My friend Easton Ellsworth posted a neat article yesterday…When Is Blogging A Waste of Time? 10 Nasty Examples.
- When you publish a blog post that provides little or no value to your target audience.
- When your blog has no clear target audience.
- When you are only pretending to be “blogging” (you’re reading, you’re looking at email, you’re surfing YouTube, etc.).
- When you should be talking to individuals by phone or email or in person instead of producing blog content.
- When your blog posts are not indexed in major Web search engines and blog search engines.
- When you are mean.
- When you plagiarize.
- When you merely echo, rather than respond originally.
- When you overedit before publishing.
- When you blog before you think
Easton gets us off to a good start. I can certainly relate to #1 (I used to do that), #3 (I can get distracted looking for references), #9 (sometimes).
Here’s what a few others are saying…
- 5 Reasons Why Blogging Is A Waste of Time
- Is Blogging a Good Use of Time?
- 10 Reasons Why You Should Keep Blogging
What are some other ways that I/we waste time blogging? Repeat after me…Blogging is a waste of time…
- When I should be updating my client records (project management software, task lists, accounting)
- When I should be troubleshooting and debugging code
- When I should organizing my files
- When I should be cleaning my desktop – real and virtual
- When I spend too much time thinking about the post I want to write
- When I try to be perfect
- When I get too interested in my traffic stats
- When I do any kind of meme-linking that doesn’t add content value to my readers
- When I don’t answer my comments (luckily, I’m doing okay on this one)
- When I speaking to myself and not my readers
- When I should be doing my taxes (happened this year)
- When I should be with my family (does happen from time to time, though not often)
So there a bunch more to consider. How do you waste time blogging? Is it on these lists? Or do you have your own, special formula for wsating time blogging?