Although I've been blogging for over 10 years (exactly 10 years on the Typepad platform), I've never figured out how to get much traffic. Traffic for the things I care about, that is. Yet my commitment hasn't wavered. Blogging works for me. I like seeing my thoughts recorded here.
Now I'm trying to get in the habit of blogging every day. And one point that Anil Dash makes, really resonates. "Always write for the moment you're in." I'm at a big transition point these days, trying to form new habits. Instead of planning the topics my customers care about, I see that I need to use the topics I care about. My tastes may be rarified, but the only way I can make my concerns more well-known is to speak about them in the passion of the moment.
Dashes.com: 15 Lessons from 15 Years of Blogging, 2014-Sep-25 by Anil Dash
The personal blog is an important, under-respected art form. While blogs as a medium are basically just the default format for sharing timely information or doing simple publishing online, the personal blog is every bit as important an expressive medium as the novel or the zine or any visual arts medium. As a culture, we don't afford them the same respect, but it's an art form that has meant as much to me, and revealed as many truths to me, as the films I have seen and the books I have read, and I'm so thankful for that....
One sure way to trigger writer's block when blogging is to think, "I have to capture all my thoughts on this idea and write it about it definitively once and for all." If you assume that folks are smart and curious and will return, you can work around the edges of an idea over days and weeks and months and really come to understand it. It's this process that blogging does better than pretty much any other medium, and it's sharing that process with you that's been the greatest privilege of writing here for the last decade and a half.