How To Achieve Ultimate Blog Success In One Easy Step

Always Be Jabbing. Always Be Shipping. Always Be Firing. It's the same advice, stated in different ways for different audiences.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original blog entry at:

Writing six pieces a week is a lot…
How much time do you think you spend on each post on average?

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I come for the porn, I stay for the zombies.

Well done Jeff, you big fat show-off! :stuck_out_tongue:

I’ve only recently discovered your blog but really enjoy reading it. I think the problem with most people is the time commitment. Time between blog posts on my blog is usually measured in months.

Of course, actually having readers might be encouragement enough so I guess it’s a matter of bootstrapping.

Actually, I’d been meaning to ask you a question: I haven’t yet seen comment spam on your blog and wondered what system you currently use? (I’ve already searched for spam in your archives and just wondered if there’s been some update).

I try to blog on a regular basis, but wonder whether I could ever keep up with the ambitious schedule of 6 posts per week. Heck, I consider it a good week if I’ve blogged once during that time!

Did you find that you initially struggled with coming up with topics for your blog posts, and if so, how did you overcome this?

Jeff, based on my own informal survey of top-tier bloggers, it seems the most important step might actually be “start in 2004”.

I’m not claiming success yet but I did pick up on your advice of committing to a regular schedule a while back in something else you wrote.

Like I say, fame and glory are still not quite here (I’m expecting it any moment) but if nothing else it improves the writing ‘muscle’. That is I think the more that you write the more you can write.

Most of my problems just coming up with topics to blog about. My blog is lucky to see 1 post every 3 months. Where do you find you “inspiration” for each post’s topic?

Sorry Jeff, but you are kidding yourself - you are like one of those rock or sports stars that tell kids that “hard work” and “self-belief” got them where they are. It is a crock - you achieved it because you were talented, and no amount of hard work could have made up for it if you weren’t. Just like I realise (now!) that I was never going to be Bruce Springsteen, however many hours of my misspent youth I devoted to that - and believe me, it was many, many more hours than you’ve spent writing this blog!

The hardest thing I’m facing right now, is finding topics worth blogging about. I do a lot of programming every day, and solve some problems I find interesting during the spur of the moment, but not interesting enough to devote a blog post to it.

Writer’s block… Yikes!

Jeff, as I read your post I started to get ‘that itch’ - that euphoric “I have to do this now” feeling. If this were a blog post, I would have to insert a pic of Rocky Balboa doing one of his old school, extremely cheesy workout routines to the tune of Eye of the Tiger. No one here can tell me they don’t know what I’m talkng about.

But your post was anything but cheesy. Like most of your posts, the signal to noise ratio is incredibly high. That’s not the norm. That’s why I’m here, and why I keep coming back. I don’t have time to read 20,000 posts a month like Scoble. I have a job, a family and life that needs to be shared with the real world.

A few here have mentioned your ‘motivational’ tone in this post. I pulled out my 2007 List Of Must Do’s and “Start a #!!! Blog” is still on there for the second year in a row. I WILL start my #!!! Blog this year and dedicate the first post to you. (I’ll be sure to mention the dedication is unsolicited and does not reflect any implied endorsemeny by CO. I could just be more ‘noise’ after all…)

Thank you sir.

Hi Jeff,
I recently started reading your blog and started to learn so much through the materials and links, especially the reading suggestions. This blog in particular is what I was expecting to read from you; How you find time to write so many different things almost every day.

@foobar :smiley: !!!

Btw, I also enjoy this blog. Quality, man. Quality.

Is that like Always Be Closing, too? :wink:

I’m glad you made that new years resolution, too. It’s a great blog!

I found this post to be a conincidence because I decided I wanted to start my own blog a few months ago. This site played a large part in my decision to start one. I’m currently working on creating the site and it should be done soon. A lot of what I am going to write about is alternate methods of web design using newer technologies like Ajax, JavaScript, etc. I also involve myself in a lot of other non-programming related pc projects that I would like to write about. I’ve always wanted to write but I always assumed you had to be associated with a large, heavy traffic site to be heard. Jeff your site showed me that you don’t have to be one of the big guys to have an impact on our profession and programmers in general. Keep up the good work.

I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and have often thought about starting my own blog but didn’t think I could find anything to write about or thought I should use the blog as an excuse to learn something new. After reading this post I’m starting my own blog with a modest schedule of twice a week. We’ll see how it goes but after just sitting down for an hour I’ve got about 5 topics lined up I want to write about. This is alot more fun than I thought it would be so far.


Dude, while I’m with Syd in that you have raw talent and a care-free opinionated writing style, with flashy toys and free books thrown in - that hooks me in… I still like the motivational tact of this post and I keep meaning to resurrect my blog, I just can’t stand blogware at the moment, I’d rather Twitter.

What boggles my mind is that you make any money from those little ads. :slight_smile: Awesome.

Meta-blogging is like masturbating?


Feels good, but nobody wants to see you do it?

I think one of the more difficult things about starting a blog is finding a good name for it.