What’s Holding You Back from Blogging – Follow up

Last month I asked what is holding you back from blogging? and you replied.

Here are the posts you created to explain what’s holding you back:

Some interesting reading and very diverse blog niches.

Of those of you who did accept the challenge, how did you do? Please post a follow up in your blog or in the comments.

This post was guest blogged by Gary Jones from BlueFur.com. BlueFur provides Dedicated Servers in Canada like the one that runs John Chow’s site.


45 thoughts on “What’s Holding You Back from Blogging – Follow up”

  1. #1 reason for holding you back from blogging is My girlfriend and her constant naging about im allways online. Your’s truly thegeekboys.com

    1. Gary Jones says:

      How about getting something like this…
      http://www.alphasmart.com/Retail/

      Then you can spend time with your girlfriend and blog on the go.

      1. Hey now, they are girls, if not for the computer they will complain for the NEO 😛

      2. Michael Kwan says:

        I actually use my T-Mobile MDA for a similar purpose through a program called Pocket Text Editor. It outputs a basic .txt file. The thumb QWERTY isn’t the best, but it certainly is portable.

    2. And I bet she also says, that you love more your computer than her (thats the same identical way my GF acts). Well sometimes she is right…i mean, to complain not about that I love my computer more than her 🙄

  2. Marco says:

    I manage to stay on my track. September showed 33 Posts an 30 days, so this makes a success for me.

    1. Gary Jones says:

      Any noticable traffic increase?

      Did it become easier after 20 days to do it?

      1. YC says:

        Mine did. How about showing some link love? 🙂

    2. soccer dvd says:

      i think being consistent is easier after 2 weeks or so after getting into the rhytm, imo

  3. WarriorBlog says:

    Ahh I see what you are doing John 🙂 Thats good…lol.

    1. Gary Jones says:

      What do you mean?

      1. Teejay says:

        I think he is saying JohnChow is turning to ala Problogger.

  4. Other stuff to do 😈

  5. Lincoln says:

    Oooo, oooo, oooo, I got a mention!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I kept up my end of the bargagin, blogged a daily post for 3 weeks, but it was hard at times. There were some days when I didn’t want to blog for poopie poo. What helped was putting some of my posts in a queue, so even when I wasn’t in the mood to blog, I could rely on a scheduled post being published to fulfill my daily quota.

    My traffic hasn’t increased much, but I HAVE noticed that blogging seems to be less of a chore now, and more of a routine. I also think that it helps to keep your posts short, between 200-500 words. Don’t set the bar so high for yourself in terms of how long your blog posts need to be. You don’t need to wait until you’re inspired to write a 30,000 word thesis on a topic. That was a mentality I had to fight myself. 🙂

  6. Some great posts in this list.

  7. Nothing – have been posting daily 3-5 entries since 1995…

  8. simon says:

    Looks like dealdotcom wordpress plugin doesn’t work well 😡

    1. soccer dvd says:

      yup … i think its for noob … i prefer hard-coding it

    2. Gary Jones says:

      Well it would help if dealdotcom’s site was up while testing it. 🙂

      1. lyricsreg says:

        Every client / visitor is a tester. It’s the Microsoft way

  9. The most I missed was a day here and there but other days I mad it up with two or three posts. Thanks for the challenge. It got me off my ass and now it’s like I can’t stop. That good old feeling of flow. And hey, traffics up and Google banned my name. What could be better?

  10. Neil Duckett says:

    Some good reading there by the looks of things, will take a while to get through it all.

  11. Klaudio says:

    My problem is, I always wanna start to blog, but I need everytime to inatianlize about 1h my next post. Only initialize.

  12. soccer dvd says:

    For me it’s school

  13. bolehan says:

    Blogging for money is hard!!! Have to put a lot of time and effort. Unless you have too much free time or it’s your fulltime job, otherwise blogging for money is not for everyone!!!

  14. Teejay says:

    Nice Roundup. I believe what’s holding me is my day job. It my primary source of income!

    1. lyricsreg says:

      My job is the only thing that gets me blogging. I figure if I make enough money online I will no longer have to work for mentally challenged employers

  15. Kurtis says:

    John Chow has been one of the inspirations for me to start blogging and I am going to attempt to blog the twenty straight days!

  16. I took the advice and blogged nearly daily for the past month. I also submitted some of my blog posts to some web sites with similar content and let them use the content for free as long as they plugged my blog. I participated in a couple of blog carnivals as well. The result? My traffic went from about 100 page views in August (I started in late July), to nearly 6,000 page views in September, so I would say it was definitely a success. My blogging income has also increased a bit, but I’m nowhere near John Chow-type money. If I could only figure out some better ways of monitizing my blog and increasing the page views, I think it will pay off in the long run, but I’m not complaining about my short term success.

  17. YC says:

    Well, Gary, I did my best 🙂 and linked back too in the original post. 😉

  18. Karol Krizka says:

    I managed to keep up, well mostly. I will post about it soon, and I’ll be giving out some link love to all other participants! 😉

  19. Probably the thing I struggle with the most is taking on too many online ventures at once. It can get stressful trying to maintain a daily blog, but it gets done somehow. :mrgreen:

  20. How many things can a guy do? Time is finite and quite a bit of it goes into making a living. I am not making it by blogging obviously.

  21. I am following this stuff from quiet many days. Now I understand blogging is difficult and eventually :”Making Money Online”: Is also difficult

  22. Shams says:

    Nohting can hold you back if you visit JC everyday. He will move you up.

  23. Nikki says:

    Think optimistic…. or u can even write about optimistic… Cheers

  24. Tim says:

    Yes, I’ve succeed the 20 days post challenge. And I found this habit is really help to build up my blog traffic since Im still new 🙂

    –blog for dream–

  25. Its verly little popularity for me..

  26. Everyday blogging can have its consequences. But otherwise if you find somethng useful make use of it.

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