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Getting Tired Of All The Blah Blah In Blogging

Here I sit on a hot Saturday afternoon in Thailand, going between thinking of what to write about and reading the most recent addition to my reading list. I haven't written anything here for a few weeks, and there's a few reasons for that. I've been super busy with client work – wrapping up a few projects and starting a few more. Also, we'll be returning to the United States this coming week, and already the agenda is full of client and partner meetings.

I've been reflecting on our almost 2 years here in Thailand, and what it means to me. I've been thinking a lot about what I'll do once we're back in the US. Needless to say, the plans are big. And that brings me to the real reason I haven't been blogging the past few weeks – I'm tired of all the blah blah in blogging.

What I mean are the mountain of posts coming at us all daily that shine a little light on a tactic or two. I also include all the list posts and other bite-sized bits of information that, while they may keep our attention for a little bit, leave us starving for the bigger picture and how it fits in.

If you believe what we're told, it would appear that a majority of us are seriously ADD with a healthy dose of sheepitis. Anything that takes longer than a few minutes to read or watch is a no-no.

Seriously, have we been devolving over time? Has technology and the flood of information actually made us dumber, slower thinking individuals?

I like to think not. I think that perhaps we entrepreneurs need to try harder to have actual conversations with our current and potential customers that create value for both sides. I think that we don't need thousands of companies tracking our every move online and running analyses to attempt to figure out what we want when a simple conversation is so much faster. I think that marketing, of which blogging and content is a part, needs to evolve, and do it lickety split.

And I take that seriously, so seriously that I would rather not write a post than to give you only a tiny bit of the picture. Will it keep you coming back? For a short time. But eventually you'll get tired of the cat and mouse and move on.

How will that really help our relationship? I want you to stay.

So I haven't written much. And my commitment to you, the person whom I write for, is that when you come to the Dempsey Marketing blog you'll get a full course of  awesome that you can use in your business.

That's the bottom line for me with blogging. What's yours?

Comments

  1. I agree with you, Robert. Unfortunately, it seems like the blogging world has fallen into ruts — everyone has similar posts. Seems like we all need an injection of creativity and drive! 

  2. Interesting point Robert. Actually technology is making us dumber just like cars and motorbikes make us less fit. In places where people use bikes they’re usually fitter and without going to a gym. How many of us are still able to calculate something using our mind instead of a machine? Or might be that I’m the only one affected in this way, but luckily I’m still able to make some counts most of the times.
     
    Also technology makes us always frenzy and pretty much impatients.
     
    As for blogging it probably all comes down to the myth that if you post every day Google loves you more while in reality the best ways to be loved by Google are using AdWords and Google+. If Google+ still exists, I just don’t know.
     
    Also given that there is only a certain amount of things which can be written about a certain subject before beginning to repeat the same stuff better stick to writing only when there is something really interesting to say. And this without taking into account the time which can be used to do more things in real life, the life we should be living.
     
    Also because if someone has written 100 good posts but the blog hasn’t became profitable then probably blogging in itself as a business is not that good or the niche is wrong. Or gurus should state, before selling their courses and ebooks, that before a blog becomes a profitable business there need to be at least 200 good posts which takes years to have most of the times.
     
    Imho. 🙂

    •  @Andrea T.H.W. if you haven’t picked up a copy yet I highly recommend “The Shallows” by Nick Carr. It’s an excellent read, and provides a ton of evidence that technology isn’t necessarily making us dumber, however it does fundamentally change the way our brains work.
       
      Based on your comment, the book is right up your alley.
       
      As for gurus – do they even exist anymore? I guess I just don’t pay as much attention to those types as before.

  3. Also Robert,
    What is your feelings about effectiveness of Blog Engage?

    •  @ChuckBartok for me it’s an outlet to connect with fellow bloggers. Brian is a really great guy. However my ideal customers aren’t there, but I feel it’s a good place for me to be.

  4. I wanted to thank you for your insights stated in earlier posts about communication. Since following you I have changed my “blogging style”  to be more in lines with my daily routine of Talking with people. The bulk of that conversation is in the form of questions from me.Finding that asking more questions in a blog post has been much more productive.Looking forward to spending more “Live phone” time when come back to States.By the way, the new comment system, “livefyre” , does not allow “auto” spell mistakes changed.Whatever was wrong with CommnetLuv? Seems to be very effective for me.
    Thanks again for your support and friendship

    •  @ChuckBartok I look forward to some phone time with you as well Chuck. We’ll be back this coming week. Let’s catch up after the 4th holiday.
       
      To your point on talking with people via your blog, I’m very happy to hear that it’s working well for you. People want to be talked with, not at. We all have enough of that going on every day – we don’t need more of it.
       
      As for LiveFyre, I moved back to it because I like the realt-time comment updates and moderation it provides. I found that once I removed CommentLuv my comments went down (not a measure of success I use) which shows me that, to a certain extent, it was great for attracting people looking for links back to their site.
       
      I prefer the conversation, which to me is the entire reason for comments existing on a blog.

      •  @RobertDempsey I also look forward to our being able to chat…after the 4th
        Good point about CommnetLuv.
        I do get a few comments that are somewhat self-serving….But also have met some new friends

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