He managed to come up with 23 different breeds. When you go through the list, they all seem perfectly valid breeds, but before going through the list, the idea that someone could actually identify that many just floored me.
Here’s his post: The 23 Blogger Breeds—Which Are You?
I think I’m “The Machine.”
I don’t say that in a bragging way, mind you, but I do feel at times that I know how to pump out content. I try to post something every day, though I am willing to skip a day if I can’t seem to write something that’s either informative or the least bit entertaining.
For each breed, Stephen lists pros and cons. In my breed, one of the pros is that readers know they can visit every day and still get fresh content. That’s the main reason I feel a drive to post as often as I do. I really prefer that you can come here and see something new. Or at least new since your last visit.
But I have worried about both of the cons he lists: burnout and loss of quality.
I’m pretty good, I think, at balancing the drive to post with the need for quality. At least, I think I’m pretty good at it. I know that I have pulled or delayed pieces that I was about to publish because I didn’t think they were good enough. Even if it meant that I was going to go a whole day (insert Gasp! here) without a post.
Burnout, though, is another story. I’ve felt times over the 7+ years I’ve been blogging that I just didn’t feel like saying anything at all. That I didn’t want to even look at the blog. Didn’t even want to think about having one.
Interaction helps that, though. (Not that I’m hinting at you to comment, of course!) I’ve actually noticed, since installing Livefyre as a comment system here that some of you have been having comment chats with each other. In some of those cases, I’m even out of the mix and you’re still discussing a topic I wrote about.
Maybe some bloggers might be bothered by the thought of not being their readers’ center of the universe. But honestly, I think it’s awesome that I have readers who’ll discuss topics with each other and keep the conversation going. And so far, the conversations have been nice, respectful and really enlightening.
Any blogger who can’t appreciate that really shouldn’t have a blog.
That’s my breed. Visit Stephen’s post and see if one rings familiar for you. What’s your blogging breed?