blogging, technology

The writing diet – blocking you?

Never too soon to check your Unhealthy Blogging Habits into balance

Bad Habit #1: Delaying your article

Sitting on that “mind-blowing” article, are we? I’m not talking about a few hours. I’m talking months, even a couple of years. Yeah, babe, that happened to me. Regularly. Once I published an article about smartphones, that’d been around 4-5 years in the making. (Luckily I’m such a timeless character… and yeah, what could possibly change in phones during just a couple of years?!)

Check that ‘Drafts’ count on your WordPress panel

Then I really started to look at that “Drafts” number (11 in the image capture), wordpress_drafts_indicatorwhich – by the way – is a great indicator in the WordPress user interface.

The drafts number reminds of unfinished business. The longer you keep your things in Draft mode, my feeling is the greater the chance it will never get delivered. Because it starts to feel stale, arduous, boring, and so on. My tips:

  • think of Drafts as the equivalent of your email Inbox “unread” count
  • if you ever have more than 3 drafts, immediately open it up and do something!
  • don’t be afraid of discarding unnecessary drafts
  • you can access the Drafts by clicking the number

Bad Habit #2: Long Inactivity periods

This one is quite a poison, too. Like I said in another post, one of reasons I unsubscribed for over 50% of the list I’d previously been subscribed to, was that the blogs had not produced anything for months. It sounds like a blog is very much dead then.

I definitely have had my share of being idle here in the blogosphere. I think it’s quite a common phenomena that many bloggers at one (or more) points of their lives just have to go through. You might feel a bit out-of-touch after inactivity. Don’t be afraid – believe me, typing again, a cup of coffee next to the laptop – it feels like home.

Conclusions?

Regularity

I’d gladly share more of it, if I had any. I am venturing hopefully towards a more regular publishing cycle (kick me in the butt!) And will keep the Drafts next to zero, if possible. Right now I am moving to piecing together an article about modularity of programming: “Packages galore”.

And if I can squeeze, also adding at least one new category to the existing list of subjects:

Blogging of 5G networks

5G, the next generation of fast mobile network. Even though I am by no means a technical expert, 5G is one of those points in the history of technology where we kind of feel like “having seen it”, perhaps wondering what new could one wish. But I have a gut feeling that this one will surprise us, again. It also comes duly in a time of mobile video use growing fast, so there’s already a big need for it. In addition, the IoT revolution is said to benefit from perhaps a new service class and SLA that might be due to 5G or the way it is being rolled out.

blogging, Wordpress Bloggers

Reshuffle: what got Unfollowed in my WP Reader

I was following 37 blogs through WordPress ‘Reader’. blogging_stationI hadn’t in fact interacted so much with the Reader, but kept still getting updates of articles to my iPhone. So one day I thought: now is the time to make a clean-up.

Of the 37 original blogs in my Reader’s “list of followed blogs”, I kept way less than half. So over 20 blogs got unfollowed.

I yanked the down-thumb for following:

  • a blog hadn’t published anything for a long time (typical 3 months or more)
  • the subject matter didn’t interest me anymore
  • too complicated or long content (videos: over 15 minutes length)
  • I simply couldn’t figure out what a blog was
  • the content seemed rather unpassionate, no “persona” behind the voice

Blogs that I kept following:

  • sometimes, when in doubt, I had to check outside the blogosphere to make my mind (Twitter ahoy!)
  • author had media coverage outside blogs
  • the very latest blog post looked so darn good/interesting (if I had to flick quickly)
  • a household name in some field of expertise, or..
  • blogger has same professional interests as I do

That said, I turned the vision inwards: what about that Jukkasoft blog that you’re reading right now? Am I complying? Is Jukkasoft understandable? Does it show my opinions and reflect how I feel about things? Time will tell. And,¬†you, my reader! If anything is valuable for a blogger, it’s feedback. Never doubt giving that. In all its honesty.