Back from the blogging dead

Last week I was at dinner with a friend who said “you don’t update your blog anymore, and I feel stupid for going back to check it.”

I’m all apologies for that, as if apologies somehow help. I just hit a dry spot, then thought, “well, the next post I have will have to knock it out of the park! in order to make up for the gap. And then the gap grew, and the pressure to knock it out of the park! kept growing too. A circle of the damned grew and grew. And the silences grew longer and longer.

I should know better. After graduating from college, I stopped doing one of the things I loved in this world the most – making books. I stopped for many reasons – a broken heart, a move to Prague, a lack of workspace, equipment and time – but the main reason was that after the time away, I felt like the next thing absolutely had to kill.
As usual in situations like this, advice from the good Reverend Tony Pierce’s advice was crucial. Basically, the trick is to get back on the horse, regardless of what people will say (or not say).

Regardless, one piece of advice I’d have for any blog-reader is to make good use of an RSS aggregator. Personally, I use Bloglines and love it. I’m subscribed to something like 30 blogs and another 20 news sites, and what’s nice is that they only show up if there’s something new posted, saving me the time and effort of going to the sites and feeling stupid when they’re not updated.

So here’s to getting back to it.

Oh, and speaking of long-ass delays, did I mention that Guns ‘n’ Roses are playing Sazka Arena June 13th? Could this mean that we’ll see Chinese Democracy sometime soon, or is it the next Smile?

7 thoughts on “Back from the blogging dead

  1. Yeah, I know Thunderbird has an aggregator. I just prefer Bloglines a bit better. The option to display only updated sites alone is worth it. Plus it happens quite a bit that I need to look at the aggregator from multiple machines, and that’s _much_ easier with an online service.

  2. Me too uses Bloglines and loves it, despite a shortlived affair with Gregarius. And I’ve hit a blogging dead too, it seems. That’s okay, as long as it’s not your day job and you aren’t getting paid for it, there’s nothing to feel bad about.

  3. one thing i find annoying about rss is that i can’t figure out how the fuck to do it. . . and i don’t mean use an aggregator, i mean how to code my basic html blog to push out rss feeds. . . all the tutorials i seem to find are always how to read rss feeds, not how to add ’em to your blog. . .

  4. There isn’t an easy way to hand-code an RSS feed; the biggest problem is that the standard uses a plain text file as opposed to an HTML doc. So you can’t use an header; in fact, you have to stick to the standard as defined in the RSS docs at http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss

    Another option would be to use one of these screen-scraper services. I use this one for your blog: http://www.feedyes.com/feed.php?f=0PiF7D686YDrzYkT

    FeedYes is a service that turns HTML pages into RSS and might be worth checking out.

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