To infinity and beyond…

In this final installment of the Selective Hearing Blogging Manual we will discuss the future of your blog. If you have survived the trials and tribulations of starting up and establishing your site you’re probably wondering, “Where do I go from here?”

Well that’s up to you isn’t it? Think about your subject matter. Do you think you can consistently provide fresh content? Can you keep up with the latest developments? Is there enough time in the day to even blog?

When it comes to a music or idol blog these questions become even more important. After all, the industry moves at such a fast pace you almost have to never sleep or need a staff of millions to keep up with what’s going on.

Back to the topic at hand, what everything boils down to is how much commitment you intend to give your blogging venture. Most of us are busy people with a lot of outside activities that don’t involve staring blankly at a computer screen for endless hours outside of work or school.

Can you manage to split your time evenly enough to go out and spend time with friends and family or to do the things you enjoy before slaving away at the keyboard mouthing off to anyone within earshot?

For most people the answer is no. And that’s alright. Your real life should always take priority over your online one. During my time in this wild world of blogging I have seen many a popular figure go offline for the sake of their personal lives. Sometimes they return and sometimes they go off into the void never to be seen again.

Should the day come where you have to put your site on hiatus or shut it down completely don’t feel guilty. After all, blogs can be reborn and rebuilt fairly easily.

But if you manage to stick with this whole blogging thing for the long-term you’ll find many benefits such as a sense of community with like-minded individuals, increased vocabulary and overall improved writing skills. In special cases you will also get infamy. Depending on your personality that could be a benefit or not.

Yes, there will be times where you feel frustrated or want to give up. When you reach those stumbling blocks think back on why you wanted to blog in the first place and start back at one. In the event that you are a lifer the best advice I can give you is to plan one big goal and then add some short-term ones to help you accomplish that.

What do you want to do in 3 months? How about 6? Are you willing to change if plans are not working out? Sounds like a lot of work right? Anything worth investing in takes a bit of effort so suck it up princess. A little hard work won’t hurt you unless you’re allergic to it.

Of course if you’re just a hikikomori or a hermit who shuns the outside world then none of this really matters. You got all the time in the world. Make the best of your reclusiveness and present your perfect manifesto to the unwashed masses one senseless rant at a time.

In the end the future of your blog is what you make it. It’s not up to me or anyone else to tell you how long to hang around or what to do to make things better.

What I do hope is that you got enough out of this series to have the basic building blocks to create something that you feel meets your criteria for success. If anything I have said was even remotely helpful to then my job was done.

I wish you happy blogging.