In danish we have an expression called “to sit between the chairs”. It means to choose something in between two other choices, making the result less useful than either choice. For example, a spork.
I have that problem with this blog in several ways.
My primary interests are so geeky that most people have no clue what I am talking about, but that can be an asset. Topically narrow blogs are often the best blogs. But on the other hand, I don’t have the time or drive to make a blog entirely about these things, because writing about programming usually takes a lot of time. So does commenting on technology, and several times this ends up meaning that the technology is old by the time I get the article done.
I also sit between the chairs on the issue of quality – I look back at my old articles and think some of them were good, so these days I drop 90% of the articles I am writing in the first few lines, when I realize I don’t have the time to write a good article. Most of the articles I get written are usually the result of not having posted so long, I’ll just post whatever. The result is a very low posting frequency and low quality.
My areas of interest is programming, technology, game development, web development, the internet, religion, sometimes politics and various TV series.
It’s a mixed bag. Most of these things take a long time to write about, if you don’t want to just mouth off your uninformed opinions.
Maybe that’s why it was easier for me a few years ago? I have become more intellectually honest the last few years, so it’s harder for me to write something without becoming aware of my ignorance on the subject.
Is your blog centered around a theme, and how does this help/hinder you in motivation?
Do you often start articles and drop them because you realize the scope is too big?
In case you haven’t noticed, I am trying to pick up blogging again.