Life After Blogging?

I used to blog every day. Heck, I used to write 4 posts every day for AOL, 6 on forex as a subcontracted writer for a CMS company and 3 long form interviews (with people like Mark Cuban) per week for the non-profit Netsquared.

Now I struggle to put up one post a month here or on our company blog. I’d really like to be publishing at least twice each month.

I have a lot of other pressing priorities as a new startup’s CEO – and Twitter is so quick and easy. The feedback loop is fast there too, something I lost when moving from a major blog to building a startup.

Excuses excuses! I’m doing all of this for the joy of learning from new media, and blogging feels important to keep doing. I remember when blogging felt uncomfortable, now of course it feels very natural. I spend most of my days now doing things I’ve never done before. It’s awesome. I’d still like to blog on occasion though.


Crossing over Portland’s Burnside Bridge, blogging.

I spend a lot of time learning about learning, building capacity so my execution each day can rock all the harder. Here are some of the ideas I’ve picked up recently regarding building new habits when it’s hard. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this too.

  • If you want to stay engaged with something, put it in a place where you’ll trip over it a lot. I did this with interuptive news alerts from high value sources when I was breaking news. Now I’m going to try putting this WordPress iPhone app down in my home page bottom tray.
  • When faced with a daunting task, break it down into micro-tasks. I’m going to concentrate on something simpler than blogging regularly, I’m just going to make sure I post once more before the end of this month.
  • To pick up a new habit, tie it to an established anchor habit, make sure it’s a small new habit and celebrate when you’re done. This makes me think I should just put up a quick post somewhere each time I complete my weekly email update to investors and stakeholders.
  • Will power is a finite resource, as is time in the day. I’ve got some sales outreach and big hires I need to make. I’m on a city bus right now though so it’s a convenient time to write this. But I’ve got to be realistic about how much can or cannot get done in a day or a week. With that said, I’m going to wrap this up!

Hopefully those thoughts will be useful to you in some part of your life. I’d love to read any related advice you’d care to share.

Happy blogging, or not!

  • This is exactly why the world needs two Marshalls. Because, while the world is a better place with LittleBird, it is also a little less awesome without your big brained blogging.

  • ah, thanks Mike. I think the world could use a few more Mike Maneys too, fwiw.

  • Coliene Roberts

    There is always room for new pathways in the brain. Anything is possible.

  • Agreed! I think that *is* part of it! Three cheers for learning stuff!!

  • leela

    Marshall, I’ve always wondered how you seemed to fit more into your work life day than any other human I know — your pace is AWESOME in the truest sense of the word. I love your tips on how to upkeep something: make it so you trip over it. cheers dude!!!

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