Ode to the Slow Blogger
By: Jennine Jacob

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For the last couple of months I’ve been reading several apologies from bloggers
who didn’t have the time to write a post everyday… It is a very common thing, i have noticed, but I would like with this post to send a message to all my fellow bloggers that feel the stress and the pressure to publish once daily and if they don’t, they think they’re failing in some way… not at all!

My point is, although there are very gifted people that have the capability, energy and wit to write very insightful posts on a daily basis, such people as Susanna Lau from Style Bubble or Diane Pernet from A Shaded View on Fashion, this is not the norm. It is an extra-ordinary thing that can’t make you feel bad, stressed or inferior if your pace needs to be slower.

Leisurely rhythm gives you perspective to think an idea over and to develop your own creativity.

It’s important to digest a thought instead of just giving it away half digested. Big thinkers take time to process and develop and idea, and even the fashion blogger Queen par excelance, Cathy Horyn, doesn’t give away a daily post… she takes her own time to write and to think what she wants to say, so don’t feel bad.

Fast food is unhealthy for a reason…

I personally like, and love for this matter, fashion bloggers that take their time to live before talking about it in their blogs. I like bloggers who experience and “cook” an idea or an opinion before bringing it to their blog. I like bloggers whose real life goes before their virtual one because the latter can lead you to copy-and-paste other people’s ideas; you need time to live your own feelings and experiences before hand.

This is the reason why i find amusing and inspiring to wait for new posts on blogs like Suzanna Mars’ Style Sauvage, Mike Huynh’s Cultures in Between or Search & Destroy because I know that while i wait, they’re living and thinking of great things to tell me a bit later…

Good magazines, the good ones I mean, like self service, purple, the purple journal or fantastic man, are quaterly or biannual; only crap magazines are weekly, and some monthly. It might be a reason for that. Information needs to be processed before being exposed.

So next time you’ve been absent from your blog for days or even weeks, don’t apologize; we know you’re living.

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Comments

  1. Trish says:

    I love this post! So true!

  2. punky says:

    I have a mini nervous break down if I dont post every day.

  3. Jennine says:

    hahah me too… but then again, i try to have a half baked idea every other day. ;)

  4. grechen says:

    lol punky, i do too! but i find that i write better posts if i am inspired, which happens in fits and starts, so i just go with the flow. which usually means i write four or five posts in one day, nothing the next. i’ve actually been reading lots of articles about the business of blogging and have found some great suggestions, particularly at this blog: http://www.skelliewag.org/how-to-develop-an-efficient-post-frequency-532.htm – this is a good post on post frequency…but i also love her post on “long” posts lol: http://www.skelliewag.org/number-adjective-contents-what-happens-when-a-formula-dies-543.htm#more-543

  5. Jennine says:

    gretchen, those are great posts by skellie… she’s such a blog wiz…

  6. lisa says:

    I love this post…it’s just so true. I started contributing to a team-run fashion blog and cut back posting on my personal blog to 3-5 times a week. I want to produce quality content, and if it takes me time to develop an idea, and if it means I have to post less overall to produce well-written material with variety, then so be it. I’ve been letting one idea percolate in my head for about 2 months now…hopefully it will see the light of day next month.

  7. Sandra says:

    I too have cut back and I feel all the much better for it – and you know what? The sky didn’t fall, my traffic didn’t completely halt and I am much, much saner!

  8. Dahlia says:

    Great post! I’m relieved to know some people appreciate slow updaters like myself. I really want to write meaningful posts instead of “what did I do today” and that every day can’t always be a fantastic groundbreaking post day.

    Pace yourselves!

  9. Fashionista says:

    Thanks for the great post! Actually thats whats been happening to me due to exams and essays I have to write for uni, so I haven’t been able to blog for (it seems like forever) nearly a month!
    And i’ve JUST written a apoligetic response on mine so I know how stressful it gets needing (or feeling like you have to) blog nearly every day of the week with a new post or something!
    Pace, destress and take a walk in the park! Live life outside of cyberspace, and also health benefits of getting outta the house is there too! haha :)

  10. Imelda Matt says:

    I’ve gotta say that I took an extended break (5 or 6 days) because I was exhausted and felt like I couldn’t channel the Despotic Queen. But then I started feeling guilty and riddled with anxiety about stats etc it took me about a week to bounce back.

  11. MizzJ says:

    So true, thanks for this! Often we bloggers get caught in the blogging as it happens frenzy and I’ve certainly felt the pressure to produce continuous content. It’s a good reminder tha quality beats quantity, even when it comes to chocolate.

  12. Suzanna Mars says:

    J., thanks for the shout out! You are always one of my favorite bloggers, even if I don’t get around much anymore.

    xx
    Suzanna

  13. Krissy says:

    I am guilty of this (apologizing for not being able to update my blog as much as I would want to) and this post is very nice, thank you! Now excuse me while I live, and think of what I would post.. Ü

  14. Avatar of Amanda Machell

    Such a great article & so true! Some days are filled with less inspiration & creativity than others. This is why I’ve created a brainstorm file on my phone. When great post ideas randomly pop into my head & I’m not close to my PC I save them for days when I’m not felling so creative.

    Peace&Love!
    -AM

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