The Blahgs

by Greg on March 15, 2010

Blahgs (noun) – the feeling you get when you lack the desire to keep on blogging.

Usage: “I know I’ve been doing this for three years, but now I feel like I’m out of ideas and just don’t see the point. I’ve got the blahgs real bad.”

The blahgs affect a lot of people. If they hit you, take a step back and ask yourself what’s changed (assuming, of course, that at one point you were inspired!). See if you’ve drifted off focus, put yourself on a different schedule, or made any other change to what had been working for you.
To get rid of the blahgs, see if you can invent a new regular feature based on what you already do at your blog. Look for community events to join. Look at old posts that worked for you or try expanding on old ideas. Ask a friend to guest post… or guest post elsewhere.
Quite often, though, if you just go back to the basics – remembering why you’re blogging and who you’re trying to reach – the blahgs will pass pretty quickly.
Whatever the reason, the key is to address it… or your blog may turn into a blahg. And that is a sad, sad thing.

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Keely March 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

That was a perfectly timed reminder.
Thanks, I have now updated and reinvigorated my blog.
It’s funny when you stop blogging for a while
you forget how fast and fun it is to post!


Greg Pincus March 18, 2010 at 10:30 am

Sometimes time off really is the pause that refreshes. I know for me it always comes back to remembering what I used to enjoy and why I’m doing any of this in the first place. Then it becomes fun again (and occasionally, though not always, fast!).
.-= Greg PincusĀ“s last blog ..One Way to Make Fans =-.


Jim March 18, 2010 at 8:17 am

The title of this post caught my eye, and I had to blog about it,

Finding the right focus is something I’m currently working on with my blog. I expect I’ll be asking myself the focus question for a long time and by posting regularly I’ll discover the answer.


Greg Pincus March 18, 2010 at 10:16 am

The focus thing is pretty key. Sometimes you know, and sometimes you discover it… and sometimes it changes anyway! But knowing why you’re doing it and knowing broadly what you’re hoping to accomplish really is a great way to help keep yourself on track AND find the right posting material.

That and hacking people’s Macs šŸ™‚
.-= Greg PincusĀ“s last blog ..One Way to Make Fans =-.


Stephanie Walker March 18, 2010 at 10:06 am

I can totally relate to the blahgs. It’s what I experienced at the end of 2009 in regards to my blog “Love in the Time of Foreclosure” and what led me towards putting that blog to rest. The blog became a burden and I wasn’t sure why. I was the one who started it, after all.

I decided to re-evaluate why I was still blogging about our experiences in facing foreclosure and realized that I didn’t have a good answer. In fact, I’d moved on. So I said goodbye to my blog. And took a month off to decide whether or not to start a new one. Which I did. Because I just can’t help myself.
.-= Stephanie WalkerĀ“s last blog ..a tale of two boobs =-.


deborah freedman March 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm

The title of this post is irresistible!

I haven’t actually been blogging long enough to have the blahgs; that and I decided that I would only post once a week to avoid burning out too soon. But sometimes even once a week feels like a lot! How frequently do you think it’s necessary to post to keep readers coming? For how long can bloggers feeling blahgy take a break?


Greg Pincus March 21, 2010 at 10:09 am

Consistent posting is more important than, say, posting seven days a week, and there are many blogs that have been around for a long time and done just fine posting one or two times a week. There’s no magic formula, though in general, if you post more, you’ll build up a bigger audience and keep them coming back. We live in a short attention span world, unfortunately, and beyond that, there are sooooo many wonderful blogs to pull at our attention. It makes it hard to keep readers coming no matter what, so the key is that if you’re posting once a week, you better deliver exactly what it is your readers want! (And of course, you have to figure that out first). As for breaks… no formula again. Ultimately, we’re each in charge of our blog, and if we NEED a break, we have to take it. If readers leave, well, we have to deal. But if we’re not blogging well or offering up something of value or interest to our readers, they’re likely to leave anyway….
.-= Greg PincusĀ“s last blog ..Weekend Linkage =-.


Carol Grannick March 19, 2010 at 4:21 am

Your post, as usual, came at just the right time for me. It got me thinking about what I was beginning to feel, which was of course resulting in fewer posts on my blog – and on Twitter, for that matter. I could certainly always say that other work was simply taking up my time. Which could always be true…But yesterday I realized it was more: I was thinking too hard, and in “thinking hard” can come some quiet-but-not-impact-free negative thoughts, thoughts not even perceivable yet. But still, thoughts that effectively begin shutting the pathways to problem-solving, creative and new ideas…In my case, topics for posts. So I gave myself permission to stop thinking, because I know from my brief experience with blogging that “topics” come into my mind all the time when I’m relaxed – walking, driving, working on my revision, doing the dishes – whatever. And each post doesn’t have to be an earth-shattering insight. Bam! I relaxed, my mind opened, and I posted quickly but happily. Thanks as always for somehow being in touch with just the right issues!
.-= Carol GrannickĀ“s last blog ..Comment on Revision Decision: Taking Time by Carol Grannick =-.


Greg Pincus March 21, 2010 at 10:21 am

I think so much good can come from giving ourselves “permission” – in fact, permission to write a crappy first draft is the only way I get them done! You have such a clear focus on your blog that it makes sense to me that what was holding you back/frustrating you was that over-thinking effect. I know that some of my best and favorite posts have come from just letting myself go… and watching as the content conforms to my themes naturally.
.-= Greg PincusĀ“s last blog ..Weekend Linkage =-.


Stina March 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm

Apparently I have ESP. While showering this morning, I decided to add a regular feature to my blog. Ten hours later, I read this and discover I’m doing the right thing.

Now if only I could read my husband’s mind. šŸ™‚
.-= StinaĀ“s last blog ..Great News for Contest Junkies =-.


Greg Pincus March 21, 2010 at 10:22 am

He’d like a vacation. And more chocolate.
.-= Greg PincusĀ“s last blog ..Weekend Linkage =-.


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