in that pattern is sometimes seen as a cause for alarm. "I know that if I go more than about five or six hours without posting, or telling people that I'm not going to be blogging for the rest of the day," said Reynolds, readers e-mail him and say, "You haven't posted anything in five or six hours. Are you OK?" Other bloggers feel that even if their readers aren't worrying about their health, they're still expected to be coming up with the next post with little or no delay. "There's always pressure to have new content up on the site," said Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, author of the anti-Bush blog Daily Kos (Moulitsas Zuniga is married to a regular Wired News contributor). "And it's not like my readers are calling me up and saying, 'What the hell?' But you can sense it. You can sense it when you post something new and 10 minutes later there's 50 comments. You can almost feel they were sitting there waiting."
I never feel pressure to have new content on ultramookie. Yea, this site may not be as popular as those other sites, but come on I do this because I find it fun. If I end up doing it because I feel that I have to serve some audience, then it is over. I don't know who reads my blog and I don't really care at that because it is just my way of expressing myself -- even if no one reads it, I am fine.

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