I have recently written two posts about my finally re-starting my efforts to design and launch my "outside blog." Last week I had the first design meeting... the first of many before the details of the general blog appearance are arrived at.
In doing some of the research to help me decide what I wanted my "front page" to look like... I looked at many, many "outside, free-standing" blogs... whatever ones I could find... to see what I liked, and also to see what I didn't like.
In the process, I came across something that really surprised me.
I found quite a few instances where there were "newer" blog sites... and some "not so new" sites... that were just "sitting there." I found some great-looking designs... owned by people who had bought and paid a lot of money to get a "name" blog like RSS Pieces, or Real Estate Tomato blog, or any number of "other-branded" new blog sites... or even TypePad or some of the others, and then made just a few posts, and then pretty much abandoned them.
They bought them, they paid for them... and then they just let them sit there.
After seeing that... I am afraid that last November and December... I just concentrated on that... and allowed it to induce self-doubt, rather than focus on all the progress and great results already gained by those who started their outside blogs, and then reaped such great rewards.
So I thought... what an incredible waste ! Why would anyone do that ? Or... what happened to them that caused them to quit... after they sweated blood and tears to put it together in the first place ?
So... here is my question. Why does that happen ? What makes someone go through all that effort... which could either be a fun, creative thing, or a lot o pain and agony... and then just let it sit ? Do you know someone who this happend to ? No names please, unless it is your own... :) Or... if this happened to you... please let me know why ?
Please share your thoughts with me... let's try and figure out together just what makes this happen ?