Student Branding Blog: Blogging? Be Encouraged

June 15, 2010 13 Comments

My most recent post at The Student Branding Blog is entitled Blogging? Be Encouraged.  You might have noticed that I have hit a “drought” in my blogging here. There was a period of time when I blogged very regularly – a few months I blogged daily. I had the time, the motivation, and the material so it was not as much effort as it might have appeared to be. For the last two months I have been lacking one or all of those things and my productivity has dropped off substantially.

But I am not discouraged. Blogging is a process, and in my experience, all processes exhibit variation and cycles. I was not sure when this drought would hit, but I was pretty sure it was just a matter of time. I’m also very sure that it’s only a matter of time before I return to a more productive cycle.

Much to my surprise, blogging has been one of the best things I’ve done for both my professional and personal life in the last decade. I firmly believe that everyone can benefit by blogging. Once you start blogging, you too will experience cycles in your productivity, but the only way to lose is to quit.

I for one have no intention of quitting. So if you are a blogger – be encouraged! If you are not yet a blogger, what are you waiting for?

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  1. Bret,

    I’m here to offer *you* a bit of encouragement. When I started blogging about a year ago, reading your posts and getting your support via Twitter DMs was a huge help to me. I’m glad you’re not giving up.

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    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    So very kind of you, Jennifer. Keep up your great work and thanks for the support! Bret

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  2. Anshul Gupta says:

    I have felt the same way for past 15 days ( dry days for me). Thanks for encouragement.

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    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    Don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that in the big picture you made a big commitment and the right choice to start blogging. Stick with it. Thanks! Bret

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  3. Wow. You expressed exactly how I feel about blogging, facing exactly the same sort of issue. I absolutely love it, and the real change that it can drive.

    I’ve been in a personal blogging drought. Even redirecting my homepage to my Facebook profile because I wasn’t updating enough. Sometimes, it feels like there’s just not enough time. I guess it’s time to reevaluate what I am doing – and try to move away from the various timesinks out there.

    Hey, great work here, by the way. I really dig your feed. Thank you for sharing!

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    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    You can get back in at any time, Glenn. The blog is YOUR platform. First and foremost, we blog for ourselves, not for others. Go at your own pace. Thanks! Bret

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  4. As one of your most recent “development cases” Bret I am on the opposite end…I have so much to blog about I can’t get it down fast enough – I’m on the road as I write, looking out a window at the Colorado River, palm trees, and lots of people at play – the view helps me tremendously – in fact, I think I’ll blog about that. You are in Spain, for a limited time – you must do the things in Spain that you can’t do in Reno and blog about it later. You have walked your talk better than anyone I know – thanks for chatting with us daily…or whenever you can!

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    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    And we are so looking forward to your blogging, Kathy!! You are going to be GREAT at this and you will help so many people. Be encouraged! Bret

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  5. Bret,
    I enjoy how you link blogging to personal and professional success. Being authentic in who you are, is important in both these areas. My own blogging has allowed be more open and genuine.
    Thanks,
    Gene

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  6. Dan McCarthy says:

    Bret –
    I’ve noticed, and your voice is missed in the leadership space. We all go through blogging slumps now and then. Here’s some tips I found to be helpful: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2010/03/09/feeling-blogged-out-10-pro-bloggers-share-their-advice-on-what-to-do/.

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    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    I appreciate the kind words, Dan. Thanks for the great link! Bret

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  7. I want to echo Dan’s sentiment of missing your voice in the leadership blogging niche. At the same time, though, I’ve read many times, both here and in your guest blogs elsewhere, about your passion for both blogging and sharing knowledge and ideas with others.

    As such, I have no doubt Bret you’ll be back with a flurry of insights that will remind us why so many of us enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for pointing out how droughts are a part of the blogging landscape. I’m sure there are many out there who are now breathing a sigh of relief knowing that this happens to everyone.

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    Bret L. Simmons Reply:

    very kind of you, Tanveer. I do appreciate your concern. Thanks! Bret

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