Blaugust Blogging

When motivation dips

August 21, 2019

It’s funny how things sometimes work out.

Yesterday I was hitting my third day without a post, after I’d held myself to post once every two days throughout Blaugust. I wondered what I would write about next, and I half-considered just slinking back into the shadows.

So it was with some surprise that, when reading over Bhagpuss’s latest post at Inventory Full, I noticed my name and site referenced. I was only just commenting in the Blaugust Discord that my Developer Appreciation Week post on Verant Interactive had not garnered much interest. And yet, not only had people read my post, but someone actually had unwittingly written a counterpoint post to mine. I have to say, this gave me a big boost.

This is not because I crave seeing my name on other sites, or because I desire the referred traffic from a site with higher traffic than mine. It’s because I think, as some bloggers have recently mentioned, many of us who write aren’t writing for fame. We are writing because we need to write, but also because we need to be heard. Having some direct feedback certainly helps and I am grateful. It’s perhaps exceptionally good because Bhagpuss and I in some ways sit on opposite ends of the spectrum on our MMORPG views.

I’m grateful to him for (perhaps without realising) putting my site back on track.

Other sources of motivation

Something that has also motivated me positively in the last few days are several posts by Kalyriene – especially this analysis of theme park vs sandbox. Frankly I don’t know how he gets out so many well-written, thoughtful pieces, with such frequency and it’s a bit inspiring. Naithin’s response to this post was also particularly motivating.

Looking back over my posts, I feel that I have rushed many of them out the door and they lack the quality and depth I desire. This is partly to fit in with the Blaugust meta, which has an undercurrent of ‘post more!’. This is no-one’s fault. Rather it relates to the fact that for seasoned bloggers this month is a chance to really push the limits beyond their usual 2-3 post per week publication rate. I think my ‘sweet spot’ will be, at most, two posts per week – not one post every two days. Perhaps once a week.

I have also been motivated by the almost literary quality of the board game reviews I have read lately at SpaceBiff!. I have been getting into board games in a big way recently – perhaps even more than video games. While the genre is blessed in general by thoughtful reviews, Dan Thurot’s reviews are a cut above and his writing style is exceptional.

Thanks to those writers who have kept me in this!

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  1. I’m so glad you came back and carried on, I’ve really been enjoying your posts — rushed or not. Which I certainly hear you on btw, I feel the same way.

    More than that though, when I first came back to blogging I was putting on a pretty intense schedule. I posted ~22 times in February for example, so I was almost running a Blebruary type thing off my own steam.

    It was a few months of settling, but somewhere between 10-15 posts per month is my sweet spot. Less than that and I worry I might lose momentum, more and I start to feel quite pressured on the timelines to write. And as it turns out — I don’t like it. πŸ˜›

    I don’t know how the people who post daily do it. Or at the very least, I couldn’t do it on a sustained ongoing basis just yet. It quite likely gets better with practice, I’m not there yet though if so!

      1. Honestly, this has become one of my favourite blogs.

        So it would be rather inconvenient for me, if you were to slip back into the shadows again. Quite rude even, I would think. πŸ˜‰

        I’m rooting for ya, and 100% believe your posts are way more than just good enough to see success in the longer run. πŸ™‚

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