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Slow food, slow blogging

posted by Dave Banack

Great ideas … but who’s got the time? This morning I touched the bases on “slow blogging” by reading Emily Jensen’s column, then the LDS Media Talk post “Slow Blogging,” then the New York Times piece “Haste, Scorned: Blogging at a Snail’s Pace,” then finally visited ground zero of the movement, the Slow Blog (tagline: it happens when it happens) and its Slow Blog Manifesto (Slow Blogging is speaking like it matters. … It is deliberate in its pace.) So how slow is slow?

It’s all about determining optimal pace and frequency, with what is optimal varying by individual. Twitter is one end of the spectrum, perfect for those with a keyboard and ADD (which basically means everyone under 30). Magazines and journals are the other end, ink-on-paper articles or letters to the editor that take weeks or months to publish. Might as well be decades. Newspapers and blogs are the moderate middle ground: daily contact. Slow blogging is just too slow, I think. A few posts each week or a post or two per day seems like the optimal range for a blogger with something to say. The point of the exercise is to keep writing. I like the idea of speaking like it matters, which I try to do, but “it happens when it happens” seems like another way of saying, “I don’t really have much to say, do I?”

And what do blog readers think? Is there such a thing as too many posts? How long does a blog stay silent before you delete it from your sidebar or reader?



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