It's been a long time since I posted something on my blog, especially given the fact that for a couple of years I had gotten into the habit of blogging weekly. The truth of the matter is that my absence wasn't because I forgot about my blog, or had no interest in blogging. Blogging, as much as it pains me to admit this, got de-prioritized in my personal and professional life during the last eight months. Every week I'd want to post something, but I had trouble finding (or making) the time, and I didn't want to push myself too hard or stress myself about it because that wouldn't be healthy. Yet, every week, there'd be the same nagging voice in my head giving me grief for not blogging, again.
Looking back on the last eight months, now that life has settled down a bit, I am starting to see that it was a "perfect storm" of too many things, bad and good, that consumed the energy I would have normally had for blogging. The good news is that this storm (especially the bad stuff) has passed.
It may sound like I am making excuses, and maybe I am, but life is about making choices, and for a while I chose to focus on other things. What were those other things? On the personal front, there were three deaths in my inner circle (all people my age), which were three too many in my book, but there were also three weddings, a new niece, and some amazing trips. On the professional front, the business I run has grown by leaps and bounds, but it was crazy busy for a while. I've now put systems and people in place to make things less pressurized. Don't get me wrong; I love my job, I have a great team, and I am excited about all the new things we are working on.
I've decided to stop nagging myself about blogging, to stop pressuring myself to stick to a specific (and arbitrary) schedule, and just post when and if I feel like it. So that's what I'm going to do. I'm also not going to be so rigid about writing solely about Internet marketing or domain names. On some occasions, and starting with my next post, I may share professional and even personal observations and experiences that are of significance to me and, with any luck, of value to you.
Thanks for your patience and understanding. It's good to be back.
Domain name expert Bill Sweetman is the President & Lead Ninja of Name Ninja, a boutique domain name consulting firm that helps companies acquire, manage, protect, and profit from their domain names. Bill has provided strategic domain name advice to major companies around the world for over 20 years.
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Welcome back. Looking forward to your posts again!
Posted by: Adam Gross | May 25, 2010 at 11:18 AM
Bill .. thanks so much for posting this! You've managed to write about something I've been thinking about for a while. My condolences on the recent deaths - we too have had three close family members in the last year - we're all hoping that's it for a while.
What really struck me the most is how I want to still blog/write, but don't really want to do it about marketing - or at least solely about marketing. You've definitely inspired me to just go ahead and take that plunge. Some days you get a little social media - some days you get a little gardening :)
Thanks, Bill! You've been an inspiration to me today.
Cheers .. Kate
Posted by: Kate | June 8, 2010 at 11:22 AM
Thanks for this reminder. I have spoken with many clients who are affraid of blogging because they don't want to commit to regularly updating their blog. A great idea from Jeremy Wright in "Blog Marketing" is that there are no hard and fast rules to blogging.
Thanks for the reminder of this idea and the affirmation.
Posted by: Josh Decker | July 8, 2010 at 11:20 PM
Thanks for the information. I have discovered that the four most damaging words that can be strung together is "I already knew that" It's good to remember to stay "unstuck."
Posted by: Rob Wheeler | July 13, 2010 at 04:53 PM
I know exactly what you mean, it´s hard to write for the sake of writing, and it´s also meaningless. I´m sorry to hear about the losses in your family, I also know how this feels.
I wish you all the best.
Posted by: Wolfgang | July 14, 2010 at 08:35 AM