Kiruba Shankar is a blogger based in Chennai. He has quite a following. I check his site about once a month. More recently he was to have hosted the Bharateeya Blog Mela. That’s what brought me to his site a couple of days back. Well, there I saw his announcement that he would be suspending his blog. I called it a sick April-fool’s joke and so it was. Just about everyone commenting on this “last” post seemed to get a whiff of bull$&)*wafting from his site. But even people like the conservative blogger Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com bid him adieu – “I’m not in this place, but I understand. When it’s not fun anymore, it’s time to quit.”
There is a lot of burn-out in the blogging world. Some start with a few posts and the site lays dormant until it just goes away one day. What motivates me about blogging is that I am able to share with you what I have found or seen or what I have been thinking about. The blogging world is truly a marketplace of ideas (yes, gross plagiarism on my part there). As Paul Graham commands: “publish stuff online, because an audience makes you write more, and thus generate more ideas.” How true!
So, what motivates you to blog and do you feel pressured to do it every day? How close are you to burning out and what do you do to bring back some sanity to your life? Do tell. And while it may still be April Fool’s Day, do be honest with your responses.