Blogging Is a Challenge and Most People Fail

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Hanging out in Bologna

Hanging out in Bologna

Blogging is hard. It’s hard to have a take every day and not suck, as sportscaster Jim Rome implores his listeners to do. I used to dive into blogging with the zeal of a religious convert, I’d read something fascinating and then I’d jump right on and peck out my opinions. I wanted to share the words that had inspired me, I thought they were so clever or well written that all of my readers would want to read them too.

Now I am wrestling with my own lack of inertia. I am tough on the bloggers who are on the GoNOMAD blogs team, I am always wishing the lot of us would post more, and that every time I’d open up their blogs a new post would be waiting for me. It’s sad to open a blog up and see that the last posts were written years or months ago. We’re not at that stage but we could be.

As I have discovered about my own blog, it’s just not that easy. Even my cousin Steve, a voracious reader with so many interesting things to note, has been silent since mid-November. My daughter Kate who also blogs, does it in monthly blasts, no longer interested in regular posts. In her recent posts she popped in words that I would not use in my blog, but then again–it’s hers, not mine, so what say does a father have?

We are getting ready to leave for a few days down in my hometown, Blawenburg, NJ. We will spend some time en route in Brooklyn visiting Mary’s son and daughter in law. A quick trip and there is never enough time to properly relax and see everyone I’d like to. That’s just how it goes.

I hope that in 2014 our bloggers get recharged or else I am approached by a new crop of bloggers who are eager to post something new, sparkly and fun every day. Or not.

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Max Hartshorne
Max Hartshorne has been the editor of the travel website since 2002. Over the past decade, he has had the privilege of working with writers and publishing travel articles about nearly every country in the world. He has also been a consistent world traveler, writing hundreds of his own travel stories and posting daily blogs from the 10 or more yearly international trips he takes around the world.

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