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Blog Tip – When the Honeymoon is Over

You just started a brand new blog and you have been writing quality posts for a couple of weeks. Suddenly you realize that you cannot think of anything to write about. Don’t panic.

Blogging can take a lot of time to perfect. Finding stuff to write about can be difficult (look at me, I am writing about it being hard to find stuff to write about).

Why the FC has been dead…

I had a bad week last week and was away from the computer a good bit. I did not have the time to update as often as I like and I find myself playing catch-up. Now that I have caught up, I am having a difficult time adjusting to writing and finding worthy topics to discuss.

Don’t worry, this type of thing happens all the time. I get writers block several times a year. Sometimes I just kick back and take a small break. I might not publish anything for a week. I don’t like doing it, but I have found that it clears the mind. Once the break is over you begin posting like you never missed a beat.

When I write posts for this blog, I often just click on new post and begin typing. Sometimes I have a certain topic or story I would like to report on but not all the time.

Sometimes I will start a post and save it as a draft. Weeks later I will revisit the post and complete it or delete it.

When the honeymoon is over…

I wouldn’t say that the Fire Critic has had a honeymoon. I have run several blogs and have figured out ways of keeping it fresh.

A lot of bloggers hesitate to link to a new blog or even talk about them because some new blogs just don’t make it. In the past 5 years I have seen some great fire/EMS blogs start up and then stop being updated. Some realize how much time they take up. Others lose interest.

I know some great blogs that were abruptly stopped. One big one of note was FireWhirl. I would feed off of him and he would feed off of my stuff. There were several other blogs at the time, but FireWhirl covered a lot of ground. Sadly, the guy running it just couldn’t focus the time on the blog anymore. FireWhirl stopped being updated. It is still there, just nothing new.

Some people worry too much with all this social media. I am not saying don’t do it. I think everyone should utilize twitter, facebook, etc. to get the word out. What you don’ t have to do is spend so much time on each. Set it up so twitter and facebook run themselves off your blog. You will be amazed at how much traffic you get and you don’t have to do anything but post on your blog.

Blogging can be a lot of fun. Don’t get in over your head and if you do just take a minute to breathe. Your readers will return.

As for the Fire Critic….I have a hell of a lot more to say!!!

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  • http://www.firedaily.com Fire Daily

    Thanks again, FC, for your insight. “Our thoughts are with you” isn't just fluff, we were all thinking of you during the time you guys spent with multiple losses last week. Mix a little travel in there, and I was simply amazed you were able to post at all. Maybe it was cathartic?

    BTW, your photos were crisp and captured the heaviness. It looks like you guys did a great job and represented perfectly.

  • http://www.firedaily.com Fire Daily

    Thanks again, FC, for your insight. “Our thoughts are with you” isn't just fluff, we were all thinking of you during the time you guys spent with multiple losses last week. Mix a little travel in there, and I was simply amazed you were able to post at all. Maybe it was cathartic?

    BTW, your photos were crisp and captured the heaviness. It looks like you guys did a great job and represented perfectly.

  • mickmayers

    Good stuff. I think a lot of it has to do with what the niche you are trying to fill is. If you're shooting to be a “news” blog like Dave Statter or Geezer, good luck. You have got to invest some serious time on these and their sites reflect that commitment. If you are going for informative stuff, like this fine site and in another vein, stuff like the Prehospital 12-Lead ECG site, Star of Life Law, or VentEnterSearch, it comes up as subject matter presents itself, which is also good.

    If you're just blogging to say your piece, well, you've gotta be a gifted writer like Happy Medic, Chief Reason, Report-on-Conditions, or somebody like that, to insure success. Otherwise, you're just another blogger in the blogosphere. In these cases, pacing yourself is muy importante. Think “marathon”; not “sprint”. We can't all swing for the fences every time.

    Good post.

  • TheFireCritic

    Thanks FD,

    I maintain I guess. There is more to the story that I would love to share in the future I am just not sure if it will translate to typed words.

    I know the thoughts aren't fluff.

    I take a lot of stock in people who leave comments and the comments they leave. Even if it takes a week to reply!

  • TheFireCritic

    How true!

    I am always amazed at how torn I get on what to write, when to write it, and how to write it. I am my own worst critic (besides my wife…she is just cruel)..

  • mickmayers

    Good stuff. I think a lot of it has to do with what the niche you are trying to fill is. If you're shooting to be a “news” blog like Dave Statter or Geezer, good luck. You have got to invest some serious time on these and their sites reflect that commitment. If you are going for informative stuff, like this fine site and in another vein, stuff like the Prehospital 12-Lead ECG site, Star of Life Law, or VentEnterSearch, it comes up as subject matter presents itself, which is also good.

    If you're just blogging to say your piece, well, you've gotta be a gifted writer like Happy Medic, Chief Reason, Report-on-Conditions, or somebody like that, to insure success. Otherwise, you're just another blogger in the blogosphere. In these cases, pacing yourself is muy importante. Think “marathon”; not “sprint”. We can't all swing for the fences every time.

    Good post.

  • TheFireCritic

    Thanks FD,

    I maintain I guess. There is more to the story that I would love to share in the future I am just not sure if it will translate to typed words.

    I know the thoughts aren't fluff.

    I take a lot of stock in people who leave comments and the comments they leave. Even if it takes a week to reply!

  • TheFireCritic

    How true!

    I am always amazed at how torn I get on what to write, when to write it, and how to write it. I am my own worst critic (besides my wife…she is just cruel)..

  • mickmayers

    Good stuff. I think a lot of it has to do with what the niche you are trying to fill is. If you're shooting to be a “news” blog like Dave Statter or Geezer, good luck. You have got to invest some serious time on these and their sites reflect that commitment. If you are going for informative stuff, like this fine site and in another vein, stuff like the Prehospital 12-Lead ECG site, Star of Life Law, or VentEnterSearch, it comes up as subject matter presents itself, which is also good.

    If you're just blogging to say your piece, well, you've gotta be a gifted writer like Happy Medic, Chief Reason, Report-on-Conditions, or somebody like that, to insure success. Otherwise, you're just another blogger in the blogosphere. In these cases, pacing yourself is muy importante. Think “marathon”; not “sprint”. We can't all swing for the fences every time.

    Good post.

  • http://firecritic.com Fire Critic

    Thanks FD,

    I maintain I guess. There is more to the story that I would love to share in the future I am just not sure if it will translate to typed words.

    I know the thoughts aren't fluff.

    I take a lot of stock in people who leave comments and the comments they leave. Even if it takes a week to reply!

  • http://firecritic.com Fire Critic

    How true!

    I am always amazed at how torn I get on what to write, when to write it, and how to write it. I am my own worst critic (besides my wife…she is just cruel)..