The Slow Blog

Breathe, relax, breathe, let it come through.

Breathe, relax, breathe, let it come through. (Photo credit: honor the gift)

I received a terrific and helpful link this morning to an article by Anne R. Allen. In the article she talks about the Slow Blog Manifesto and what it means, as well as what it can do for the writer in general. I’ve fallen in love. I admit it.

For the first time in three years, I’m getting the kind of advice that makes sense to me as a writer of something other than blogs. Anne enumerated the eight Slow Blog Manifesto rules for long-term success as follows:

1) A slow blog has a longer life-span.

2) You reach more people by commenting on other people’s blogs than by madly posting on a blog nobody reads.

3) Busy people are less likely to subscribe/follow a blog that’s going to clutter their email inbox/rss feed every day. 

4) Everybody has bad days. When you have to think of something to say on the day you got that nasty/clueless review/rejection, your emotions are going to leak out.

5) Nobody can come up with that many interesting posts. When you slow blog, and you don’t have anything to say, you don’t have to say it.

6) Writing nonfiction—which is what you should be writing on your blog—uses a different part of your brain from fiction.

7) You write narrative–remember? The blog is supposed to be about getting your name out there as a creative writer. It’s an aid to your serious writing, not a substitute for it.

8) Trying to blog every day is impossible to keep up, so you’ll constantly feel guilty. 

With these rules to go by, I no longer have to feel guilty for not having new material here each day, or on any other of my sites. I can take pride in having one good piece a week that readers can take away and think about and, perhaps, utilize in their own daily activities or thoughts. And readers don’t have be slammed with announcements, notifications, and guilt for not looking in on my blogs each day.

Suddenly numbers of hits makes more sense to me. If I begin living my blogging life by these eight rules, I have more time to work on large projects, give more quality content to my readers, and still feel as if I’ve accomplished something during the week. That’s a big deal around here.

So, for those of my readers who feel pressured to read here each day or even every other day, rest assured that as the month progresses, your labor here is be lessened and, hopefully, you’ll have some terrific things to take away when you do come by. Perhaps you’ll see an interview with an editor you’ve yet to know, or an indie publisher that you might need in future.

And if you’d really like to look at the original Slow Blog Manifesto, you’ll learn all of the reasoning and the projected benefits to such a course of action.

I’ll see you all in a couple of days. I can’t let go quite that fast. I still have things to do this month.

Please take a moment, as well, to pop over to my new collaborative site—Two Voices, One Song—to view a new post behind the Red Door and one in the Home Theater. I think you’ll enjoy both of them.

Until your next visit, a bientot,


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  1. June 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Great advice. Thank you!

    • claudsy
      June 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm

      You’re welcome. I’m going to take it seriously. Otherwise, I’ll be forever trying to catch up and never progress past the running stage. Glad you liked it.

  2. June 7, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I’ve never heard of the slow blog manifesto but I’m loving it!

    • claudsy
      June 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

      I’d not heard of it either until a writer friend sent me the link this morning. I loved it and couldn’t wait to pass it on.

      There is hope out there. There is!

  3. claudsy
    June 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Isn’t if funny the kinds of things that excite us to the point of having to share it with the world? A simple thought “You don’t have to blog every day to keep readers and get more.” becomes a beacon in the night, showing you the way to sanity and salvation from more medication.

  4. Veronica Roth
    June 7, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    Good advice Claudsy. I’ve been doing just that. Blogging ever few days, or when I have something interesting to say. Having said that, I’m addicted to your blog so will miss daily posts. Also, I love that you answer back. So many people don’t and then I think what’s the point, you know, putting in the effort to communicate and then wonder if they ever even read it.

  5. claudsy
    June 7, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Aw, thank you, Veronica. I’ll be keeping Claudsy’s Blog for quite a while but with three/four other blogs and my regular writing, I just can’t keep doing these 14/16 hr. days. To be honest, I’m far more loyal to this blog, since it was the first, than I am to the others.

    I have so many projects that I need to finish and get packaged for submission. Otherwise, what’s the point.

    I enjoy interacting with the readers. I like knowing what they think on a given subject or how they use a given technique. I try to always answer as quickly as I can on any comment I get. I just wish that comments that come in as other languages were more easily translated and would post as they should. But that’s as much a tech problem as it is my inability to get them translated so that they make sense.

    I’m glad you like coming here and that I have something worthwhile to contribute to a growing discussion.

    Thanks again for your support, Veronica. It really does mean a lot.

  6. June 8, 2012 at 8:17 am

    Funny how we bloggers often overlook the obvious. Sometimes we need a gentle reminder of what’s what, so thanks for that. 🙂

    • claudsy
      June 8, 2012 at 10:05 am

      You’re very welcome, my friend. I need to remind myself as much as doing anything else.

  7. June 8, 2012 at 9:54 am

    I’ve often wondered how you do so much, every day. You’re a machine! 😉 I like the slow blog philosophy. Very interesting!

    • claudsy
      June 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

      I wish I felt like a very efficient machine, Carrie. This application of sanity may end up being my only saving grace.

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