Taking care of a blog is a lot like taking care of a plant. If you don’t write often on your blog, or water your plant more than once a month, it will die. I actually often come up with great ideas for my web page but never remember to write them down. One of the best pieces of advice I have ever come across, on finishing a written project, is to put empty boxes in a line in a room. This is how J.K. Rowling is rumored to have written her books on Harry Potter. I could do the same. Whenever I have an idea for a piece on breast cancer, for example, I could jot down a few notes and put it in a box labeled “breast cancer”. Eventually, the box would fill up enough to write an article. Once this happens, all that needs to occur is putting the related pieces in order and typing the assembled product onto my web page. Or, take a lot of small steps instead of an equivalent big step.
Maintaining a blog is not as easy as I thought it would be. Under pressure to keep my content current, I sometimes write when I am not in the mood and churn out questionable material. There have been several times I have started a post only to delete it when finished for one reason or another. Perhaps the better thing to do is to sit on a questionable article for a day or two, and return to it with a fresh perspective. I may decide it is worth keeping.
The other piece of advise I have deals with finding the time to manage one’s blog. Some days I don’t feel like writing. However, those days can still be productive if I focus on updating the programs that are relevant to my blog’s running. I can also do the tedious job of sifting through the comments page and delete the spam.
Boy do I get a lot of spam and it often has to do with buying high end shoes in bulk. I am not sure why my blog is target for selling high end foot wear. What does living with breast cancer, or being an ER physician, have to do with luxury high heels? I can assure you that I would never wear a pair to work. Scrubs and heels. Nope. Not a good match.
Perhaps the biggest hurdle I have to climb over is sleep, specifically, getting a finished piece uploaded before I fall sleep. You see, my best ideas come to me soon after I climb into bed. But after a couple of hours, sometimes less, my eye lids start to feel real heavy – like now for example – and I surrender to sleep. So, I will abruptly sign off here and close by saying short articles are better than no articles. Hope the tips I gave were useful to you. Until then, stay well.