Reasons Why I Suck at Blogging

I call myself “The Blogging Dad”. Unfortunately, I don’t even know if I’m qualified to call myself a blogger yet, but I’m getting there. I’m definitely a dad, so at least I live up to my name a little. The blogging part is coming around slowly. I definitely have an interest and I definitely have knowledge, since I have guided a few others on their blogging journeys, but actually doing it seems to be where I’m failing. After reading this post, you will  see a trend and realize I’m a HUGE procrastinator. “Never more productive than the last minute” was my high school yearbook quote. The problem is there is no real deadline with a personal blog, so I never get to the last minute. So here are the reasons I suck at blogging.

  1. I started this blog to keep a journal of my wife’s pregnancy with twins, but only posted once about it.
  2. When I want to write about a topic, I put the title in a draft post and then never touch it again.
  3. I have more drafts than posts.
  4. I have started 6 blogs in 2 years and have no more than 12 posts, total.
  5. I help other people with blog tips and making money online, but not myself.
  6. I bought the 31 Days to Build a Better Blog workbook over 6 months ago and haven’t got past the first day.
  7. I have been a web designer for over 10 years, but all my blogs except one use the default theme.
  8. I started following my first “making money online” blogs by Zac Johnson and John Chow over 2 years ago and have barely made any money because I just read and don’t do.
  9. I got Darren Rowse‘s book, ProBlogger: Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income and Joel Comm‘s book, The AdSense Code: What Google Never Told You About Making Money with AdSense for Christmas in 2008, but never implemented any tips from the books. I’m shocked that I even read them.
  10. I have had a Google AdSense account for more than three years and I have only made a little over $20.
  11. I bought 18 domains for possible blogs over a year ago and have done nothing with them.
  12. I actually have Twitter followers and subscribers to this blog, but I barely post on it to keep them interested.
  13. I started this post’s draft back in October of 2009 and am now attempting to complete it in March 2010.

I’m sure I could keep going with this list, but I love the number “13″ and want to end it there. Really, I just want to be able to actually hit the “Publish” button instead of “Save Draft” for once. Do YOU have any reasons of your own as to why YOU suck at blogging? There has to be others out there who slack like me… right?

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  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Wow, does this list sound familiar. I’ll let you give me tips on the the money making parts. I have the blogging part down pat, albeit lame, because of my comment addiction. Monetizing has been my weakest link.

  • http://fatnutritionwriter.blogspot.com The Fat Nutrition Writer

    Hi Blogging Dad! We follow each other on Twitter. I’m @healthyolga. I am taking a Mediabistro class in Blogging right now, which is how I got the guts to start my own blog. Your tweet about the reasons you suck at blogging caught my eye because I can definitely relate! Unless you’re on top of it all the time, it seems like all your best intentions can so easily fall to the side because there are no deadlines when you’re doing your own thing. That’s something I’ve been struggling with too, especially when the work that does provide me income has to take priority over the work I do for fun. Keep me posted on your developments and any tips you come up with for beating the procrastination bug. Maybe we can check in with each other periodically to see how the other is doing and send little reminders to post something if we notice our blogs haven’t had a fresh post in a while!

    • http://www.thebloggingdad.com The Blogging Dad

      Hey, glad we follow each other! I could offer you one tip right now. I follow ProcrastWriter on Twitter. She has some pretty interesting tips (when I get time to read them). Her actual blog is at http://procrastinatingwritersblog.com/. Between her posts and the comments, there’s tons of good tidbits. We should check-in with each other periodically, but I’ll tell you now… I suck with the fresh posts! :-D

  • http://ironicmom.com/ Ironic Mom

    You’ve likely heard the saying, “People make time for what they value.” And good for you, for valuing other things (parenting?) more than posting entries or monetizing your blog.

    Of course, as a mom of 5-year-old twins, sometimes it’s easier to blog than parent. Not sure I want to examine what that says about me…

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    Man, seriously, where did this guy go?!

    I commented on your last post…the one about your crib sheets. And then you disappeared.

    Here’s the whatfor though. If you aren’t passionate about it, you wont do it. And if you don’t care, that will come through. Write when you’re passionate, and people will read… otherwise you’re just blowing air.

    … people like me will still read it though. Cause we have nothing better to do. Ha!

    • http://www.thebloggingdad.com The Blogging Dad

      Hey Mandy! I tend to disappear a lot. Don’t take it personally. Sometimes I’m on a roll and keep up with my social media, other times, not so much. As you can see I have a problem, so I should add not replying to comments as another reason I suck at blogging. Talk to you soon (maybe)! :-D

  • Sexandthesingledad

    Yeah.  This post makes total sense to me.  Please note that I am using my name when I comment.  It;s the way commenting should be done, ya know?

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