Thoughts on Blog Writing

Ken talks about his experiment on blog writting and posting. I liked the way he shared his experience, the thought process behind it, and how he drew his conclusions. And kudos to Louis’ comments, especially on the personal touch to blogs.

It seems that some blogs are like oven-baked bread. The raw materials, in the case of bread, dough, yeast, etc., get stale and don’t taste as nice if you don’t bake it at the right time. Blogs come out of your thoughts. When it is ready and there, and you write it and post it later, or schedule them, they do not have the same convictions and passions associated with them when the ideas first come to you.

On the other hand, I can also see other blogs are like wine. It works best if you let it age in your brain for a while. No pun intended;) Maybe for those, you can schedule or post in batch? Still, I think it’s best if you blog about it when you are ready.

I, too, have 2 blogs. I post only SQL Server stuff on SqlServerCentral’s blog. I also maintain my own personal blog here, which has the other stuff like MySql, Linux, and whatever things I can think of, in addition to SQL Server material. The reason I post at SqlServerCentral is I think they have a bigger audience. I cross post the same material at my personal blog mainly for control and backup reasons. I’ll keep on doing like this and see how it works.

One thing I struggled initially was when to post a comment and when to blog about it. The criteria I take now is that if it is going to be long and add some value, I will write a blog about it, much like Larry Osterman’s tendency to riff on Raymond Chen’s blogs;) Otherwise, I will leave a comment.

Ken is right. Writing blog takes time. Blog is personal; so I guess it is ok to have off-the-cuff thoughts and comments because that is human. But that does not equal sloppiness. It takes time to do anything right. A Chinese blogger, flypig, has a great post on this😉

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