Tuesday, January 25, 2011

"How Come You Blog So Much?"

When I first started blogging, I knew nothing about it. For some strange reason, I convinced myself that a blogger could only write one post a day. Two, at most, but even that was bad form. It was quite a struggle to keep everything I had to say to myself and only limit myself to one or two posts per day. Gradually, however, I came to realize that I had the perfect right to blog as much (or as little) as I wanted. I even conducted a little survey among the readers which told me that nobody wanted me to blog less. So I started writing as much as I wanted. That felt extremely liberating.

Today people keep asking me how I manage to produce 4-6 posts a day. The truth is that I write whenever something interesting occurs to me (which seems to happen quite often), and it doesn't take that much time at all. Normally, it takes between 5 and 10 minutes to write each post. The reviews, of course, take longer. When I'm planning classes or doing research, it really helps to switch to a different language and write a blog post. I find that it's the best way to move along whenever I get stuck on an idea or a difficult sentence. Besides, it's fun.

I will be writing a very complex article in Spanish in the next couple of months, so expect a lot more posts. :-)


Pagan Topologist said...

"Gradually, however, I came to realize that I had the perfect write to blog as much (or as little) as I wanted."

I am thinking this is a deliberate pun(?)

Clarissa said...

Freud rules! :-) Thank you for catching it!

This semester I'm not teaching anything in English, so we can expect me to lose half of my English. Oh well.

Pagan Topologist said...

Now, I am sad that the pun is unpunned!

Clarissa said...

There is no making some readers happy! :-) :-)


Anonymous said...

Folks have marveled at my output as well, but even writing a very long post takes me but 10-15 minutes.

For some of us, writing is as natural as breathing and even if the writing is not particularly inspired it's certainly not difficult to produce for me.


Lindsay said...

I have the opposite problem --- even my shortest, lightest-on-content posts take me most of a day to write!

My long essays, book reviews/literary criticism, or posts about autism research? At least several days, sometimes a week or two.

That's why people who read my blog through a newsfeed miss a lot of my posts (disproportionately the ones of substance, too! blargh) --- I don't always remember to update the timestamp on them, so they show up in the feed as being [x] days old! So people who follow lots of blogs won't see mine unless they scroll really far down. :(