Nathan Bransford, Author


Monday, October 10, 2011

Is Blog Fatigue on the Rise?

"Das Schlaraffenland" - Pieter Bruegel the Elder
It's been over five years since blogs really exploded into the public consciousness, fueled by the rising popularity of WordPress and Blogger, which vastly simplified the process of creating places on the Internet where anyone could easily share their thoughts.

And dare I say people seem to be getting tired?

Natalie Whipple and J.A. Konrath were the latest to express blog fatigue, joining countless others who have gone on temporary or permanent hiatus.

For some it's the negativity that comes with putting yourself out there. Some people have run out of ideas. Some people have taken a look at the cost/benefit and decided it wasn't worth it. And some just forget to post.

I'm sure it hasn't escaped the notice of regular blog readers that the posting on this blog has grown, well, a bit more sporadic. After posting every weekday for nearly five years, I've found it increasingly difficult to keep up that pace.

For me it's not about running out of ideas or the occasional negativity (though that can be a drag), it's just a time crunch.

It's always been a balancing act to juggle busy day jobs, writing books, and blogging, but what's really changed for me is that I made a very conscious decision to get out more. To spend more time with friends and people and exploring and finding a better balance in my life.

So if I'm hanging out with friends Thursday night there's no This Week in Books on Friday. If I have a busy weekend it might be until Tuesday that I get a post up. I've chosen to make that tradeoff

Sorry about that! I care a lot about this blog and all of the readers, and I'm not good at letting some things slide. And this blog isn't going anywhere any time soon. I hope you'll stick around.

What do you think? Are you seeing more blog fatigue? Have you experienced it yourself?






133 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm both seeing and feeling blog fatigue. I like your approach. Balance is where it's at.

Lisa Desrochers said...

I used to blog daily, and still do when I'm within a month of a book releasing, but it takes its toll.

I also think there's fatigue on the part of blog READERS. There are sooooo many blogs out there that I think people are being choosier in the ones they're reading on a regular basis. I know I am.

Mr. D said...

Keeping up with blogging is an effort, and like anything it takes commitment. It just depends on how committed you are. It also helps if you enjoy it. That makes it easier to be committed.

Deb A. Marshall said...

A little bit for me on the fatigue, but I have not been doing it for very long at all. What I am having a tough time balancing is reading and commenting-making myself part of the conversation without letting it spread into the afternoon ( I write and have library programming to work on, too!)

So, need to balance how many posts a week with how I converse otherwise I'll be burning out quick.

_Great_ topic.

Anna said...

I am feeling blog fatigue. I felt that I was putting myself out there, attempting to network, and wasn't getting very much from it. That said, I have "met" about 4 or 5 bloggers that I think are interesting and who steadily comment on my blog. But I'm putting more of my energy into finishing projects so that I will eventually have something to market.

Will said...

Hey, after five years you deserve that break, Nathan. With all I've learned from you I won't be leaving anytime soon.

I'm feeling the hurt too, but I've only been blogging for half a year, if that. At this point I find it amazing that you kept up that pace for as long as you did, and you have much more on your plate than me.

Take heart in the fact that even if you leave now, you'll have left quite the legacy behind--I don't know how many people you've helped and inspired over the years, but I can't be the only one. As for me, I've got a ways to go before I reach any kind of milestone, but I might just drop it anyway so I can finish this darn book. Whatever you decide to do, best of luck to you.

Suzanne said...

Nathan,
I agree with you. I still post on my blog, but now I do it for myself and my friends and family in mind.

Alan Orloff said...

Definitely. I used to post 3 times a week, every week. About two months ago, I decided to only post when I have something I wanted to say--which is much less frequently. Much of my online activity has migrated to Facebook. I've noticed the same trend among other bloggers, too.

Mieke Zamora-Mackay said...

I'm seeing it.

I think we are now at the stage where the blogosphere has become so saturated (hence the use of the term "blogosphere") that there is a natural purging going on.

Those that read blogs are becoming more discerning. Those that write them have to meet those changing demands. Some bloggers may have other things going on that must take precedence (life, work, family, etc.). Some may not be able to meet the demands of readers.

It's really how all things evolve. And yes, even the internet is now undergoing it's own evolution.

Amy Joy said...

Blogging takes time. I decided it was more important to me to keep writing books, so I have all but given up blogging. In my experience, blogging isn't been as necessary to publishing success as many believe. What's more important is to keep writing good books.

Anonymous said...

I feel you, Nathan. I used to blog every day. Now it's sporadic. One here, one there. Right now I'm focusing on my novel and trying to lose some weight, so the blog thing is taking a slight hit. I'm sure my own blogging will pick up at some point, but right now, my health, family, friends and my novel are the most important things in my life right now. If my followers and future followers 'love me', they'll be happy for me and go along for the ride. If not, then C'est la vie. Life is too short to worry about it.

Yat-Yee said...

Yes to both counts. I still enjoy visiting other blogs but do so less frequently. I've taken several short hiatus from my own blog and while I don't think I will stop posting altogether, I have shed the guilt trip I place on myself for not "post on a regular schedule so your readers know what to expect."

Ellis Shuman said...

Could the fatigue be because some of the bloggers restrict their posting to too narrow a subject?

I am following a number of writers' blogs giving advice about how to get published. Well, how many times can you say the same thing in a completely original way? There are a few very well-established blogs that give excellent advice, like this one in particular.

Perhaps blogging fatigue can be avoided if:

1) Post a new entry when you feel like it (and don't make it a forced task).

2) Don't restrict yourself too tightly in subject matter.

Perhaps there are other suggestions in this direction as well.

The One and Only Doc said...

In the end, thousands of people on the internet aren't the people you need to cater to--and that's what I think a lot of people are finally starting to realize.

It's not healthy to give up everything else in your life for the sake of a blog, period. Kudos to you, Nathan, for opting to have a life rather than worry overmuch about not getting entries up this week.

Caroline said...

Nathan, I totally agree with you. Blogging is just blogging--your real life should always take precedence.
In general, I think some bloggers try too hard to keep their schedules. The world won't implode if we don't hear from them for a few days. I would rather not read a blog post than read something that I find useless. I subscribe to that maxim for my own blog; I only write when I have something to say although I do try to post once a week for continuity's sake.

Lane Diamond said...

Blog fatigue, indeed. I think posting a couple times per week is plenty, and may be an easy enough pace that I won't want to commit Hari Kari every time I think about my blog.

Part of the fatigue comes from reading so many blogs. Frankly, when people of interest blog daily, or 2 or 5 or 8 times per day, I tend to drift away from them.

So, as someone who follows your blog, I would PREFER that you cut back a little on the posts. Hope that helps.

Kathryn Packer Roberts said...

I'm actually glad you mentioned this. Yes, I have noticed. After so many people blogging about the importance of posting regularly and then those same people making excuses that they aren't blogging enough I wonder why it matters so much. Those people still have a strong following whether they blog several times a week or not. I personally think the expectation is set way too high.

Nancy Thompson said...

Oh yes, it's a real trend right now. Most of my writer friends who blog have cut back, as have I. After a solid year of posting & reading writer blogs, I'm getting burned out. I love that I've made so many friends & connections, and I will continue to read & comment, but only once a week or so. Same with posting. Once a week, at most.

Otherwise, I'm not allowing myself enough time to brainstorm & write, which, of course, is the only reason I even got into blogging in the first place. The platform is built and I have many bridges leading to it. Now I need a reason to invite people over for a visit. I need to write the next book.

Elaine Cunningham said...

About four months ago, I started a new WordPress blog to expand upon Sevin, the setting of a series of "e-riginal" fantasy novels.

Most of my books have been in shared-world settings--Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, EverQuest, Pathfinder Tales--and my target audience is fantasy readers accustomed to an immersive reading experience. So my plan was to post Sevrin lore articles every Tuesday-Thursday, excerpts from the Tales of Sevrin novels on Monday, and short fiction (Sevrin related) on Friday.

That's a lot of content.

The first thing to go was new flash fiction for the Friday posts. I substituted previously published short stories, but after four months I'm running out of creator-owned inventory. I started to drop a lore post every now and then, but I was still posting several times a week.

Recently I've been wondering if daily posts are too much for readers as well as writer. So I asked for feedback.

While some readers stopped by my website every day, others felt weekly updates would better fit their schedule. One Trusted Reader firmly defended post frequency, but suggested that most posts be very short--two or three paragraphs maximum. My conclusion was that yes, blog fatigue is definitely something to consider, not only from a writing standpoint, but also from a reader's perspective.

I used to subscribe to blogs by marketing guru Seth Godin and social media expert Chris Brogan. Both write well, both write interesting and often useful posts. But I just didn't have the time or mental real estate to devote to those topics on a daily basis. I read John Scalzi's "Whatever" blog and J.A. Konrath's posts about ebooks, but I don't stop by every day or even every week. Judging by my own blog consumption, I'd have to agree that blog fatique is an important consideration. When readers subscribe to a blog and everything you write is delivered to their mailbox, you don't want to abuse their hospitality by showing up too often.

I'm sure there's a balance between lots of interesting new content and overwhelming readers' in-boxes, but I'm still trying to find it. The same goes for finding a balance between creating lots of interesting new content for the blog and writing new books and short fiction. And the whole work/life balance thing? That's another post entirely.

Rick Daley said...

Glad to know we can still look forward to your posts, even if less frequently.

I still enjoy reading blogs, although my own posting has been haphazard lately. But still, I like the irony of a blog called "My Daley Rant" where I don't post every day.

I did post a funny set of questions from my kids yesterday, though, and since I turn 40 today, I also posted my birthday wish last week.

WORD VERIFICATION: cathoot. 1) a partnership of feilines. 2) A cat's expression of "who"

http://mydaleyrant.blogspot.com

@rjdaley101071

Laurel said...

I am glad to see some sanity returning to the world. While freely admitting I have benefited immensely from certain blogs (including Nathan's, of course), I am tired of everyone I know expecting me to read her blog just because she writes one. There are not enough hours in the day - or my life.

Josephine Myles said...

I think once anyone's been blogging for a while it's going to lose a little of the original sparkle, but there are plenty of new blogs springing up all over the place. Just because the first wave of bloggers are getting fatigue, doesn't mean there aren't those with fresh enthusiasm around. It's just a case of finding them.

I don't blog nearly as much as I used to, though...

Stewart Ronen said...

I can really identify with what's been said here. It really does take effort and time to maintain one's blog and to keep it interesting. In addition, I think it's vital to post things which have stimulating content and that's not always easy...

ScottB said...

Ouch. I just finally got around to starting a serious blog a month ago. That's pretty late to the party, sounds like. Never been too big on the social network scene, and decided I better start something now if I want any contacts to broadcast to when I finish a novel. Maybe that's a bad way to go about it.

So are people feeling like blogs just don't bring in enough direct value, or is just that they aren't as fun as other activities (like writing a novel)?

Harvee said...

As long as there are new books to read, I won't get tired of book blogging and book blogs!

Jaycee Adams said...

As with anything, I think it depends on your perception of it, and its relation to other things in your life. I go through dry spells all the time. Right now I'm in a heavy spell where I'm exploding with ideas about things to write. Instead of daily blogging, I set them up to post every few days, in the hopes that when the next dry spell comes along, no one will be the wiser.

I don't know how anyone could get as much done as you did, Nathan. Your thoughts and insights are quite powerful even if they come weekly. If you're worried about having something for your readers to read every day, though, I do have a simple solution. Write me and I'll tell you what it is.

Elizabeth said...

I only started blogging regularly this year, though I've kept a blog since 2003. So no fatigue here yet--at least from the writing side.

I'm getting blog reader fatigue, though, and have cut way back, with further cuts to come. Too many blogs, too few hours to read them.

DM said...

I decided a long time ago that the idea we must blog often was ridiculous. Nobody has time to write or read so many blogs. I now blog when I have something to say, or I invite a guest blogger.

Julie Daines said...

Blog posting takes a lot of time. As I look for professionals, such a agents, to work with, I look at how much time they spend blogging. If they are constantly blogging or tweeting, I seriously question how much time they have left over to work on what needs to be done.

Anninyn said...

I think a lot of the problem with blogging is that everyone and their mother has a blog, and usually they're just regurgitations of what better, more original bloggers have said before.

And because of that massive oversaturation, it is tiring for bloggers who work hard on creating content and don't get much in the way of hits, because their potential readers are lost in a sea of sludge or dead blogs.

Fortunately, I think a lot of the blogs that were started 'cause you gotta have a blog, maaaan' are dying and slowly fading.

ginny martyn said...

Thanks for posting this. I went on a year long blog break (had a baby and went to school). The only reason I came back was for the sake of the sacred "platform". However, most blogs are getting really boring. Everything has been talked about and debated to death. Plus blogging is a time sucker without a lot of payoff. And we understand you have a life. Don't worry about late posts.

Bobbi said...

Yes on all counts. I used to post daily, now I'm down to 3-4 times per week but I'm funemployed so it's easier. It's a huge amount of work but for me it tracks a life experiment of living in a foreign country, a chronicle that I hope someday will be a book.

What would replace blogging?

Charlee Vale said...

I honestly tired, because I get very little feedback. The vast majority of viewers don't ever comment, and while I know that people are reading, without response it feels a little like spinning a web into nothing.

I can do the same thing at home talking to myself. However, I think I'll persevere for a while longer. :)

CV

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

There are more options now, more ways to be online. Some people have migrated to Facebook or Twitter, so that online presences are spread out across more platforms. Some who used to blog are just putting that time and energy into a different place.

I'm finding that the people whose blogs I follow post less often. That's okay. 3X a week instead of daily? Fine. 1X a week instead of 2X? Fine. With feed readers and Twitter links, a post just shows up whenever it's ready, so there's less reason to have to post on a predictable basis.

I blog as often as I ever did, because I've never put a lot of pressure on myself about my blog, and I just plain enjoy it. I have some loyal commenters with whom it's a pleasure to interact, I get to remind myself of writing tips I need to consider, and I have an easy-to-update platform for whenever I want to post some news.

I think blogs were destined to peak because for a while there everyone was starting one; everyone felt obligated. Now I think it's settling down more to the people who really want to do it.

Dianne said...

I feel it. And I wonder how much networking will actually happen as a result of blogging. Balance sounds like the answer. I can usually attain that, but I find myself checking to see how many page views and worrying that my networking goals aren't being met (not even close!). So my obsessions are cutting into my productivity. Self-talk, lots of it, and maybe I'll be back in balance.

Kelly said...

I started blogging several years ago, but even then made the decision not to post unless I had something to say. For awhile I felt guilty that I was doing it all wrong, not building up a loyal and regular following. But once I started on this Campaign Builder thing and found I had to read A LOT OF blogs daily, I discovered that my goal would have been complete overload.

I haven't changed a thing about my habits, but at least I feel settled in my conviction that I'm doing it "right." When I've written something I really want people to read, I post the link on Facebook and Google+, and my readers come. I also think an initial push like the Platform Builder campaign can be good just to get your blog in people's readers. Whether they come or not is their decision.

Google Reader is great for us readers. But I've already found that I gravitate toward only a few of my favorite authors anyway, and those who post daily have gone neglected. I'm too busy!

(Even my favorite newspaper columnists only wrote weekly, and even still I never got to them all.)

Vinyl and Mono said...

Many authors have stopped or cut way back on doing it because of diminished returns (i.e., it didn't really help book sales, the readership of the blog dropped off, and the time it took to update daily or weekly was harder to come by). This is all understandable. Every author and wannabe author had a blog for a while. Too many to read, too much trouble to keep up with. Too many author blogs all said the same things (writing is hard, here is how I do it, answers to the same old reader questions). Yet many agents are basically saying upfront that they won't even CONSIDER a new author who doesn't have a blog and every other social network connection that exists. To me this demonstrates jumping on a bandwagon without really understanding the purpose (using social medial skillfully, not becoming a knee-jerk slave to it). Some people are switching to a tumblr format, which more easily allows for posting short items like photos and quotes and "reblogging" of other tumblrs of interest. This makes sense to me.

Kelly said...

Charlee, I just wanted to comment on your reply. I don't think we should gauge blog effectiveness solely on the commenting activity. I personally love to read certain blogs but hate to comment even if I really appreciated the post. I'm just not a "responding" sort of person.

If your visitors dwindle to nothing over time, then maybe you can decide that your posts aren't relevant to anyone. But if you've still got healthy numbers (generally, over time), even without comments, I think you can assume that you're reaching people.

Books don't demand a written response and conversation with the author. Neither did newspaper columns. So why should blog readers have the burden of interaction forced upon them?

Anonymous said...

This has been happening since blogging began. I do think blog fatigue is on the rise with agent blogs. How many times can someone post about a query letter before people get sick to death of it?

But author blogs are still going strong because it's one of the best forms of social media to communicate with readers.

Jaimie said...

I've noticed my comment count has decreased, as far as people commenting to ME. It's just not as easy to log in and comment as it is to push "like" on Facebook, so people don't take the effort anymore. Facebook has ruined us all. (I try to stay off of it.)

Bryan Russell said...

I've seen it a little bit, but I'm guessing it might be a little cyclical. New blogs start as old blogs end. There will always be someone knew with something to say, unless the format itself becomes obsolete.

For me, it's the time crunch. Back in the day, with my bookstore, there were lots of free minutes to spend online in whatever way I wished. But now, with a full-time job that doesn't entail free online time and three small kids at home (not to mention my own writing to do), there simply isn't the time.

I think you have to make practical adjustments of what you can and should do.

Mira said...

Well, first, Happy Birthday to Rick! I hope you have an amazing year, Rick! :)

I like what Jennifer said: "Now I think it's settling down more to the people who really want to do it".

I think that's true. I think many people started blogging because they were "supposed to". That has burnout written all over it - doing something because you have to.

I also imagine think there are those who blog and it's highly emotional - like Konrath - and I could see why he'd like to take a break. I also think people can get tired of doing something over time and need a break.

In terms of you, Nathan, I'm relieved to hear you're not at that point yet, because I love your blog so much. But you're the most important thing here, so if at any point you need to take a break, cut back or even (hard to type this!) leave, I hope you do what's best for you.

I also wonder if there aren't things that you could do to make it easier on yourself. For example, This Week in Books might be easier to post on Monday, because you have more time to do the link stuff. You could also get an assistant to compile This Week in Books, or do other things, or more guest blogging help. Or you could simply cut back to a M,W,F or a Tues, Thurs schedule.

Or keep it loose. Whatever works for you and lets you maintain balance and energy.

It's so funny, given this topic, that I'm about to start a blog. I've got the layout ready, I think it's pretty, I sort of like the name, and I'll start when I get that "it's time" feeling. But I'm doing it partly to jump start my writing, and partly just cause I have things I'd like to say, to share. So there's no networking pressure. But it's scary. What if no one comes and it's just I'm just talking to myself? On the other hand, what if people do come? That could be even scarier. Thinking about starting my blog makes me respect what you've been doing for the past several years, Nathan. There's pressure, which can also add to the burn-out factor - all and all I think it's pretty awesome what you've done here.

Elisa said...

I've been contemplating whether to retire my blog altogether or take an indefinite hiatus. I never posted like clockwork, but have at least been trying to maintain one a week. And this time of year is always hectic for me.

I question whether what I'm writing about really matters -- since it's about writing, I don't think it's original (I just add a first-hand perspective and some humor), and I don't get the traffic or comments that others get. Furthermore, I don't want to spend the time to increase that traffic. I think I've established my platform by now. I have Twitter. I have Facebook. I want to *write* my books. And I want more time to read others'.

What holds me back (and you mentioned this too, Nathan), is not wanting to abandon those followers who have loyally supported my blog. Will I be letting them down?

Finally, I know I don't have time to keep up with other people's blogs on a regular basis anymore. There are simply too many. I think others feel the same way.

Anonymous said...

Truth is blogging takes a lot of effort, thinking of what the best topic and how to persuade readers to stay tune with your blog. It's highly competitive already when you are to compete with prolific writers, authors of books, teachers and what about us? amateur writer trying to be known for our work. Really it's even hard to think and get even. Also it's very tiring when almost all the topic was brought out for public viewing. So what's left with all of us> You tell me....

Tasha Seegmiller said...

I hope blog fatigue isn't on the rise. I just got mine up and going. I love the resources that are available to newbies like me in blogland.

Khanada said...

I am experiencing blog fatigue as a reader as well. I started following a lot of blogs to help me learn as much as I can about writing and publishing. While I could NEVER say I know everything now (!), I am just not picking up as much new information anymore relative to the time spent. Yet, I've grown attached to most of the blogs I've followed, and I hate this feeling of possibly missing something new or important! So I love it when people say they are posting less. It's much easier for me to keep up, too.

And Charlee, thanks for your comment! I am going to make a special point of trying to comment on blogs I follow that don't get a lot of comments. I can see where that can get frustrating!

Courtney Price said...

That's perfectly healthy... I don't think anyone should give up REAL LIFE interactions or actual work that pays for blogging :) Have you heard of Kirk Tuck? He is big in the photography world, this week he announced that he was through with creating content for free. SUPER interesting post:
http://visualsciencelab.blogspot.com/2011/10/end-of-road.html

Nick Rolynd said...

During the previous incarnation of my blog, I quickly experienced blog fatigue and pretty much abandoned it. It was only when my inspiration to write came back full force that I trashed the old incarnation and replaced it with it's current (and already far more popular) one.

Really, I think you have the right idea. Balance. I told myself this time that I wasn't going to use a fancy-shmancy schedule for posting. I wasn't going to participate in writing prompts like clockwork. I was only going to post my own ideas at my own pace.

And so that's what I'm doing. Through that approach, I've had more time to network my blog across social media platforms and, you know, actually read OTHER blogs, which was something I only did sporadically before.

I think blogging just needs to keep up with the times. Social media can be a powerful tool to get your blog out there, and it doesn't require you to post new stuff every single day. Spending time in other places, networking yourself occasionally...these things can make you a more rounded presence on the internet without requiring several hours a day of working on the "perfect post."

Trying to force myself to blog every day out of some misplaced sense of obligation is what burned me out of blogging last time. I don't intend for that to happen again.

Robena Grant said...

Yep, I've seen a lot of my established author friends backing away from their blogs. It can be a real time sink.

I've had a blog since '06 but had the comments turned off and used to use it as an update for friends and family. Four months ago I opened the blog to comments but with the understanding that I would post only once a week. This feels good to me. It gives me time to think about what I want to write about, maybe even write it in advance of post date. I seldom write about writing, and I post twice a month to another author's blog, but again just thoughts on life.

Commenters are sporadic, it depends on the subject, spammers are in abundance (what's with that?)but I have noticed a few loyal followers. I'm not into the racking up of hundreds of fake fans, (either on my blog, FB or Google+) I'd rather go slow and really communicate.

I have five favorite places I visit almost every day. One of them is yours, Nathan, so I hope you stick around. : )

Mira said...

Actually, I do want to say one other thing about your blog, Nathan.

This doesn't change what I've said about balance at all, but something to throw into the mix.

You started this blog as an agent, and your popularity grew because you write with integrity and intelligence and courage, something writers were drawn to. So, this blog gave you more than a platform - it gave you influence.

That influence is still there, this blog is a touchstone for discussing current events in a way that has impact.

I honestly don't know if that type of influence is important to you or not, but if it is, it's not something to let go of lightly.

Again, self-care is the most important thing, and the above may not be your priority, that's truly up to you, but just some food for thought.

Vera Soroka said...

I think it is very hard for writers to get noticed in the vast ocean of blogs. I can see people getting tired of it. How does one get noticed and have time to write?

Transforming Seminarian said...

It's reassuring to know that it's not just me. I started my blog about six and a half years ago. Once upon a time, I looked at my blog as a way to maintain the discipline of writing. I would post on a regular schedule (I started out daily, but I think that moved to my more or less current three-days-a-week schedule inside or a year or so), and would try to make sure to post something on schedule, no matter how "dry" I felt, because I know enough that keeping up the discipline of writing is important.

Nowadays, that's shifted somewhat. I still think that the discipline is important, but the fact is that it's getting harder and harder to maintain, especially in light of some life events that have commanded my time. It used to be that some of those life events, themselves, would provide fodder for writing, but it's getting to be increasingly the case that these events involve other people--people who might not appreciate my sharing stories that aren't entirely my own.

Like you, I'm not ready to throw in the towel just yet. But with so few incentives outside of myself to keep going, I can't make any promises how long that state of affairs will continue.

Jeff Adair said...
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Jeff Adair said...

Who needs to blog anymore? That's so last decade...

Maya said...

Hi Nathan,

I think it's a really smart move to balance your life more. You need that social interaction to keep going. After all, you can't be a writer if you've nothing to write about!

That said, I love your blog and am really sad when your "This Week in Publishing" is not there. I agree with Mira that cutting back to M,W,F may help you out. If you want to maintain your audience though, I would try to stick to some schedule, because it's not very satisfying to come to the site, expect a post to be there based on what we're used to, and find it not there. (And I'm not an RSS type of person -- it's too easy to oversubscribe.)

Good luck in figuring out what the best balance is for you!

Jacqueline Windh said...

Yup, totally agree... but to me, especially, the fatigue is about reading so many blogs. The internet is so flooded with content.I don't have the time in my life to read people's blogs just because I "should" because they are my friend, or to be nice to them, or because they read mine. I would like to have the time to do that - but I don't.

So what can I expect about people reading mine? I need readers to come across me in the first place. And then deliver enough value in my content that they come back, in the midst of all of the choices out there. It is really tough... if everyone is supposed to have a blog, and also read blogs too.

And same for commenting.... too much content. I am comment number 50-something. I wonder if anyoe is even going to read it?

The way the internet is now, it really comes down to quantity and not quality. And all that quantity means that it is virtually impossible to find the stuff that is of quality.

Munk said...

Blog fatigue, yes.
Books are more interesting.

Reflections said...

I think many of us are fatigue by the world's pace, not just by blogging. And for each of us, we must find a balance that works well in our little worlds. Blogging is a great adventure and I have met many wonderful people here, including you. It's all about what works best for each in our own way that keeps this all so fresh, so inspirational for those that read us. Thanks for sharing and opening this topic for the many to be able to voice these concerns of letting others down.

Anonymous said...

Agree with Maya. Like the blog, but sucks to come here and no post. Check again. No post. Check again. No post. Appreciate if there were regular days.

The Desert Rocks said...

I agree that there seems to be a definite waning of blog readers who have found time to do other things--necessary things, maybe life sustaining things like jobs. Good for them and maybe bad for me. I love my readers and my blog feels like a personal, almost unadvertised connection to friends. Which reminds me maybe I should go outside and go for a bike ride!

hopshackles said...

I think Blog will keep on existing, especially with the advent of iPad and convenient touch screen, netbooks that allow for easy reading - it's something else out there to read and browse through alongside magazines, newspapers, news sites, FB, e-books, etc, etc.

Quality of quantity rings true here methinks. Unless you're a pop culture blog that relies on everyday trends and fads, I think blog readers will prefer reading when you have something to say, versus 'fluff'.

(Not that fluff is bad of course. In small doses, fluff is fab!)

NB: My captcha word is "solymed" which sort of reminded me of "Soylent Green", which, again, is perhaps apt to fluff and blogs.

Polenth said...

Not really. I knew if I blogged every day, I'd quickly burn out. So I aimed to post once a week with no set schedule (so if I missed a week, it wasn't a big deal). The result is I can take breaks when I need to, without it shattering any reader expectations. And I don't feel fatigued.

Some did criticise my decision to start out posting less often, but years down the road, I'm still blogging... some of them aren't or had to cut back.

Anonymous said...

If you have nothing to blog about, don’t. I now only read about 5% of the blogs I used to. Most of it is just noise.

Sarah said...

If I'm having a particularly busy work week, I won't blog or if I think I might skip more than one or two posts, I'll let my readers know of a temporary hiatus. Otherwise, I'm the same as you when it comes to balance. I don't want to put out posts that are half-finished or not well-written just for the sake of maintaining a schedule.

(PS: I only blog 3 times a week & sometimes can't even manage it. I am in awe that you're able to write such detailed posts everyday!)

Jesse said...

I've been in full blow "blog fatigue" for a while. I really wonder if anyone is reading anyway.

reader said...

Frankly, many bloggers should quit, but hang on. With many of them, what once felt fun and inventive, now just feels old. No one's that interesting 24/7 that I feel I'm missing out. Blogging takes time. Eventually real life has to take over and you've got to live instead of just blogging about it.

My exceptions: I check out your blog once a week (as in, today). Also, I read Reality Steve's comic blog on the trash TV show "The Bachelor." And I read Jay Mohr's comic blog about the show "Real Housewives of New Jersey." I don't even watch the shows, just read the blogs. That's my pop culture/ridiculous TV for the week, and then I'm over it.

Aimée Beatrice Jodoin said...

I have definitely experienced this myself, but I made some changes to my blog to accommodate my schedule and abilities.

jesse said...

For me, if I'm in full write or edit mode, I don't usually have much left for blogging. On the whole, the novelty seems to have worn off.

Jenny Phresh said...

Yes, a lot among my writer friends--many have grown weary and feel that the blog takes away from their actual writing. It can be a big time-suck. I try to use it when I need to let off some steam or am stuck on another writing project. I can't see giving it up...not yet.

Roger Floyd said...

No, I haven't had the dubious pleasure of blog fatigue. It sounds like writer's block, an excuse to not write. I never set out to blog every day. I knew from the beginning (about a year and a half ago) that I couldn't do that, not so much for lack of ideas but that I had other writing to do. I'm still going strong, and I still blog weekly (weakly?) If you don't believe me, check out my blog. On the other hand, I wonder if readers are feeling a sort of fatigue about having to read all these blogs. There are so many out there, I can't keep up. I have all I can do to write, query, revise, brainstorm ideas, etc.

Anonymous said...

your question is somewhat loaded because the nature of this blog has, by the nature of it being a reflection of your life, work, ambitions, has shifted.

NB is bookmarked on my browser, & I check in, but for different reasons than when I first started, not totally dissimilar to yours.

The general fading of blogs ... I wonder if the nature of them (and I find myself responding not to your post - did I read the whole thing? already can't remember - but the question ... hahah, and no one will read this comment) is big out of the gate interest, with a generally slowing. Some, like the millions, hold my interest, the difference being, while they may have been curated by one person, they're not the specific expression of that person.

What you offered, and continue to offer, IMO, is a curatorial value - within days, if not that day, I'll check into read the round-up. You seem to have an intuitive sense of ferreting out links that congeal around an issue, or something of the moment. Even if I've already read a lot on the topic (the LGBTQ "discrimination" bru-ha-ha which turned out to be something different than initially believed {I think}), you always give another dimension.

And, you turned me onto Sarah la Polla's blog which I spent hours going through until 3 a.m. over the weekend. Deep in her archives, I found a post about self-publishing, another about the 90's, about YA, ... point being, it's the provocation to find other perspectives that is a blog's genius.

Speaking of which, why haven't you linked that NYTimes piece about your former employer, Curtis Brown, partnering with Perseus on the Argo self-pub model, and the value of an agent's curatorial function?

And good luck with finding balance .. it's so clear to anyone who ever hauled them out of a small town that you're an overachiever (<<written with affection)

Ida said...

I started my website this past July in conjunction with the publication (self-publication) of my first children's novel. There is information about the book and photographs of the setting and a little information about me. Although the website has provision for a blog I haven't activated this.

Some of the comments others have made echo my thoughts. Others, more experienced and knowledgable, have written about the writing and publishing process. I am a private person so I wouldn't feel comfortable writing about my personal life. Anyway, who, besides my family and friends, cares what I am making for dinner or where I am going on my next vacation?

I have updated the website once with new photographs and plan to do this whenever something relevant arises. Of course, information about the sequel, when it nears publication will be added!

Marilyn Peake said...

Glad your blog will be sticking around. And good for you that you're adding more fun time to your life! Enjoy!

Renee Collins said...

I've moved to Twitter, for the most part. It's SO. MUCH. EASIER. And much more effective for networking, I've found.

I'll keep my blog around as more of a website function. An occasional post for announcements, or when I really have something on my mind, something I feel is truly worth adding to the noise online.

That said, my years of regular blogging were not a waste. I met my amazing writer friends and critique partners that way. So it was totally worth all the hassle. :)

Nathan Bransford said...

anon-

Wow, I completely missed that news!

readingkidsbooks said...

I've been blogging for 5 years and yes, sometimes it can be a bit much. In the past I've had several blogs, but have concluded that the only way I can keep this up is if I do it, when I have the time, and when the fancy strikes me. I may lose some readers, but that's ok. Blogging is about being connected with the larger world, and as long as I still feel that, I'll keep posting, and reading.

D.G. Hudson said...

I suspect the bloggers that are experiencing blog fatigue try to keep to a daily schedule.

The value of leaving a post up a little longer is that it is likely to be seen by more visitors than if the post has to be found on the sidebar. A few blogs that I've followed have closed shop, so I have had to update my blog links.

Perhaps these people have come to realize they need 'Self' time. I posted about that a few days ago on one of my blogs if you're interested:

http://dghudson.blogspot.com/2011/10/duty-vs-self-finding-time.html

I'll continue to follow this blog, Nathan, since you make it worthwhile. Keep it up, at your own pace.

Anonymous said...

surely you jest ...

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/03/business/media/perseus-creates-new-service-for-authors-seeking-to-self-publish.html

Jan Cline said...

I have struggled with this for some time. It's just not that high on my priority list, but I try to keep at it. I know many writers who think of it as a necessary evil. There just doesnt seem to be enough time to do it all.
Good post...thank you.

Nathan Bransford said...

I'm not and don't call me Shirley.

Guess that works better verbally. Thanks, anon!

Carol Riggs said...

I've certainly noticed it with others' blogs. I purposely only post once a week for that very reason (time constraints, and I want to have time to WRITE!). And I still struggle sometimes to make that simple deadline.

Please don't apologize, Nathan! Just post weekly (less?) or sporadically, and have a life along with your blog. :) If ALL bloggers would pare down to once or twice a week, we'd all have more time because there'd be fewer posts to read!

Creart said...

BLOG FATIgUE; (adv) symptom that appears of too much writing and little time "living". (Hit the streets more and less the keyboard in order to recharge your blogging batteries! Yay!

Roslyn Rice said...

Blogging can be overwhelming and I'm blessed to share the responsibility with my twin sister.
But when you take a hiatus a loyal reader will send you an email that says, "Hey where have you been?" and you realize what a difference your organic words mean to other people.
Hang tough!

Natalie said...

What about blog reader fatigue? I follow several blogs that I really enjoy but I can't keep up with reading all of them every day. So frankly, I'm okay with bloggers who post maybe 3 times a week instead of daily.
Less really can be more.

Betty Atkins Dominguez said...

I write less and less on my blog, didn't know there was a name for it though. Now I'll just tell readers I have blog fatigue.

Annie said...

I definitely have blog fatigue. Plenty of ideas, less time to write them. I'd rather write one good blog post a week and give myself to work on other things, rather than blog daily.

I agree with the blog reader fatigue that Lisa D mentioned, too.

Roni Loren said...

I have been noticing this as well, both personally and with friends. I've been blogging for two years on writing and also started an author blog (for non-writing topics) after I got a book deal a year ago. So it's a lot. I love blogging, but now with working on deadlines and maintaining a presence on other social sites, it does become overwhelming at times.

I also definitely have blog reading fatigue. My reader now goes ignored. I pretty much only click over to posts that catch my eye on Twitter.

I'm wondering if many are going to start migrating over to places like Tumblr where you can "microblog" and not put forth a lot of time.

John Mahogany said...

I just started writing a blog and I have a virtual world business. This week I went with my wife to our local lake and I just sat there and stared at the water and the sky and the birds that I really love (was a birder) and I thought to myself "what the gosh darned heck happened". I am spending my days and nights mentally wired to a computer--OMG--I'm a Borg! So the lake spoke to me with its reflections and shining examples of bluebird beauty and I knew that somewhere I had taken a wrong turn. I, like you, will continue to write but, you know, there is a really nice oxygen filled life out there to breathe full of good old vitamin D sun shininess. Hear that squeaky sound? that's me going out to the back yard to be with my family--no computers, iphone, ipads, gameboys, pa's allowed. 'nuff said.

Anonymous said...

I hope you're not getting too fatigued, Nathan. You have a lot of talent and you connect with people in ways most bloggers can't. You have "it." I think people came here originally because you were an agent. But they remained because they like what you do. Don't underestimate yourself.

Kristin Laughtin said...

I've definitely experienced it, even though I only post once or twice a week. I'm balancing a full-time job, grad school, and still trying to write, and my mental energy is drained enough as it is.

Where I've really noticed myself falling behind, though, is trying to follow blogs with many posts. I've had to become a lot more selective simply because I don't have the time to read, digest, and occasionally contribute a comment, and it gets worse if there are 3-4 unread posts per blog sitting in my reader. You're interesting and yours haven't been too bad, and you deserve the break and I won't mind if you decrease your frequency!

Chazz said...

It's not so much fatigue as it is strategy and time crunch for me. I blogged for over a year daily about writing. Recently I started a second blog that's more for readers (reviews, new releases, backstage and behind the scenes with my publishing venture etc.,...) I scaled back on daily blogging. That much might have been overwhelming for some subscribers anyway.

Now I blog three times a week, but use Scoopit as a daily alternative. It's a quick aggregator so I'm still providing valuable content (on reading and writing fiction) but it doesn't take up near so much time as writing a blog post. Now that I'm writing full-time and publishing two books, I have much less time to write posts. However, people are sticking around, so it's working for them and for me.

Anonymous said...

Judging by the amount of people reading and commenting on your blog: No, there's room for the good ones.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I've noticed people blogging less too. Personally I prefer when people don't blog daily because it's too hard to keep up with. I try to be a good friend and support everyone. But sometimes it feels like a job that takes too much time. And you're right, personal interaction with friends and family is important.

Adam Heine said...

I do occasionally get low on ideas, but I still love blogging. The community and the readership (that I can occasionally use for my own purposes) is worth it.

That said, I don't know how anybody posts 5 days a week. To me, that's both crazy and unnecessary. I fully support you backing off a bit, Nathan.

Ann Best said...

As commenter #2 said, there are soooo many (I add "good") blogs out there. You just can't keep up with all of them. Just after I signed a book contract way back in December of 2009, I tried to blog at least 5 times a week. I kept this up for over a year (gasp). At my age (71) this is now too much, especially as I'm still caregiver to my disabled daughter, I still have to/want to promote my book, and I've challenged myself to get two short works self-published for Christmas. And like you, Nathan, I believe there is life out there beyond blogging: people I like to see occasionally, a movie to watch, a friend to help.

Blogging well is time-consuming and can be exhausting, and addictive. So, as blogger fatigue recently threatened, I took Anne R. Allen's advice and dropped to posting once a week. It has saved my life! I'll pick up speed a bit, but not every day, when I put out my next two stories.

By the comments, I see that this is a topic that is close to many, many bloggers' hearts!

I know I and others would miss you if you went totally MIA. But I think what you're doing is wise! Enjoy!!
Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

Jan O'Hara (Tartitude) said...

It's harder to find new subject matter or a fresh spin on the old, but I think it's more than that. Now that the stigma about self-publishing has dwindled, it seems many people are writing extra-book content for that paying market. It makes sense.

From the perspective of the reader, it's easier to consume, underline and store ebooks on writing than content in their inboxes. From the perspective of the writer, even at $2.99 a book, they've gained invaluable self-publishing experience and a bit of money for what they previously wrote off as free.

So I think it's a combo: blog-writing fatigue, blog-reading fatigue, and excitement about a new form of communication.

momslifeponderings said...

You used to post every weekday? No wonder you're tired! (I'm a new follower.) I've gone from postng twice a week to just once...and I've only been blogging for a couple of months. It is tough to keep up with work, friends, family, life...and the blogs (those I read and the one I write.) I really enjoy yours - so keep blogging!

Gael McCarte said...

The thing that depeletes my enthusiasm in a lack of response. I might get hundreds of hits, 1 or 2 likes and no comments. We write to be read and if only the headline is read what is it worth? It is a hugh sink hole. There are so many blogs, so much to choose from.

TeresaR said...

Another timely post! I've been blogging for about 7 years now...never with the regularity that you've been doing your blog, of course, although at times, I've run 3-4 blogs concurrently. I'm definitely experiencing blog fatigue. Being a compulsive answerer (if someone comments on my blog, I will always answer back), I recently disabled the comments function to give myself a break.

I agree with all those who mentioned blog reading fatigue too (and about blog-saturation).

Ultimately, no one lives or dies by blogs. If a blog is as excellent as yours is, there will always be readers no matter how long of a break you take, so take as many breaks as you like!

Ada said...

Yeah, I think blog fatigue is inevitable. Blogging really is a job and since it's a mostly unpaid job, you might as well balance it with the life you want to lead.

marion said...

Good for you, Nathan. I'm glad you're taking more time for yourself. I can't imagine how you find the time to do everything.

As for me--definitely blog fatigued. And I'm not even that consistent. Less consistent as time goes on because of:

1. A dearth of comments. I set up the blog to accept comments from everyone, but I know of 2 specific technical reasons which I have no control over that mean that people often can't comment. And they don't know why. So then they get fatigued & frustrated because they can't interact, which is what blogging's all about.
[The reasons are disabled cookies (I'm told), and being currently logged in at an e-mail address which is not the same as your own personal blog e-mail.]

2. Self-revelation fatigue. I try to keep my blog a little personal and quirky, so it's interesting. But it's tiring putting YOURSELF out there all the time, to a faceless public.

3. Other commitments. I'm getting heavily into revision now. That has to be the focus, not the blog.

4. A catch 22 that no-one talks about. They say a successful blog is an important stepping-stone to getting published. BUT nobody--almost nobody--wants to read your blog unless you're already published and they like your book(s). Unless you're an agent/editor or very clever or very lucky.

Thanks, Nathan, for helping me figure this out!

Hiroko said...

As far as "fatigue" goes for me, what is stopping me from posting is either having work or having a lack of a writing prompt, the latter being probably what is easier for me to solve.
I actually do follow quite a few blogs where the author is/was absent, but perhaps we all simply have not found that balance that is clearly needed.

enermazing said...

I've only been blogging "seriously" for three months, but during that time I have overcome and learned from two blogging crises. The issues were 1. investing too much time into research and writing (in comparison to the relevance of the outcome); 2. getting bored with my own writing.

I resolved both by letting go of the "how blogging should be" and instead turn to "how I can have fun with blogging" - and let it grow and continue naturally.

Sommer Leigh said...

I am seeing a lot of blog fatigue, though I am not feeling it. I had it a little earlier this summer, but it has long since disappeared. I agree with Mira above in that blog fatigue is cyclical. Interest comes and goes.

historywriter said...

I've always blogged when I had something to say, highlighting another author or was working on some sort of research. That means I could go several weeks without a post. I use my great-grandmother's receipt book for my lead-in. And that can take time too. Lately, a workshop I took suggested reposting on Twitter. Been doing that.

Jessica said...

I'm seeing it a lot lately too. Personally, as a blog reader I'd much rather see thoughtful yet less frequent posts than a bunch of filler stuff and memes that I'd rather skip over anyway just to keep up with a daily posting schedule.

Carol Benedict said...

I'm not even trying to post regularly anymore. It takes a lot of time to research and write a quality post, so I only do it when I have lots of free time--which isn't often. Ironically, since I quit posting as often, my blog stats have risen dramatically.

Most of my blogging friends have also been posting less, so I think blog fatigue might be contagious.

Mimi Hawthorne said...

Amen, brother. I have always thought that blogging was like eating potato chips: a short burst of flavor, but ultimately unsatisfying and a waste of calories. I no longer do it. I prefer sinking into my novel, thinking deeply and broadly, struggling and savoring as with a good meal, and after the effort, feeling satisfied and sustained. The same is true for reading blogs ...I only follow a few, then shut down the computer and pick up a book.

Darlene Underdahl said...

Not yet.

And please stick around... I really enjoy your calm take on things.

Karen A. Chase said...

Blogs are like any other social media tool in that they must have purpose and consistency. Daily blogs are far too frequent–always have been–and often the writers wax on or rant instead of being succinct. My experience says blogs should be kept under 250-300 words, be relevant to a brand, published at most once a week, and certainly after a few-month run if the followers and comments are non-existent (which clearly doesn't apply to you), the author should cease the blog. Otherwise it's like posting what sandwich you ate for lunch. It has no impact on people's growth, so why waste everyone's time talking about it...

Sonia G Medeiros said...

I've been feeling the blog fatigue lately too. Both with reading and writing. It felt like it was sucking a lot of the creative energy I needed for my novel-in-progress. I cut back from 3 days a week to 2 and it's helped tremendously. I don't feel as pressured throughout the week. I still think it's important to be conistent in blogging. I'm less likely to read another's blog if they're only posting here and there.

Stephanie Faris said...

I'm DEFINITELY suffering blog fatigue. I was spending countless hours every day reading and writing them and I'm exhausted! Now I'm looking toward putting that creative energy toward creating a website my readers will want to visit once I'm published...really, when it comes to book sales, how influential is a blog? That's what I've been considering. But I've been using the time I used to spend reading blogs making money freelance writing. I think blogs will always be around; I just think people will have them a little more targeted. The energy we used to spend blogging our every little life detail is now spent writing 160-word status updates about our every little life detail!

Brenda said...

Oh, I'm sooooo feeling blog fatigue.

Carrie said...

I'm glad to find this issue addressed here, because blog fatigue has become such an epidemic. And it's weird, because you're the only one I've seen comment on the overall trend. The individual bloggers cite negativity, running out of things to say, etc.

Personally, I'm wondering if it isn't more industry-based. The closure of Borders, imprints closing, the brave new world of self-publishing - there's a lot of change in the publishing industry right now. While there can be a lot of opportunity in change, it's also stressful, and nobody is happy to read about businesses shutting their doors forever.

I think this blog fatigue is endemic to a malaise within the industry itself, and perhaps even to the broader economic recession. IMO, blogging is an inherently optimistic activity. I think it's hard for a lot of people to summon up the motivation to be optimistic about what they can achieve with their blog right now.

P. Kirby said...

For me, it's more like social media fatigue, although regular blogging is certainly and effort and at times, a time sink.

It takes time to write a blog. It also to tweet and spend time on Facebook. Time, which, as you noted, takes away from other activities.

At the moment, I'm at about one posting a week. I've got a holiday art show to prepare for, a book signing around the same time, the weather is lovely, and sitting in a chair all day "socializing" is either a chore or a distraction.

At the moment, most of my social media time is done while at work. Because, meh, it's just work.

DearHelenHartman said...

Yep. Widespread.
I write a humor blog with a vintage angle and only been actively blogging since April. Gone from a new follower every day to a couple a week and some weeks not that. Comments are down all over. Bummer because I'm not burned out. Was just getting going but in general, the energy is clearly ebbing across the whole blogging world, and it all seemed to happen since I started. Is it me? It's me, isn't it?

jseliger.com said...

This topic just arose on Hacker News.

My own thinking is that people don't necessarily get "blog fatigue" per se—they get writing fatigue, since writing is hard, or, alternately they want to write longer, more substantial pieces than is necessarily optimal for the blog as a genre. The people who blog, I tend to suspect, are the people who really want to do it for their own pleasure and learning; the people who don't tend to move to Twitter or Facebook or whatever, since those are easier.

Whirlochre said...

Totally agree. There has definitely been a retreat from the front line of blogging over the years. Less of my friends now blog regularly, my own blog is less frequently visited and (sadly) I'm less inclined myself to go looking for new blogs to read.

Facebook and Twitter are definitely partly to blame, along (perhaps) with natural burnout for some and miscellanous circumstances for others.

For the moment I have no plans to stop and I hope the same goes for you too.

Right now I'm down to a post a week instead of two to three but that could change in an instant (if only the goddamn bugs would let me out of this goddamner prison cell!!!). As long as everything I post retains the sheen of enthusiasm then I'm happy. What I won't tolerate is sticking to some kind of schedule when I've got nothing to say.

That said, my latest post is about take-away food. Do drop by.

Rab said...

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, people wanted to write and read powerful messages. They wanted to learn, to meet people like themselves, and to have meaningful discussions.

But in that doomed land there were kings, and the kings understood but three things. Those things were frequency, word count, and backlinks.

And so it was that people with powerful messages, people who learned, people who discussed great things, were made to suffer. The greatest of the kings, Goloth, said unto them, "do as you wish with your messages and meanings, for those do not concern me. But beware: ignore the Three Things that are dear to me, and you will be less than serfs in my kingdom."

The people found that this was true. And so they paid their duties to the kings in the form of frequency, word count, backlinks. Slowly, these things consumed their energy. They struggled with the messages and meanings that once were their passion.

And one by one they asked themselves, "Which is more valuable? One meaningful conversation, or 1,000 inane conversations?"

They looked at their spam filters, and they were glutted on felled backlinks. They looked at their neighbors, who were losing their messages, or had disappeared. They looked at their bodies, and they were bent and rheumatic.

And one by one they said to Goloth, "take your kingdom and rot in it. You have built it on my labor and given me dust in return. I will take my labor with me, and leave you with the dust."

Many, many years later, the people had moved to distant kingdoms. Some had built new kingdoms to suit themselves. Goloth, who had once ruled them, was left with a kingdom of dust.

Carolyn L said...

You've established a fantastic website with great archival blog posts. As a new writer, I find your topics helpful -- yours is the only blog I subscribe to.

Posting twice a week on topics that excite you is much more valuable than trying to carry on a daily blog conversation.

You may want to consider posting a monthly rather than weekly publishing summary.

Thanks again for the wonderful insights and helpful pointers.

min said...

I have definite blog fatigue! I have my stock list of blogs which I visit, but I haven't looked at any of them in over a month. I used to have a daily routine, but then I realized I was reading about writing, not actually writing.

I decided to go on about my daily way and stop being chained to my computer. I'm also not checking Twitter as often. Does it ruin my life to not know what's going on in someone else's life? Ah, no. Turns out, the world still goes on. Who knew?

Claude Nougat said...

I'm glad you're going to keep going in spite of the fatigue!

And the number of comments such a post elicited should be a real encouragement for you to keep going! I'm lucky if I get a couple of comments (but then I'm definitely not as good as you!)

All the best...and the hell with fatigue! The only way to go that makes sense is to post only when you feel like it and yes, move out of your niche too, if you're bored with the usual (publishing/books) subject! I notieced that you do, and that's a very good thing!

February Grace said...

Seeing it, feeling it, tired of it all.

I blogged in another 'sphere' as it were for a long time before I started the blog I have now and maybe that's why.

I'm also tired of blogs just being book commercials in disguise.

I have limited use of my eyesight and I save it for the writers who have something to say not just something to sell- and so the list i read has dwindled.

far as my own posting- life has been bad this year- and so sometimes, there's just too much going on to come up with something fluffy to post about that people are going to want to read.

I have ten times more followers on my sidebar than ever actually read the blog. I'm thinking of going private for the people who actually care and making it more of a personal way of keeping in touch with them than anything else anymore.

Life goes by too fast to spend too much time in front of a screen: computer, or otherwise.

bru

Rachel Ventura said...

Thank you so much for this post, Mr. Bransford. At 19, I'm supposed to be part of this social media TMI generation that loves to share anything and everything every minute of my life.

But I don't, and I have long feared having to pour out expenses of my energy that I simply don't have while trying to get up the energy to write a novel (I'm working on a short story collection as a way of getting my feet wet).

I have never been a blogger for exactly this reason. Which is why it is so refreshing to hear major names in the so-called blogosphere and publishing in general -- yourself as well as Konrath and Whipple -- confess that blogging takes up a great deal of your time and that you are in need of some well-deserved time off.

Knowing that the "big names" struggle with the same dilemmas as the "little folks" surely brings a collective sigh of relief. (And no, I didn't call you Shirley.) I know I'll keep checking in regularly even if the posting frequency diminishes a bit. Quality over quantity, that's my philosophy. Or in the words of a certain Mr. Presley, a little less conversation and a little more action. :)

(BTW: I'm the one who asked about your experience with social media not long ago...and the platform-shy logo designer of Nathan's Famous Blog.)

Word verification? "Banol." Reminds me of what a lot of stuff on the internet (pleasant company excluded) happens to be, and that's "banal."

Sheila Cull said...

good to hear you're sticking around...

Jacqueline Howett said...

I have just got back online after almost six weeks. Balance is key. Its comforting to know we are all feeling the same. Yes evolution is taking place. There's a certain transformation going on anyway. As they say, enjoy life, for it is so fleeting!

Great post!

janesadek said...

I have a love/hate relationship with my blog. It's like a child - lots of work and little in the way of appreciation, but WOW, when the appreciation comes, it's worth it all.

I've been blogging for a little over six months, three times a day. I love it when I'm in the middle of writing a blog or when a reader tells me how much what I do means to them, but when I'm looking at my to do list, I'm hating the time it takes to be consistent.

Blogging was not on my top ten list of things I wanted to do. It was only after I'd been told repeatedly that any unpublished person that hoped to change their status HAD to blog. Funny thing is, I think blogging in some form and on some timetable is something I will always do - irregardless of my status in publishing.

PL said...

It's pretty clear that "blog fatigue" means different things to different people.

It doesn't really sound to me like you are suffering from "blog fatigue", at least as I understand it, which is basically "getting tired and bored with either writing a blog, or reading blogs, or both". As you say in your post, you decided that some part of your time would be better spent actually getting out and experiencing things with friends and so on. But you are still going to keep blogging, just at a different pace.

It is a truism that people often tend to get tired of doing the same (or similar) things over and over for a long time, and eventually they need to change things, even if temporarily. So it seems to be with blogging. I've had weeks when I have posted every day, and other weeks when I've struggled to put one post up. I've had weeks when I've spent an hour or two every day reading other people's blogs, and weeks when I've only spent a few minutes doing that.

I actually feel more fatigued seeing people use the word "countless" when they mean "many". "Countless" does not mean "more than I can be bothered to count" or "a big number that's difficult to count" -- it means "more than is POSSIBLE to count -- an infinite number". It's just another example of the "ludicrous exaggeration for effect" plaguing much modern writing.

Now THAT'S fatiguing. -- PL

Judith Mercado said...

Just posted this poem on my blog:

I thought of a post
then found myself asking if
it really mattered.

Scheduled posting day
met social network fatigue.
Could I play hooky?

Real life trumps blogging,
even Nathan B admits.
I paid attention.

Claire D. said...

Nathan, I happened here because I looked up 'how to write a sypnosis'and your answer was refreshing.
I don't blog and seldom read them. Now I think I may want to read yours.
I have a job, a husband, I'm working on a novel, have friends, have my issues/problems--I do not get it how people can blog so much.
Perhaps I can't because I exhaustively write a few writing colleagues?
To be really honest, I'm not sure I have enough to say to blog
. And writing is hard work, and I want to work on novel, not blog.
But I do have friends who blog and some, I believe, are really doing a service.
It sounds, Nathan, as though you have been offering a service. I'm glad you're looking for balance and also glad you've got the skill and interest in doing this.
Thanks for helping me with blasted synopsis.
Claire Drapkin

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I appreciated your post Nathan! I just started blogging this past January and I'm already feeling a bit "burnt out on blogging". That's even what I googled to find your blog. :) Hoping to find a better balance.

Marie Gilbert said...

I enjoy blogging because you do meet talented people who are working on amazing stories and also blogging allows me the chance to tell about the fun stuff in my life and gives me a chance to venture into a genre different than my paranormal stories, but blogging is time consuming and sometimes, I just don't have the energy to keep up.

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