Why do so many bloggers begin with great enthusiasm only to abandon a few heartfelt posts to the sands of time?
Neuroskeptic, the neuroscience blogger, explains why those first weeks and months are so difficult:
The early days of any blog are psychologically tough because almost inevitably, your first posts are not going to get the recognition they deserve...That's because people tend to really pour their hearts into early posts - these are the ones that express thoughts you've been mulling over for ages and are finally writing about - and then inevitably, hardly anyone reads them...
The emergent blogger (I've been there more than once) is so happy to finally have a chance to say things from the heart, without a meddling editor, that it's easy to believe people will naturally turn up, eager to read and respond. As neuroskeptic points out, they don't. Not for a good while.
Perhaps new bloggers should take something from the advice I usually give to would-be authors: Make the book that comes from your heart your second one. Write another one first, for practice.
- Paul Raeburn