So I was thinking a bit about what keeps us all from posting more frequently on WordPress. Though obviously there are numerous reasons, a couple of basic ideas came to mind…
The #blogpost I wrote 7 hours ago, will either be of my best ever, or of my worst. Wondering which way it’ll go!
— Setu Shah (@setu4993) February 20, 2012
You know… This is one of the most compelling reasons I started working on Dashter, and it gets forgotten (or more correctly; overlooked) by me so frequently. The bridge between blogging and modern social media seems more related to the time to get a response + engagement than about anything different in messaging. On Twitter, you post a tweet, and either something happens or it doesn’t. In 5 minutes, you’re over it. Essentially the same is true on Facebook… Your “friends” will like or comment on the things that they like or find comment-worthy. The other stuff will just drift in to the abstract. On a blog post – well, for most of us – we click the “Publish” button and then go in to some sort of odd purgatory. We’re banished to the realm of marketing and self promotion. We’re wondering which keyword phrases Google will pick up in 5 months. We’re stuck.
New blog post waiting to be published: “Why Twitter is the Best Social Media Platform”
— Tweet4Ok (@Tweet4OK) February 17, 2012
This tweet caught my eye just because it both proved my point; and also happened to be titled something I reasonably agree with. In this case, the author is apparently either (a) planting the seeds for his audience or (b) just wanted to share that he wrote a post. Both are legitimate uses for Twitter. Again, publishing on WordPress is a strange double-edged sword. You’re creating WAY more content, you’re likely articulating a vision or an idea, and you’re able to add rich media elements to amplify your point. But, unlike social channels (which typically don’t let you choose layout & style, don’t let you cross-pollinate media types, and generally have some sort of limitation (either strict or etiquette-driven)), blogging doesn’t provide that fast-feedback mechanism. Creating after-publishing immediate gratification + immediate feedback is kinda a big deal. But it’s so frequently overlooked as a subject of concern in the WP development field.
The Life of Publishing Posts
I get so impatient waiting for my articles to be published. Can’t imagine how restless I’d be if I wrote a book or something.
— Laura Coulter (@kentuckygirl729) February 23, 2012
And then once it’s published; time to wait for it to get read! The waiting never ends.
4 draft posts waiting to be published. Why am I so lazy to upload pictures?
— Rachel (@rachelgha) February 23, 2012
Ahh, the famous “I’ve forced myself to be compliant with myself” problem. Featured images are a double-edged sword in WordPress. The better WP themes should provide clean support with or without, so you can just get through the writing process.
Thanks for Reading!
Let me know what you think – is WordPress post publishing too arduous?