I have nothing to say. Part 1

This title is only partly in jest. It’s true that I have nothing to say. And a whole lot to say about it. Oddly, and against all intuition, this is a subject worth exploring.

As more and more of set up shop on the blog’o’web, more and more of us will come face to face with the Medusa of our craft: writer’s block. Tell me if this thought rings any bells:

bq. Well Peter, you really should post something on almost cool. It’s been, ohhh, a *really long time* since you had anything interesting to say. You did all that work building up an audience, are you really willing to turn your back on them?

Heads nodding? I can see at least a couple there in the back agreeing with me. It’s called blog remorse. It’s _extremely_ common. It’s a sure fire way to writer’s block.

Do a little research, and you’ll find 963,000 links on google for the phrase “writer’s block”. Clearly, I am not alone in this. Still, it’s odd that this subject is so absent from the sites I frequent.

In my case, I suspect that my blank mind is caused by my calendar cruelly pointing out the fact that the deadline for my Guide to Business Blogging is rather quickly approaching. I’ve received a fair bit of interest in it, and the pressure is mounting. Nothing like a deadline to kill the mood.

One goes to such lengths to build a site using strong content and quality prose. What strategy should one take when the quality runs a bit thin? It will. Always does. Should one take a step back, and if so for how long? Or should one keep on publishing, even if the quality lapses?

Many smart people would council to go with quality. I generally agree, but would argue that depending on a blog’s maturity, there can be a benefit to maintaining regularity _even at the expense of quality_ (please keep all constipation jokes to yourself).

For instance, in the case of protracted writer’s block I would recommend that one goes with what one’s got (assuming its not utter crap). I have a couple of reasons for this.

# it might just break the block
# most blogs are not read nearly as closely as they’re written. If you’re usually good, a sub-par post might not even register as not up to snuff
# as crazy as it sounds, not everyone is using newsreaders. If a visitor returns repeatedly without seeing an update, chances are high your site will be pulled from their undoubtedly burgeoning bookmark list.
# Google et al don’t know from quality

I am not condoning repeated doses of low quality content. That’s a recipe for falling respect and falling return on your time invested. If you are (*when* you are) stuck for something to say, you might want to turn to “Merlin”:http://www.43folders.com/2004/11/hack_your_way_o_1.html to guide your way.

On the plus side, be aware that some lower quality work might just make your good stuff really stand out!

Call off the search!

I’m back. Oh my sweet goodness it was nice to get away for a couple of days. An opportunity to head up to cottage country came up out of the blue and I jumped on it. Just me and a couple of buddies. No kids. Heck, no wives even!

Besides drinking an inordinate amount of beer, I managed to take a couple of photographs that I’d like to share.