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New post ideas

I wanted to write a clever post on why I don’t update so often. It’s not like I don’t have time for my site, and it’s not like I’m not interested in jefflion.net anymore. And it’s not like I don’t have ideas: I have tons of ideas.

I just… Can’t. It happens to me when I’m depressed, or anxious, or when I worry. I become so fucking unproductive in those situations. I also suffer from insomnia. I can’t sleep at night. I just can’t.

But to make this post somewhat positive, here are some post ideas:

Race & yours truly (race blogs, racism, and what’s in it for me, because I’m white and I’m non-Westerner, so it’s not an issue that usually affects people in my part of the world. Unlike, you know, almost all the other issues you can think of).
Movie reviews (I love doing movie reviews, and I don’t even care if a movie is new or not. I’ve been planning on doing a review for In Bruges for so long, and there are also some new films I’m interested in: new Sherlock Holmes or Tin Tin, or just some little independent movie I watched and loved).
Stereotypes about Eastern Europeans (that are actually true).
Novel writing (How to and How Not To)
Vampires and the Balkans (and the way popular representations of vampires, based on stories about Dracula, were actually formed as cautionary tales about the wild Balkans, a dangerous region that can corrupt the West – yes, that’s right kids, there’s an ugly story behind this).

Anyway, this song always makes me feel better for some reason:

Top 5 annoying blogging mistakes (that I often make)

These are common blogging mistakes that I hate to see with other people, but I regularly make them myself:

1. Not updating often

There’s nothing worse than a blog that is not updated regularly (without a notice). You just visit in hope there’s something new, but no. The weeks old photo and the post are on the homepage. So you just forget about the blog, until you remember it again and realize you’ve missed some great posts. In any case, not updating regularly is the #1 blogging mistake (that can often cost you visitors).

2. Not replying to comments/emails/messages straight away

I understand you might be busy, but it’s really frustrating to wait for an answer. Especially when you just know the person did read your message, but for some reason didn’t reply straight away. Or, even worse, ever.

Why don’t I reply straight away? I am usually trying to figure out what I want to say, which is, 9 times out of 10, unnecessary. I am often really happy about the reply/comment I get that I completely forget that now it’s my turn to say something.

3. Not returning comments

Someone (preferably new) left a comment on your blog. But you never bother visiting their website. This doesn’t happen often with me, but it DOES happen.

4. Writing boring blog posts

Blogging doesn’t have to entertain anybody but you. On the other hand, if it’s really something you write for yourself, and yourself only, why do you bother publishing it? Or, why do you expect people to comment on it? What can someone say about your super-boring entry on how delicious your breakfast was? Or how your cat managed to pee in the flower pot for the third time that day? And not to mention those emo “I feel like crap” entries.

5. Writing without a plan

In many cases, blogging is a casual fun. But it’s also writing, and I am one of those people who believe that good writing is 90% planning/outlining and 10% actual typing. So please, plan your entries. Don’t just rant first things that come to your mind. Stick to one subject per post. Have an idea of what you want to say.

See also: Top 5 annoying mistakes website visitors make