The title is a slight twist on a Billy Idol song title… But, what I’m talking about here is the struggle for new bloggers to keep up the momentum when starting out.
Now, I don’t generally talk about blogging directly here, but when I saw ProBlogger Darren Rowse’s post When it Feels Like Nobody is Reading Your Blog this morning it resonated strongly with me, as I’d had this very conversation with my wife, Alli, last night with respect to her blog, ShiftedHR. She’s one of just a handful of HR bloggers in Australia and tackles a number of strategic issues from a management and best practice perspective – while messing with the status quo and sacred cows a little. It’s all very good writing – I would think so even if she wasn’t married to me.
Alli has been blogging a few weeks now, has picked up a small (<10) group of readers by RSS and has 3-5 hits a day on most days for her blog. She's feeling a little unloved and is considering pulling the plug. My advice was to work on, and get involved by commenting on HR blogs elsewhere. Her response was that she's too busy to be commenting, what with being a Mum, wife, successful manager, part-time college student and everything else that's going on in her head. I empathise, she is very busy, even in our house where the load is fairly well shared (I don't claim domestic perfection, but I do okay). I really do want her to keep blogging, as it provides her a good outlet for her thoughts and a way to distribute the tacit knowledge she's got in her head. If you're facing the same hurdle over passion to continue your blog, I recommend Darren's post. Oh, and just for fun, here's a link to a video of Billy Idol singing Dancing With Myself.