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How your schedule affects your blog

May 13, 2012

Well, I decided to have a different topic today and write something related to general blog writing. I try to make this blog cover a variety of topics that interest me and I try to write about stuff that I actually know about. I know the content I write about like the back of my hand, though I don’t really have a definite schedule of when I post, which I believe somehow affects the quality of The Ultimate Nerd. But, meh, I promised to myself that this would be a laid-back blog and I’d only write quality stuff when I feel like it.

My blog is an example of a website that has no concrete, recurring schedule of when content is updated or added. Most personal blogs seem to fall into this category, when its authors are laid-back, busy with more important priorities or simply lazy (i.e., me). There are many reasons why blog owners choose to update their blogs whenever they want. Perhaps it is a personal choice of the writer (usually connected to the reasons stated above) or maybe there are limitations, technical or otherwise, that hinders the writer (e.g., limited Internet connectivity). Personally, I don’t feel like sticking to a set schedule, so I only write when I feel like it. While my content is very limited and scarce, it allows me to write with quality. Because I only write when I feel like it, I am motivated to write blog posts with great quality, rather than being stressed and pressured to write with a schedule. This is the option that I believe is a good choice for personal blogs, or RL-busy bloggers.

Of course, there are a lot of blogs (and websites, in general) that do stick to a schedule. These schedules are either daily, weekly or monthly (who writes blog posts once a year?) depending on the topic, genre and interest in the niche of the blog. Writing with a schedule entails discipline. You are responsible for updating the blog for the designated schedule. A well-followed and consistent update schedule generally invites more interested followers, as they know when to come back to your blog in case they want to see something new (keep in mind you need to let your readers know when the blog actually updates, usually in the home or about page of your blog). Still, I believe that a schedule pressures the writer into churning out content. There are moments of last-minute write-ups to meet schedule deadlines. Thus, the quality of the articles is compromised. Well, maybe there are people who tend to write better under pressure, but whatever floats your boat I guess.

Well, that outlines what I believe to be the pros and cons of a blog schedule. With a free update schedule, the blog generally has better content. With a consistent one, on the other hand, the blog has more followers. As the blog author, you decide which option to follow, and you should stick to it. Consistency definitely invites readers, knowing that the writer is a responsible one. Maybe my blog visitors think I’m a lazy bum, but when I feel like writing, I make sure to write the best content. 🙂

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You don’t “learn to write a personal blog”

May 12, 2011

So I saw one of the search queries on my blog was on how-to ‘writing a “personal” blog’ (which I have a post about it here). I then thought of actually sharing some tips, to help that person who was searching (and probably my lone blog post didn’t help. :D)

Then I started thinking, what is the essence of a “personal” blog? It’s actually right there: it’s personal. It’s about you. It’s about how much you’re willing to pour yourself out to your blog, your audience, and your content. It’s not personal if you’re not willing to come out of some pseudo-shell made of ego or whatever floats your boat.

I’ve seen a lot of successful bloggers, whose genre is “personal”, and the secret to gaining many followers and/or readers is that the content is uniquely you. It’s about taking a first glance at a blog’s home page and thinking, “what a unique blog”, and being impressed at how great the writer is in being himself or herself through blogging. Of course, none of this success happens overnight. It takes months or even years to get a lot of loyal followers who respect what you write.

Of course, let’s not forget about being professional and civil over the Internet. Personal is good, yes, but keep it tasteful. You can blog about something interesting that happened to you today, but you don’t gossip about your mother-in-law’s husband and say that those personal matters can be considered personal blog content. Know your limits on how personal you want it to be, and how personal it has to be from the viewpoint of other people.

Bottom line: A personal blog is something about you. There’s no de facto guidelines on making it work. Just be yourself, and if you get the formula right, the good stuff that comes out of it flows smoothly.

Of course, why take some advice from a blogger who only has 400+ unique hits? I’m pretty much a newbie at this thing anyway. 😉 Hope this helps to that person who searched my blog. Come back here and search again! I have new, more helpful content! 😀

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I just love posting in bulk.

July 10, 2010

This, because I don’t have much time to blog. I generally dump all my ideas in one go.

And these one-liner posts are made with QuickPress. 😀

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My experience with “Fun Mode”

July 10, 2010

So I enabled fun mode a few days ago. And I still don’t know what it does, somewhat. 😐 Still, I’m enjoying and expecting (good) surprises as I play along. 😀

For those of you who don’t know, it’s a WordPress (WP.com only) feature that is actually quite vague. It doesn’t have any concise description as a setting, and when enabled you won’t see the effects immediately. Technically speaking, it’s just an easter egg. Metaphorically speaking, it’s a way to experience “serendipity” if you truly love blogging.

If you’re only going to enable it if you want to see for yourself, without the “sincerity” in loving your blogging experience, then you’d probably be disappointed in this feature. Otherwise, you’re in for a thrill. 😉

So far, what I’ve seen after enabling it is the addition of the “Humanize” tab in the Blog Stats. I don’t know what it does yet, so I can’t say much.

Other things I’ve seen include a “This post is super-awesome” checkbox when publishing a post. I checked it once but nothing happened. One time, the Publish button doubled its size, but when I added a new post, it went back to normally. Somewhat creepy, but interesting nonetheless.

And if you were looking for hints on what to expect in Fun mode, trust me, you’re just ruining the fun for yourself. Half the thrill in this WP feature is finding the new stuff that you normally don’t see. It’s for blogaholics, so to speak. 😉

If you own a WP.com blog and love blogging, don’t hesitate to try this out. Have fun! 😀

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I suck at writing a “personal” blog.

July 8, 2010

You know why? Because I can’t use any personal citations (e.g., experiences) with my posts. Damnit. It frustrates me that whenever I am so close to typing something such as a personal experience or opinion, I struggle to press the keys on the keyboard.

I am able to formulate a good blog post, I just can’t find it in myself to type it, put it in digital format, and post it for all the world to see. 😐

Heck, I can’t even make a good blog post due to hesitation. I really should put into my mind that this my blog, and I can probably type whatever the hell I want. (Just like my censorship issue discussed in a previous post.)

Or maybe I should just stick to informative and educational posts. 😐

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Self-censorship

June 9, 2010

Fuck it.

Yes, I just said “fuck”. You have a problem with that? Wikipedia doesn’t. 😛

It kinda bugs me that whenever I want to type a swearword online, I hesitate. Hell, I swear a lot IRL. (Yeah, I do. Like you.) No, don’t get it wrong, I don’t have Tourette’s. Maybe I’m being too polite for my own good.

Fuck me. This is my blog. I can type whatever I want. You don’t like what I write? Close the window. 😀

This isn’t an online forum where you can simply argue against my thoughts. I’ve spent too much time in forums anyhoo. Time for an online portal where my thoughts, and my thoughts alone, are the law.

(OK, guess that was overkill. Damnit.)

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My blog is my personal outlet

June 9, 2010

Well, I just wanted to share it. Quite frankly, a blog’s got to have a purpose, right? It can’t be all one-liner entries all the time. That’s what Plurk is for. 😛

I originally started this blog out of boredom. It was a spontaneous thought. I was sitting in front of my computer, thinking of what to do, and blogging came up. And I thought, “Hey! It’s a good way to go lax on my writing, though at the same time avoiding letting it go to waste.” That’s a good starting point for a blog’s purpose.

A blog won’t go looking for its purpose alone; you have to give your blog its purpose.

So what do I really want my blog to be? Besides being my personal outlet, occasionally ranting about random shit in my life, allowing me to vent out steam. I still need to think it through. What do I really want to write?

Perhaps, in the future entries, this blog would shape up towards what it needs, and what I want it, to be. 🙂

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