What keeps people away from blogging?


I was looking recently to our OPML list and I noticed that many people I know haven’t started a blog. Or at least… not yet.

Which got me thinking: what are the most common reasons people don’t start a blog? Is it too intimidating? Or it would be too time consuming? Or, maybe because it’s something that looks too new, and most people are waiting for this blog fashion to go away before they really start a blog… I don’t know, but I would love to see your comments.

At least in my case, my feeling was very similar with the one before jumping in the cold water. Not necessarily a bad move, but a hard to describe, restraining sensation that keeps you in not doing anything. Now I feel sorry that I haven’t started my blog earlier… 🙂

P.S. So, if you read this and don’t have a blog yet, jump in.

Comments (10)

  1. Anonymous says:

    I can only speak for myself. I found two things initially kept me away:

    1) It is time consuming. It takes time to write a good post.

    2) I didn’t know if people would find what I had to say interesting.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Caveat: Bad blogging is a lot worse than no blogging.

    For an example, see the Microsoft IEBlog.

    By all means blog. Just remember that blogging occasionally and insightfully is far better than a daily brainfart.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I actually do have a blog, but I don’t post to it very much… the main reason is that even when I think I have something interesting to say, it takes a couple of hours for me to write it out, proof read it, scrap that draft and write it out again.

    I guess I’m just too much of a perfectionist…

  4. Anonymous says:

    A lot of blogs have a lot of useless information you have to wade through to get to something that is interesting and relevant. Take the blogs on MSDN as an example. I don’t care that someone is off for a week or is back after going to Hawaii, the rss reader takes care of telling me when someone has posted something or not. Seriously, if you could calculate the amount of useful posts in a blog it would be a fairly low percentage.

    I think the more interesting question is not why do people not have a blog but why do people have a blog. Many folks here especially just have one because everyone else at MS is doing it. Not everyone needs to have a blog just because it is the cool thing to do right now. Next thing will be why don’t you have a podcasts and when that goes away it will be something else.

  5. Anonymous says:

    There are three huge barriers to blogging that I’m aware of:

    #1: It’s hard. Steve touched on this earlier, but it’s not easy being able to come up with technical content on a regular basis. I made a commitment to myself when I started to come up with technical content every day I’m at work, and I’ve done a pretty good job of it (I’ve missed one work day in 9 months (unfortunately it was last week, so…)). A blog is pointless unless it’s cared for – that means that you need to be able to generate relevant content on a regular basis – maybe not every day, but certainly every week or so.

    Otherwise people will stop reading your content, and that defeats the point of the blog. Fundimentally, a blog is about the content in the blog, IMHO, the way to guarantee readers is to consistantly produce content (high quality content is better than low quality content).

    #2: Most software people don’t like technical writing. And that’s what a blog is.

    #3: It’s SCARY writing a blog, especially one on blogs.msdn.com – you’re writing as a Microsoft employee. And anything you say can come back and bite the company on the behind. That can be totally nervewracking. I remember my first slashdotting (it was on my 2nd or 3rd post – neowin.com picked it up), it wasn’t fun, I was terrified HR would come by at any moment to kick me off campus.

    I disagree with mike above, btw – I think the personal bits are fascinating. I love reading Raymond’s posts about Knitting, or Michael Kaplan’s posts about Limonetta. It helps me understand what the person behind the blog is like.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Larry is excellent as usual, although I disagree that content needs to be updated THAT frequently.

    RSS readers largely take care of this problem.

  7. Anonymous says:

    All fair comments. Personally I would say is that people simply do not have the time to blog – I know I try my best, but I don’t always have time (and sitting in front of a PC all day that is a little worrying!)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Yes, the lack of time is a problem in my case too. In many cases I start writing a blog entry, just to abandon it because I don’t have time to bring it to finish it…

  9. Anonymous says:

    readers largely take care of this problem