Thursday, October 22, 2009...9:30 am

Why I should take my own writing advice

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As my dozens of regular visitors may have noticed, things have been a bit quiet around here for the past week or so.
In my last post I took journalism students to task for strenuously avoiding core things on their course such as, well, actually writing copy. In the light of the lack of updates here, the irony of this does not go unnoticed.
However, sometimes it all gets a bit much. I’ve written before about the blogger’s brick wall, and I think it’s an occupational hazard. Even if you break through once, there’ll be another one along in a few months’ time.
In mitigation, I’ve been spending a bit more time on my stopframe animation blog. I noticed that my earlier post about starting this spin-off regularly tops the “most popular” list I have in the sidebar – so I figured I ought to give anyone who pops over to have a look something to see. And there are a few long posts in the pipeline I’ve been working on but haven’t quite got round to finishing.
But, really, sometimes you just need a break. Even if that break seems to involve spending all my free time trying to figure out PHP coding.
And this time away has given me a useful confirmation of the importance of updating frequently. Traffic here has been pretty healthy for the past month or so, but over the past week it’s dropped off noticeably. So next time I feel the need for a hiatus, I’ll make sure to schedule some material in advance to keep the site active.

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