Slow Blogging Part 2: A Rejection of Immediacy

As I am sure some of you may have noticed I have not had the opportunity to update this blog as regularly as usual over the last few weeks (I usually endeavour to update it 3-4 times a week, I don’t “do” weekends and I always celebrate Saint Monday!), some weeks I will have a theme that I develop over a series of blogs and therefore plan ahead and other weeks I just write whatever comes into my mind. Some weeks I prep ahead and write several entries in one go to post at later date, other weeks I just sit down each morning and after I have checked my emails etc, write down whatever comes into my mind. Some days I will have some idea straight away, other days I will not have a clue and have to refer to some notes or ideas I have scrawled in the past. Some times it can take me 5 minutes to write an entry, other days it can take all day. I am rubbish at proof reading and will often post entries with stupid mistakes!

As you can see, I am not what you call a “problogger”. I am “sloblogger” (thanks to Todd Sieling, who I got the term from, although after doing a bit of digging there are a lot of other “slobloggers” out there).

So what is the difference between a problogger and Slow Blogger?  Well, number one, is that Slow Bloggers reject the idea of immediacy as Tom Sieling dsays “It happenes when it happens”, rather than trying to write a blog entry each day, just for the sake of writing a blog entry. Carl Honore recently wrote in his blog about how most bloggers are usually a pretty fast bunch (click here to read it). We slobloggers write only when we have something to say, reflect on our writing and avoid the kneejerk reaction to post for the sake of posting or because we are expected to post, or because that is what we have been told we should do. We don’t “chase the news” and try and be the first to write about something, but consider, ponder, contemplate, research and offer (hopefully) a more measured (and interesting) entry.

(Not that I am saying traditional bloggers are in anyway substandard or that sloblogging is better than traditional blogging, it is just a different way of doing things! Some probloggers out there write excellent posts on a very regular basis! Can I stop digging now?!)

To illustrate how posting on a less regular basis works incredibly well, Tim Ferris, author of the “The 4-hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich” (I highly recommend it, if you haven’t read it already) writes a very successful blog and he does not update it regularly at all! See this entry of his to see his blogging strategy and listen to how he blows apart common myths about the need to blog regularly to be successful.

Remember Slow, in all its forms, is about Quality NOT Quantity.

I am working on a couple of themes that I started a while ago, but got waylaid on the that I will be running on here over the next few weeks: Slow Work and Mindfulness. Stay tuned!