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Hi, This is Wayne. This is my site, my stuff, my blog, blahblahblah. The site itself is powered by WordPress and the Scary Little theme. I thought it was cool, and I still do.

Sometimes I feel the need to make an easy blog entry.

This usually means I’m torn – torn between A) the silent periods that occur on my blog because I haven’t taken the time to write something worthwhile, and B)posting “fluff” on my blog just to make an entry, hoping to avoid appearing dead.

My personal stance is – I’d rather a blog author not post something than strive to maintain a posting frequency that might make some of the blog postings “blah” or “ho-hum”. To me, micro-blogging aka social networking sites (twitter, utterz, etc) is where the “blah” belongs (blahlongs?) because at least there’s activity. “I. Am. Not. Dead.” is what micro-blogging screams. Having the sidebar show my latest activity, as inconsequential as it may be, helps the blog stay fresh.

I don’t want to have a blahg.

This stance of mine has evolved over time. If you look at the blog archives in my first and second years, I did a lot of fluff. I started with “pic-a-day” where I just put a photo or funny photo. I also did a “caption contest” series for a while. Back then, micro-blogging wasn’t all the rage, so many blog authors struggled with questions such as “is this tidbit worth a post?” and “gee, it’s been 4 days since my last post, what should I say? No, that’s not ‘big’ enough“.

I don’t remember when it clicked for me, but at some point I decided to try and settle on one post per day. This is what Blogography does. Since Dave2 has one of my all-time favorite blogs, I figured I could learn something. And learn something I did. Having a pre-set posting frequency helped me plan. I gave up the stress of posting something, sometime and traded it for the less stressful idea of posting something daily. The concept of a deadline actually helped the situation.

There were other benefits to this approach as well: for one, I felt that the expectation of a daily post would help readers decide to follow my blog. I knew that in my own head, I asked myself “What’s Dave going to write about today?” and it made me want to go look. I wanted that same question repeated throughout the world, but with my name in the question.

What about you?

Does your interest in a blog increase with the author’s consistency in posting? Are you drawn in by a schedule? Do you bypass fluff when you see it?  Do you drop blogs that have fluff posts?

So what do I post today?

I’m posting fluff.

In the extended entry, you will find some funny newspaper clippings sent to me via email recently.  What’s funny is I started with just the newspaper clippings and then realized that I was posting fluff, so I ended up making entire post about posting fluff, which in itself made the post not fluff.  To me, that’s as clever as Seinfeld making a show that’s about nothing.  

(PS: Microsoft, if you’re listening… I’d totally do an ad campaign for a lot less than $10 million)

And lo, the people did comment thus:

15 Comments

  1. Avitable says:

    I don’t think just posting those articles would have been fluff. They were pretty funny!

  2. Dave2 says:

    I can honestly say that I don’t post every day for anybody except myself. If I got out of the daily habit, it would be no time at all before I’d stop all together… of this much I am certain. Sure this means there’s occasional crappy entries… especially when I am working and such, but that’s part of the game. It’s what makes my blog “me,” because nobody’s life is exciting 100% of the time.

    Dave2s last blog post..Tiring

  3. Sybil Law says:

    I especially liked the kid who saved his sister, but wouldn’t do it again!
    Hahahahaha

    Sybil Laws last blog post..Give It Away Now

  4. Those are hilarious!! You so didn’t need a lead-in to those. Are they real? You should send them into Leno.

  5. dmarks says:

    The last one… looks like the one-armed man has some help and will finally evade the Fugitive.

    dmarkss last blog post..Saturday Scavenger Hunt "Animal"

  6. Winter says:

    I think everyone has to find the right frequency for themselves. Like Dave said, his reasons for posting daily are simple. If he doesn’t, eventually he wouldn’t at all. I just don’t have the time to post every single day. My writing load is huge as it is. I was overloaded before I began blogging January. Sometimes I do have fluffy posts too. I just try to mix it up and do what feels right on any given day. I’m not a plotter when it comes to my blog. I’m definitely a pantser. (Fly by the seat of my pants!)

    Winters last blog post..Cupcakes!

  7. Janna says:

    Hey, don’t knock fluff.
    I think my entire blog probably counts as fluff.

    Jannas last blog post..Hi, honey, I’m HOME!!!

  8. sourpuss says:

    I don’t put that much thought into the content of my blog. Probably because I just blog without worrying about how many readers I have or who my comments may upset or if it’s a literary masterpiece. I post whatever, whenever. If it’s ‘deep” or if it’s “fluff”, I don’t really care. That probably shows, but I don’t care.

    Do I care about that stuff when I read others’ blogs? Not really. Sometimes we have stuff to say and sometimes we don’t. Some people lead exciting lives and some people don’t. No biggie. I read like I blog: whatever, whenever.

    And I don’t expect posts every single day (from myself or others) but I do try to post, at the very least once, a week (if I’m really busy) just so people know I’m still alive.

  9. marilyn says:

    I try to post every day but the fluff seems to be more popular than anything more thoughtful I come up with. I have few readers who comment every day but then there are few blogs I actually visit every day. Lots of times I post things that I feel nobody is really reading and I don’t really mind too much. Before the blog I felt like I didn’t really have my own voice apart from my family. Now I feel a lot more like my own person. Yes, I am aware that’s a little pathetic.

    Also, the articles were great.

    marilyns last blog post..Happy Saturday

  10. whall says:

    Avi, yeah, I liked the one-armed man applauding, myself.

    Dave, it’s a good goal, to be sure. I for one am glad you do, crap post or not

    Sybil, that sounds like one of those honest things my 6yr old son would say.

    BlondeBlogger, well, they’re real as far as I know. They were forwarded to me via email, so I would guess someone’s submitted them by now. I do have one of his paperbacks…

    dmarks, maybe he was robbed by the one-armed bandit?

    Winter, I hears ya. It’s my preference to have the consistency but life interferes to much.

    Life is what happens between blog posts.

    Janna, that’s some fluff you got goin’ on, that’s all I’m sayin’

    sourpuss, I’ll let you in on a little secret. I have a blog post written, always posted 2 months in advance, and every week or so I push it out another week. The post is the post that will show up after I’m dead. It’s a pretty nifty idea if you ask me. Posting from the afterlife!

    marilyn, Having a “real” voice out there on the internet does feel pretty good, doesn’t it?

  11. sourpuss says:

    Hm. That’s a good idea.

    sourpusss last blog post..Wild kitty update

  12. martymankins says:

    Dave is right about posting often, regardless of what it is. I find that when I have too much time between posts, it makes it harder to finish the next post. I think for me, I need the habit of posting something on a regular basis. Granted, I only post twice a week now, with the occasional 3rd post that sneaks into the mix, but for me, I need to be posting more often to keep in the habit (and managing my time better to be posting more)

    Fluff or no fluff, I think posting when you want or when you can is the best option, regardless of what it is.

    And reading those headlines, I don’t need to watch Leno now for the next month. Thanks.

    martymankinss last blog post..One Of The Blog Gang

  13. Janna says:

    Hey, wait a minute… so you’re saying that my blog is nothing more than silly marshmallowy fluff, useful for turning ordinary brain cells into useless spongy molecules who can’t even find their car keys?
    Wow.
    I’m really insulted.
    In fact, I’m going to drive right over there and….
    Hey, wait, where are my keys?

    Jannas last blog post..Wordless Wednesday

  14. whall says:

    sourpuss, as far as you know it is

    martymankins, well, when you post 1-3 times per week like you do, nobody’s wondering “where’d he go?!!?” twitter and utterz does that for me, although that’s not the driving goal

    Janna, I completely disagree. The spongy molecules aren’t useless. They soak up excess smarticles left in the brain after thinking.

  15. Janna says:

    I thought “smarticles” were those two walnut-shaped things guys have when they try thinking with their…. um, with something other than their brain.
    (As in “Stop staring at that supermodel’s chest, honey, or I’ll kick you right in the smarticles.”)

    Jannas last blog post..Note to self: Use drive-up window next time

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