Blog depression (part the million)

The problem with this blog is that it’s never really had a purpose. The best blogs are always set up for some kind of reason. Maybe they have an interesting job, or they want to bring attention some kind of political issue. This blog has none of that. It’s just a toilet for my poo (words). And that gets to me sometimes.

Now this is dangerous: whenever I’ve asked people what I should write on my blog, everbody says, “just write what you want — it’s your blog.” That’s fine if only two people read my blog as was the case in the good old days. But it’s a bit off-putting to write something knowing that a few people are going to read it.

This blog has evolved uneasily over time. In the coming week I will write a bit more about what will happen to this blog in the future. But first I have a couple of questions to ask you. I’ve installed the poll plugin especially for this, so make sure you answer them!

A couple of recent trends. Firstly, the number of Formula 1 posts I make has grown and grown, often at the expense of other subjects. Look at my blog at the moment and you might think that my only interests were Formula 1 and Facebook!

Fair enough, you might say. I like F1, so I’m going to write about it. But the thing is that either you are interested in F1 or you aren’t. That’s unlike just about everything else I write about on this blog, which I hope at least has the potential to interest a broad range of people. And I know that a lot of you lot don’t like F1, because some of you have told me so!

So I think it’s time to consider setting up a separate blog for my F1 posts. There would be some disadvantages to this. The first big disadvantage would be that not everything that I write will appear here any more — but that would hardly be a new development because I already have three or four blogs whether you know it or not! The other disadvantage would be that setting up a separate F1 blog could potentially seem as though I’m trying to pass myself off as some kind of authority on the subject, which is blatently not true.

The other big recent trend recently is that the amount of posts I’ve written about my day-to-day life (as opposed to my personal opinions, which there are still plenty of) has fallen to almost zero. This is kind of related to that Facebook thing aswell. The more people who read my blog, the less about my life I can write.

The thing is, I do have the LiveJournal for posts like that, but I have even neglected that in this summer state of limbo. Often I think, screw it — “loads of popular bloggers write personal posts, so why can’t I?” Well here’s the reason why I don’t: I’m scared that you’ll find it boring.

So here we go. A question. Answer ‘yes’ for personal posts here; answer ‘no’ for personal posts on the LiveJournal. And if you answer ‘yes’ and this blog becomes a giant snooze-fest, you’ll only have yourselves to blame. 😛

Update: Right, I’ve had to change the plugin I was using, and this new plugin only allows me to have one poll going at a time! So that’s why the options are more complicated than the simple ‘yes’ / ‘no’ questions I was wanting. I’ll keep it in the sidebar of the front page for a couple of days.

6 comments

  1. I can’t vote for some reason, but my answers, in order, are: no, not unless you specifically want them to be and yes, I think it’s important to see the personality behind the posts. Some people might not like the personal aspects of posts, but could you imagine how dull Newsnight would be without the parts where you get to see Jeremy Paxman’s personality coming through? That would be an entirely pointless programme!

  2. Yeah, I must have done something wrong with that poll plugin because I couldn’t vote either. Anyway, thanks for the comment, because usually when I ask questions along these lines nobody reponds!

  3. Blogs should be less about, ‘I’ve changed the layout, what do you think/what should I be doing with my blog/I can’t think of anything to write today but i’ll make a blog about that’ and more about stuff that might actually be interesting. I think it all gets a bit pretentious when basic blog stuff becomes the focus at some stage and it’s like visitors are supposed to rub their chins and contemplate about what you think of your own blog. I really don’t like blogs and (especially) livejournals for that type of thing, but if there’s some articles that actually are interesting, then that’s fine. Just get on writing whatever you want to write about. It’s nobody’s business what you blog about, and if they don’t like it, there’s another 60 million more blogs out there they can go off and read.

  4. It is natural to find that some of your posts have a different audience than others; I don’t think this is a reason to put them on a separate blog. Take F1 for example; I’m a big fan so I am happy to read them. Other people will skip over them but they won’t stop reading as long as there are other interesting topics.

    What do I think you should do? Firstly keep writing what you are writing, just make sure that personal posts have a wide enough context that other people can associate with what you are saying. They don’t have to appeal to everyone, and they won’t.

    Secondly, consider topics you can explore in more depth and take some time over putting together your thoughts on it and exploring the issues that apply. Maybe you want to talk about politics, terrorism, or the number of flavours of jam at your local Tesco; it doesn’t matter as long as it is a well thought out post that we can relate to, and therefore join in with the debate, or with our own jam related anecdotes.

    Finally, make sure you know what you want out of it, deep down. Are you trying to convince people about your own views? are you trying to explore a concept? are you trying to highlight your writing? are you trying to be popular? did you just think blogging was cool? The answer doesn’t matter, but you should know and once you do perhaps the subjects will come to you more easily.

  5. […] It’s looking pretty unanimous on the ‘more personal posts’ front. The score is 8–0 at the moment. You nosy bastards! I’m currently facing up to the fact that the real reason I stopped posting ‘personal’ posts was because I’ve realised that I’m actually a bit rubbish, and writing about myself only reveals a bit more of my rubbishness each time. Which probably isn’t a very good idea. […]

  6. You sound really pessimistic on this post.
    One way to heal blogging depression might be by starting to feel optimistic about ourselves?

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!