Just 'Coz

I can’t blog right now, which is ironic considering that’s exactly what I’m doing.

I think I have the cursed writer’s block, brought on by a general malaise about blogging in general, the quality of news reporting and the full-on futility of blogging for money.

  1. Blogging’s Changed. Everywhere you look these days, people are hoping to make money from their blogs. It used to be all about conversation, not the whole thing’s tainted with people trying to milk it for cash. I’m trying to reconcile making money from websites with starting interesting conversations about things I love.
  2. Quality Of Reporting. Some news outlets will print anything to avoid missing out on a story. Most news these days seems to be pure regurgitation. Watch a story appear on one site and slowly spread across other news sites throughout the day. It’s so boring. I’ve tried to do the re-reporting thing, but it just doesn’t work for me. Personally, I think it’s squeezing the will to write out of me.
  3. Blogging For Money. I used to religiously check AdSense and other earning stats, but I’m slowly weaning off that trend. Online earnings – unless it’s product related – are virtually worthless for the majority of bloggers. Partly to do with poor revenue streams, partly to do with the difficulty of gaining market and mindshare. The little guy just can’t get to prominence, no matter how good he/she is.

The other thing is, hang around webmasters and social media for any length of time, and you’ll see some desperate people trying to get the pageviews, trying to promote their stuff, getting a quick spike of traffic for a lot of submissions.

The one place online I’ve had the most fun recently is our forum at Unreality. It’s got no AdSense, and focusses on a sweet bunch of people coming together to talk about the entertainment stuff we all love. There’s no pressure to earn in there, just conversation and connections.

So, as far as my blogging goes, I want to find a away to emulate that. I want to create conversations, not re-vomit the news. If I was a soulless robot, I could easily trot out keyword-laden news articles and beat most of the press. If I wanted to.

This stream of consciousness was brought to you by a desperate need to reinvent a blog and to blaze a new trail in blogging. Thanks for tuning in.

4 thoughts on “Just 'Coz

  1. gerard

    It’s good to talk, someone once said šŸ™‚
    I think that was Jimmy Nesbitt, wasn’t it? Bloody telephone salesmen…
    I got to the stage that I had so many accounts, fingers in different internet ‘pies’ – Digg, and all those types of sites, my RSS, my own sites, my Netvibes homepage. Not to mention MySpace, Facecrap and all of those things. Ultimately you become aware of this cloying desperate struggle to ‘keep up’ when it’s hopeless and you get no real benefit in the end.
    And yes, I have had comment spam before, just not from you. All the same, I’ve subscribed to your new blog, so it was worth the visit, wasn’t it?

  2. Blogging and even social media seems to have become swamped more by those chasing what they think may be an easy money lifetstyle (or at least trying to make money doing something they like). I’ve never had much faith in the adsense or ad supported blogging nirvana. Very few people are going to make it into that top few percent niche that will attract the top advertising dollars (and even then their intergity is often ultimately undermined as little more than selling their soul for the sponsor). If someone’s looking to blogging to leverage other interests (such as the talents they may have outside of blogging) then I’m happier with blogging and social media as partly a way to showcase your those talents which may or may not lead to other things behind the scenes but have to admit that it’s certainly not uppermost in my mind (most people get work through recommendation not some stranger on the net) as I still get something out of blogging though I admit the tedium of blocking yet another follower on twitter that only tweets about their latest whatever is getting quite wearing.

  3. gerard

    I know exactly what you mean Emalyse. I find myself trying to recreate the buzz that I got when I started blogging.
    How to fix it? Unsubscribe from all the SEO and Make Money Online blogs. They were great to begin with to learn the skills. The thing is, they’re not relevant to what I’m interested in, and the money thing doesn’t bother me much.
    I’ve started to strip back on RSS feeds and to find bloggers and Twitter streams that write about things I’m interested in. Brand-building might be an interesting challenge too…

  4. d@/e

    I joined a new forum for poetry in Northern Ireland today and it was great to actually call at a forum.There’s no RSS feed for it, so I’ll have to actually call at it. It’s a nice change from my usual reading blogs via Google Reader. I’m finding I comment on 2 out of 50 blog posts now. I also rarely respond to other bloggers blog posts on my blog. Maybe I’ll have to try and start talking. It’s good to talk, someone once said šŸ™‚
    Have you ever had comment block?
    Oh yeah, come visit my blog @ http://blawgat.blogspot.com and click on all the ads and spend a lot of money. When you’re there make sure you subscribe to my blog feed and tell all your friends to call at the blog šŸ˜‰

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