Does Blogging Make You Feel Obligated?

The question of the moment is do you feel obligated to produce new content on a regular basis? Some of my blogging pals have said that although they enjoy blogging it has come to a feel like work.

The reason for this is that they now feel that they have an obligation to respond to all of the comments and a responsibility to continue to produce new content for their readers.

What do you think?

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15 Comments

  1. Jack's Shack October 31, 2006 at 6:57 am

    WBM,

    Absolutely.

    Miriam,

    Makes sense to me.

  2. miriam October 30, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    Blogging might be a problem if I were striving for perfection. The way I work now, I just put down anything my little heart desires and leave it out there. I do like to use correct grammar and spelling, though.

    If I were writing for publication–I mean, as in a real book–I would take more pains.

  3. westbankmama October 29, 2006 at 12:12 pm

    Good question Jack. Answering comments is the polite thing to do – especially if you want more! Posting should be enjoyable and not work – people who feel “forced” into posting should take a small break – and see that the sky didn’t fall down!

  4. Jack's Shack October 29, 2006 at 7:07 am

    M,

    Time and energy are sometimes in short supply.

    Fern,

    It is a subjective call as to whether others are doing a better job than you.

    As long as I continue to enjoy blogging there will continue to be some output here.

    That is really how I make my decision. I have enough work without adding to it. When this stops being fun I’ll say goodbye.

  5. Fern R October 29, 2006 at 2:11 am

    I don’t feel obligated to post even though I post every day, but sometimes I wonder why I am blogging. It seems to me that there are a lot of other people blogging on the same topics, and probably quite a few of them are doing a better job of discussing those topics. So what is the point of me adding my two cents?

  6. The Misanthrope October 27, 2006 at 8:44 pm

    I try to blog when something is of interest to me. Fortunately, the newspapers are full of interesting stories, but then there is the matter of time and energy.

  7. Jack's Shack October 27, 2006 at 6:31 am

    JA,

    That is more or less how I handle things.

    Elster,

    I blog for myself, but I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t feel some sort of obligation to post.

    Miriam,

    Yep.

    Elie,

    Blogging is therapeutic, at least I think so.

    Val,

    You are polite, unlike your brother πŸ˜‰

    Ezzie,

    See, you are a businessman now.

    Chana,

    Absolutely.

    Sarah,

    It should be enjoyable, otherwise what is the point.

  8. ~ Sarah ~ October 27, 2006 at 5:54 am

    yes!
    but i enjoy coming up with new posts and photos so until i get bored of that, i’m happy to keep up my irregular schedule of posting πŸ™‚

  9. Chana October 27, 2006 at 4:23 am

    I’d like to think that my slim readership forgives me right now. πŸ˜›

  10. Ezzie October 26, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    A little bit – much like JA, if it’s been a few days. Because I now have ads, including one that’s not from BlogAds, I feel that I owe them at least some regularity in terms of posting.

    I try to respond to comments and e-mails, but (especially over weekends) I get backed up fairly quickly and can’t do it.

  11. Val October 26, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    I enjoy posting. And I like getting feedback. And I do respond to all commenters and e-mailers. I think it’s the polite thing to do and I’m nothing, if not polite! πŸ™‚

  12. Elie October 26, 2006 at 6:05 pm

    I feel bad when I don’t post for a few days (such as now!), but it’s mostly because posting gives me an genuine emotional lift, not that I feel obligated to anyone else.

  13. Anonymous October 26, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    Jewish blog guilt.

  14. Elster October 26, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    I like to post about once or twice a week, but no means feel obligated to do so. I try to respond to all comments because its nice – its nice to gte commentsso its nice to respond – of course, I dont get that much traffic so it’s easier.

    I respond to al emails because they tent to be about storytellers.

  15. Jewish Atheist October 26, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    I feel somewhat obligated to post if it’s been a few days without. I don’t respond to every comment, but I try to get back to all emails.

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