Ironically enough today Wired Magazine (online) published a story on Blogger Burnout — a nice follow up to my yesterday's post on dead blogs.
[…] bloggers contacted for this story noted that their readers seem to look at their regular, consistent posting patterns as somewhat akin to a sign of physical health. And any break in that pattern is sometimes seen as a cause for alarm.
What's funny is the article starts with a anecdote about Bilmon who pens the Whiskey Bar blog. Funny in that Bilman refers to his blog as a virtual bar. Hmmm. In some way that's what the Digital Tavern is – you know – know strangers, only friends you haven't met.
I've never heard of nor visited the Whiskey Bar blog before today. But the article brought up many of the points I've discussed her in the tavern about the pressure to write and post regularly.
[…] bloggers feel that even if their readers aren't worrying about their health, they're still expected to be coming up with the next post with little or no delay.
Legendary blogger Jason Kottke chimes in on the story:
[…] Sometimes it gets harder to find interesting stuff to talk about. There are 3 million blogs, and everyone is talking about everything. It's tough to deal with that sometimes, and you don't want to just be another person talking about the same stuff that everybody else is talking about.
I can related. There have been several posts over the last several months as I've traveled, returned home, traveled, returned home and traveled again. I think it may be more of jet lag and catching up on lost sleep or simply chilling that has kept me away from the blogging keyboard. I try to post interesting information and would rather leave a blank day than simply pen something for the sake of keeping a “streak” going.
To be sure, I have yet to suffer or feel a case of burnout. Sure, I feel a bit of anxiety to bring you some decent material — even better — something fun to read. That is, anything but the usual fodder that clogs the blogs of the common blogger.
So I'm digging in and getting going.
That is until after this weekend. Off to Santa Barbara to see Keith Richards, Norah Jones, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, eastmountainsouth and many others perform at Return to Sin City: A Tribute to Gram Parsons. Live tonight at the Santa Barbara Bowl. Hell. Maybe I'll even blog about the show next week!