How do bloggers and podcasters stay motivated?
Jan 22, 2008 17:53:07

Lately people have been taking note of the the ridiculous number of podcasts I've managed to complete over the past couple years and the question most frequently asked is: how'd you do that without burning out? I've had a half-dozen such questions over the past few weeks and I've done my best to answer them, some answers were better than others. Today while drafting another attempt at getting to the root of the matter I decided it might be best to post the Q & A here.

The Q:
>> I was looking for some advice. I'm thinking about
>> starting my own blog ... I would like to know how you
>> kept yourself motivated to keep posting on a
>> regular basis. I know it's tough at first and I'm
>> trying to find the motivation to keep it going.

The A:
>I'm honestly not sure how to answer that. I think
>one of the most important tricks is to stick to a
>schedule until it feels so much like part of your
>normal life that you can barely remember not doing
>it. The trick there is: how does one find the
>motivation to keep it going long enough to
>establish that? How long is that time period
>between 'something new' and 'something normal'?
>Depends, but I tend to think after 6 months you're
>in the clear.
>i wish I could put a finger on my tactic to keep
>at it. In my case, I planned everything out way in
>advance and I didn't start until I was really
>ready to commit to it. I saw many other bloggers
>and podcasters rise and fall, so I knew it wasn't
>going to be a cakewalk to avoid that fate, and
>ultimately everyone quits at some point, I guess.
>The trick is to go long enough that people wish
>you would quit. :)
>Having a goal is good too. With the podcast I
>said: I'd like to have 800 listeners. That took
>awhile. Then I said: I'd like to have 2000
>listeners. By the time I had 500, I was already
>committed because I could always say: "It's Sunday
>afternoon. 500 people are expecting a show by
>tomorrow morning. I can sit here and watch TV or
>I can go do something for 500 people." The choice
>is always clear. Even more so now with 5 to 6
>times as many people listening.
>One other thing that helped me move forward is the
>setting of a window of time within which I promise
>to keep trying. I looked at other gaming websites
>on the internet and noted that most of them took
>about 4 years to 'make it'. For the last two
>years I've been telling myself, this is going to
>take 4 to 5 years. Just see it through, keep at
>it. Sometimes I burst fast and work really hard
>at new stuff and improvements and sometimes I just
>hold steady. Both are ok. Rest is important, but
>stopping will not do. Every time a podcaster or
>blogger misses a scheduled show or post they're taking a
>tiny step toward completely quitting. Sometimes
>it only takes missing one week to completely break
>the chain. Stick to a schedule no matter what.
>And good luck.

Submitted by Brent on Jan 22, 2008 17:53:07 CST (comments: 4)


'Cool..' by Beauturkey
Submitted on 2008-01-23 15:12:56 CST
I think you hit it right on the head. Add it to your schedule. Humans love schedules. Hell, animals do too. The best way to train a dog is repetition and scheduling.
Some of the best artists I know (I have painted/drawn my entire life) told me the same thing: they draw everyday and usually round the same time.
Thanks for the advice Brent!
PS: As a drummer in bands for the last hmm..20 years or so (seriously!) I have been telling myself to just keep at it. I have traveled alot for it and met alot of great people, mostly all for free. And now I am in a band with a former member of a GREAT band. SO it applies to music too.

'Staying motivated...' by Fear
Submitted on 2008-02-06 15:15:09 CST
I think the key is giving a damn about what you are talking about and wanting to see something done about it. Helping others see the light or even pointing Developers in the right direction (if possible) is a good cause.

You can get popular faster. I only did a few shows before I got ahold of Raph Koster and talked him into doing a cast with us about UO back in the day. My site went from 8,000 hits in 4 years to 40,000 in 24 hours. After that it was pretty much gravy. Of course I didn't have all of the stuff you guys have available to you today, but it was still fun and well worth the effort.

For me, all of the eggs were in one basket. Our basket was toppled by the EA, and I was never able to shake the UO stigmata. Had I been more diverse in the begining, I may still be doing shows today.

Anyway, that's my 2GP...

Fear of BV

'I write for myself, not other people.' by CowNoseThe50PoundCat
Submitted on 2008-02-20 09:40:02 CST
This is easy, because I have a diary-style blog. When I started my blog, I told myself that I would write it for ME and not other people (I think I saw something like this on Cuppycake's blog, she has a great "so you wanna blog?" blog.)

If no one ever read my blog, I would still write it, because it is more of a diary and a very visual look back on the MMOs I have played over the years! (Just hit my 2nd year of blogging, woot!) It's great to just click back on some old entries and look at the screenshots and the memories.

I also consistently write a blog once a week, or at least 4 a month. I could never write one every day, I just don't have that much content, but my schedule works for me and I have been sticking to it.

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