29 Sep 2006 4 pm eastern

Blahg

Gee, was I thrilled when I first realized that, by learning some HTML and buying a modem, I could publish anything I wanted to. Not only could I publish it, but people would see it and respond. My God, those were heady days.

Eleven years I’ve been pecking away at this page, and boy are my frontal lobes tired.

Every day I think about you and what I want to tell you. There’s so much I still want you to know. But work and family enfold me in an octopus grip. When I finally put two free hours together, updating zeldman.com is not necessarily how I want to spend them.

How about you? Still blogging? Still all fired up about it?

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118 Responses to “Blahg”

  1. Adrian said on

    The question is: Why are you blogging?

    If you have a reason to blog, one probably won’t get tired of it.

    I write stories. That’s why I blog. I also occasionally post my opinion on things. But mostly I write stories.

    Why do you blog, Jeffery?

  2. Andy said on

    After 4 years, I’m still blogging, but not as often. And I have to admit that usually I’d rather be doing something else like being with my family. It makes me feel better to know that you–whom I’ve looked up to for a long time–feel the same way.

  3. Rob Weychert said on

    I know exactly how you feel, except that I probably have far more opportunity to scrape together some free time than you do, and I still can’t manage to keep my site updated with any regularity. Blah(g).

  4. Jared Joven said on

    I can relate. My personal ‘blog’ (I really dislike that term) keeps coming and going. Sometimes I host it on my own domain or use a service like Xanga but it does become hard to figure out what to write and if, at the end of the day, it means anything.

    But what you do compared to a great many others is provide an invaluable service. I don’t believe in a heaven or a hell and that immortality is only reached in by how many lives you have effected in a positive manner and you do that for a great many people in this industry.

  5. ben said on

    Eleven years here, too. I wanted to change the world. I’d like to to think that I’ve at least changed a few minds.

    When I think about the three years during which I actually made an effort – before Mom passed away – I realize that I wrote more to remind myself that I had a mind and talents of my own, and that the hopefulness I’d mustered wasn’t a waste of energy. Living with a parent who suffers from a bona fide mental illness will take you there… and helplessly watching her decline was antipodean to my love for this medium, because I never would’ve gotten into it if she hadn’t shown me which path to take, given me my early access to the technology so that I’d be comfortable with it when my turn finally came.

    Since then I try to keep my own counsel until I’m certain that I have something genuinely important to say. Questions asked of one’s Maker, and of one’s own psyche, settle to a dull roar when repeated too often… even when they’re well-disguised.

    P.S. Thanks for the thoughts you shared in your previous entry.

    P.P.S. Sometimes I miss the orange.

  6. Geoffrey Sneddon said on

    My rate of blogging has slowed down massively, partly due to being ill and just really not having anything worthwhile blogging happening, which has left me struggling to do just one post a month.

  7. daniel said on

    We miss you.

    We miss your glamorous life, we miss posts about something other than conferences, we miss the jeffrey who had time to talk random shit about the industry, punk, standards & cool shit he saw in the street.

    But Mrs. Zeldman and ickle Zeldman deserve you far more than we do. Much love.

  8. Ian Fenn said on

    I feel exactly the same. I’ve got so much I could write about Chinese food and how to order GREAT Chinese food but at the end of a busy day I’ve rarely been finding the strength. Perhaps its age. I wasn’t like this ten years ago.

  9. Tony Ballinger said on

    I have to admit, last year I wasn’t still fired up about it, but this year I am again. Between all the books, research and blogs, I feel like collectively we’re really starting to understand what we’ve been doing for 10 years. And now with a new generation of devices that will be browsing the web in unexpected ways, it’s a whole new world again. But yes, time is short. It’s a trick to not get sucked into things that fritter away your time, and keep your eyes and soul on the things that matter.

  10. Kate said on

    I love my blog. I sneak peeks at it during the workday, hoard links to post, think about it quite a lot. But yeah, having vowed to update the beast daily during the week, I am feeling the chains of the blogosphere (especially when 11pm rolls around and I have yet to post). So I’m still all fired up, but I am coming to appreciate more and more the blogless weekend.

  11. Dan Century said on

    I still dig it. It’s still a better alternative to clogging my friend’s inboxes with links, photos and videos. I try not to spend more than a few hours on my sites per week. The age of spending hour after hour on personal sites and non-rent paying ventures is over for me. That said, I’m glad people like Roger Johansson, John Kricfalusi and X-Y-Z-Cosmonaut continually churn out excellent content.

  12. Shane said on

    I would blog, but my old host SQL tables do not work with my new host’s SQL tables. That’s a little too technical for me and it’s a big headache.

  13. Michael said on

    I’ve kept my current regular blog going since September of 2003. I don’t post anything of great significance but I do still post. I also recently started posting to a Blogger page just for kicks. Same stuff only more inconsequential.

  14. Andrew said on

    Funny enough, I retired my blog a while ago and just minutes ago while skimming my rss I thought about reviving it.

  15. Michał Stempień said on

    Been trying to start a blog for about 2 years now… and there always something that keeps me away. Time management seems to be my problem, but I just can’t imagine how you bloggers deal with working, publishing and private living.

  16. George said on

    Totally fired up, but feeling wisful, for the time when I had time to sit down and write. [the never ending topic of] Global warming needs what I have to say! But I haven’t written much since I decided not to write online about my divorce or my love life, and after all what can I say about my PaKua classes? I don’t have that much time to read at the moment and what I have written online is mostly my reading. So, ’nuff said. Winter’s coming on, it’s time for indoor cookies and new recipes. Send me one and I’ll try it out. I liked Sam Harris’s new book “Letter to a Christian Nation” and I started reading Taylor Branch’s books about Martin Luther King Jr. As soon as I find time, I”l write them both up.

  17. Paul R. Redmond said on

    Jeffrey-
    I am one who would rather read a powerful piece (or announcement) once a month, than hearing the everyday stuff consistently. Just one of the reasons you’re blog is in my feed reader. Quantity posting will always loose to quality posting in my book.

    Just wondering when that “announcement” will be An Event Apart: Phoenix ;0)

  18. impactEDnurse said on

    I know absolutely nix about the industry you circumvent Mr Zeldman, but I do know that it was by stumbling on your writings many years ago, I first was inspired to unravel the mysteries of HTML and construct my own website. Thanks for that.

    Its all just ripples in a pond.

  19. spinhead said on

    I started my online blathering about music 3.5 years ago. Oddly, it’s not my family situation which has ever affected how much I write, it’s always been work. As I head toward self-employment again, my mind turns more and more toward my various weblogs and how much fun they’ll be once again.

  20. Kim Krause Berg said on

    Eleven years on the ‘Net, groups/clubs/forums owner and now blogger (4 years)…married with kids. Yep. I relate too. I work from home, however. The blog is sorta like my old cubicle-buddies I could talk outloud to, but there was that wall between me and them. The blog lets me feel like there’s someone to chat with, only the voice is always inside my own head. I check feeds daily to see what the buzz is and sometimes find something to respond to, via my blog, to join in the “conversation”. It’s virtual, but vital all the same. It took a long time for me to learn there is “internet time” and it only has the rules I assign to it. That means family time gets more of me, and low and behold, the blog and other web stuff is still there, just where I left it.

  21. Tim Griffiths said on

    I started my blog to keep in touch with friends and family while I was travelling. Four years later, I have a son and a new job and very little spare time. I realised I was making an average of one or two posts every two or three months. Bits of my site were broken and remained broken because I would rather spend time with my family than fix the site. So I’ve retired from blogging for now. For me, its perhaps not so much that writing things down is not still important, just less important than some other things.

  22. skip said on

    What is this the veteran bloggers whine – a -thon? Zeldman, yoo been smoking web standards too long. Just roll somethin new.

  23. Miko W. said on

    11 years? If that isn’t a testament to you and this site, I don’t know what is.
    Do what you really want, you don’t necessarily have to listen to us (:

  24. Randy said on

    I haven’t made a blog post in a long time. I think about it sometimes, but I just really don’t have anything to say. Plus I was never that good of a writer anyway and other people can say things much more better than me.

    I too have been creating for the Web since back in 1997 when we used some family savings to buy a used computer and get free 100 hours of AOL. I have been reading your site since close to then as well, and I had already started my family before I even got on this internet.

    I’ve met you once at a Web DC conf, and I’ve seen you in passing a the past couple SXSW, and there is one thing I’ve always wanted to ask but never did. Do you think that you would have still accomplished everything that you have, if you would have had your family first?

  25. Kenzie said on

    I haven’t even started yet.

  26. alan herrell - the head lemur said on

    still here, still raving, still trying to keep one small corner of the web from being overrun.

    I’ll stop when they roll my cold corpse away from the keyboard, and finally shut the computer down.

  27. Jason Wall said on

    6 years for me, and i still love it, though I post a very different kind of content than when I first started. Mostly, I post poetry, or some form of short writing similar to pictures, and photography.

  28. Andrew said on

    Maybe a horrid year in a new relationship cooled the blogging fires, or maybe I just lost that salty taste of blood. Today, my personal site is just a repository for my portfolio, a place I can point recruiters as I tumble endlessly from one job to the next. It even got me to Microsoft, but now I’m sick of that, too. It’s time for a new career—one not involving the web—and you’ll hear of me again before it’s over.

    Zeldman-
    You’re my favorite item in a truly unordered list.

  29. Hanan Cohen said on

    Somehow, the name David Siegel (http://www.highfive.com/) pops into my mind. He was here a long time ago but then decided that he needed the time for himself. So he quit his public writing. Nothing bad about it.

    Will you lose business if you quit writing here? Will you lose reputation? What will happend to your sense of responsibility to the Web?

    Those are the questions I am asking myself and mabybe you should too.

    If you stop updating, I will not be sad. It will be a good sign that you have found what you thought would be almost impossible ten years ago.

  30. jeremy said on

    There are whole weeks, occasionally even a month or more, where i just can’t stand the thought of working on my site. But the stimulus always rears its beautiful head. I’m working on my ~8th redesign in six years, my second this year. And although I may not always have something to say, I always end up saying something eventually.

    It’s a macrorhythmic thing, y’know?

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  32. George said on

    I remember about 10 years ago sitting in a University lab and realising just what the interent meant. I still think it is a staggering invention and I’m loving every minute of watching it grow and evolve. I’ve still got bags of energy and I get more from seeing how other people use their imaginations and most importantly share what they know.

    Blogging is central to that philosophy so I’m all over it.

  33. Mau said on

    I love to blog, I have been blogging periodically since Spring of 2005.

    I think it is an awesome tool, and it has indeed impacted people’s lives.

    Truth is that my blog is mostly visited by family members, and it is obviously not even close to a hundredth of the daily visits that Zeldman, Kottke, Mason, or Armstrong get, I wish…

    It is hard to keep up with the postings. Last week I got yelled at (by my dad) because I hadn’t posted anything in 2 weeks… I’ve been super busy at work, I almost done with my quarter at school (final paper), and it sometimes is hard to find a few minutes to post something, and it is hard when you try to post something meaningful (which is hardest thing in the first place).

    However, I am not discouraged, I just really really admire people that keep up with the posting, and I thank them for giving me inspiration, and the many times you give me something very good to read.

    I like blogs, and I will keep posting.

  34. Eduard Hlava said on

    Hi Mr. Zeldman, hi the others here.

    I started writting my blog four years ago, for four long years I’ve been thinking what I should write. Really should I? No! No once again. I write a new post when I want. This is the first thing I want to say. Blogging should not be an obligation. Never.

    Second – I write about my life, politics, about web stuff, about a manager life, sometimes i write a poetry. Briefly, I write only about the things I want to write about (BUT – see below). Nobody forces me to write about any… Why? My blog is a niche of my freedom.

    Third – it’s not so easy, of course. I want to be a loyal (a little bit :-) to my superiors, my friends etc. So I can’t write about everything I feel. It is a bit annoying, you know. I can’t write about nonexisting professionalism in our company, about wrong HR, I can’t write about dozens funny stories with our customers, providers etc. etc. ’cause these things are not public affairs. Unfortunately. I thing this could be the most interesting stories I could have at my blog. But – does a way how to describe these things exist and keep it simultaneously in secret? I’ve not found the right way. But still looking for.

    And finaly – I can’t write anonymously (if so, i could write probably about the things I mentioned above and I can’t nowadays), because I’d like to be seen.:-) It’s egoistic a little bit, but It’s one good way how to present myself, my work.

    You see, there are a lot of reasons why do a blog. The life’s changing, but the blog persisting.

  35. stu said on

    Blogging has lost all appeal for me, its great getting others views, but when your an average joe (me), your opinions and views only get read by you!

    Therefore I blog no more.

    But I do come to zeldman.com every few days to check you views, as the views of you, meyer and shea do make for interesting reading.

  36. Lucian said on

    I started blogging in early 2000 because I was suffering from a terrible bout of the flu and thought I was going to die alone in my dorm room during Martin Luther King weekend. Somehow I found energy between the episodes of back spasms to learn HTML, probably because I felt the primal need to leave some mark of myself – so people would know that I was here, and that I existed.

    Now 7 years later, I continue to write candidly, though I wonder if I should have been more focused in my blogging, like Doug Bowman or Dan Cederholm, whose posts center primarily around design.

    I may not draw the masses or write intelligently about any particular area of expertise, but I take consolation that one day, when I am grey, it is the life experiences that I’d want to remember and not the professional knowledge which would have then become obsolete.

    Thanks Jeffrey, for being part of my life as a blogger and one of my greatest inspirations.

  37. brad said on

    When blogging started getting popular, it reminded me of the CB radio craze in the 1970s. Millions of people back then bought CB radios for their cars, but discovered after a few months that they had little to say beyond “10-4, good buddy, what’s your 20?” In many respects the blogging fad is similar, with three big differences: 1) your potential audience is much bigger, 2) what you say is preserved, instead of disappearing instantly into the ether, and 3) a few hundred, possibly a few thousand, of the bloggers out there have things to say that are worth reading.

    The best thing that has happened to blogging is the gradual acceptance of the fact that bloggers need not post every day, nor even every week. Unless you’re a brilliantly gifted writer, only your mother and a few of your closest friends will want to read you every day. Better to stay quiet until you really have something to say, and then spend a few days, weeks, or even months working on how best to say it.

  38. Rob Mientjes said on

    I blog because I still have fun doing so. I get to write down my thoughts and it’s open to anyone, as opposed to writing for magazines and all that. I get a chance to entertain someone somewhere, sometimes a year, by writing something. I think that’s enough of a reason.

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  40. Ray said on

    It’s kind of like music. Some play and some listen. I think I’d like to play one day but right now I just love to listen.

    If I could keep my bookmarks with my albums and CDs the Daily Report would be right along side Davis and Montgomery.

    Who loves ya ; )

  41. Justin Skolnick said on

    I’ve had a site since 1998. Blogged for five years, gave it up, may soon resume. It’s good practice writing and I miss it.

    Hanan, with the rise of Web Standards David Siegel became a heretic, though he seemed to give up on highfive.com before the movement. It’s been interesting to watch this industry push practice into doctrine over the years.

  42. Jeff Johnson said on

    Hi Jeff,
    Dont Loose your passion,
    even though 11 years is along time,
    the occasional grey hair happens,
    but the days and nights are full, my boys are now teenagers…
    I feel the same way but then again i will also spend time i dont have, log-lurking and writing things that touch on small peices of what i do ( hd1080i.com ) leaving a trail of not yet done stuff that seems to go on and on …
    And i still enjoy the view http://www.dsmj.net/gallery/album01/1viewIMG_1032
    regardless of where i may be at the moment.

    Thanks for keepin on, hopefully next time i’m in NYC i can catch up to you,
    Regs, j

  43. (O_o) nickpan said on

    Hey Jefferey, your entry back in September ’99 “if the great movies had been websites” made me think about the whole purpose of blogging and in my entry “what am I blogging for?” back in ’02 my style of blogging dramatically changed as the audience that mattered became only my close friends and relatives.

    After having 2 kids and trying to make ends meet in Singapore, i’m still fired up about web standards, web design, etc. But my family will always come first.

    Have an enjoyable life. The internet don’t need you as much as your family needs you. ;)

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  45. kimblim said on

    When I started out blogging 5 years ago, I had this idea that I was somehow obligated to update the page on a regular basis, but that’s because I was blogging for all the wrong reasons, like wanting to be famous like that Zeldman-guy ;) Basically I was writing what I thought people would find interesting, and a few years later I lost interest in updating my blog.
    When I took up blogging again, it was mainly to get an outlet for all my thoughts and I missed writing. Now I update my blog when I feel like I have something interesting to share with people, and if no-one cares, that’s fine. I write because I feel like it and more importantly: when I feel like it.

  46. Outlandish Josh said on

    I’m just getting back into it. I took a month off, started a company, going to rebuild a whole blogging system to bring my friends along.

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  48. finelinebob said on

    11 years? Is that all? Kids these days….

    If blogging had started back when I was working on Teletypes with 150 baud acoustic modems timesharing on some mainframe somewhere, then I could regale you with the true trials and tribulations of what it meant to spend copious amounts of time translating thoughts to bits … but it didn’t, so I can’t. Been there, couldn’t do that yet.

    So, I guess all I can say would be to paraphraze something from a movie that came out around the time we upgraded to the 300 baud acoustics using the dot-matrix DECwriters:

    I’m going to give you a little advice. There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the blog.

  49. Mike Cherim said on

    I blog because I still have lots to say. As I write this comment I have nine drafts in my blog. Some are awaiting completion while others are done and I’m just waiting for the last one to be digested before posting a new one. I like to wait at the very least a few days between publishing my thoughts. A side-effect of this self-enforced delay, though, is my thinking continues while my drafts continue to pile up. After eleven years, though… whew, I can just image the old well starting to dry up. ;-)

  50. Jack said on

    I had a technical problem with my server at the beginning of August and haven’t yet bothered to fix it – to be honest, not being able to post to my weblog for a couple of months (after nigh on six years) is thoroughly refreshing. When I do get the sit up and running again, I suspect I’ll be posting twice a day to make up for lost time.

    A lot of people seem to find themselves drifting away, though – I have a folder in my feed reader titled Gone? for largely dormant weblogs, all of which were regularly updated for years on end.

  51. Alex Balaboshko said on

    I am doing lots of different things. But I have half an hour for reading RSS news reserved every day. It’s simple: when I come over something interesting, I note it and move forward. When I have 5 interesting thoughts, I sit down and make my own vision of these things. That’s the most primitive way of blogging, yet rather interesting one.

    It’s nice to know that there’s a place on the WWW, where you can go and read what wise and experienced people write. Sure, there are lots of wonderful blogs, but your is among them. It’s not so easy to publish regularly, but it’s encouraging practice, I believe.

    Thank you.

  52. Fish Sauce said on

    I’m still blogging, although I’m not particularly fired up by it anymore. I still have a lot to say, but my absolutely ridiculous level of financial insecurity makes me feel irresponsible when I spend my time on projects (like my blog) that won’t bring me any money. It’s difficult to stay motivated when making ends meet takes up most of your waking life.

    Part of me thinks that this is the really big distinction in the digital divide; those of us who are hardcore into online communities and the “blogosphere” (I hate that word so much) tend to believe that if folks not into just had the opportunity or the money to be involved that they would, but I’m not so sure. I think that the more of your energy has to go into survival the less value you might find in something unrelated. I know that it’s slowly happening to me. The more I find I have to focus on getting enough to eat the less interest I have in the entire community and its goals, or even what value it has as a community and a passtime.

  53. Merc said on

    Something has to give. Sometimes that something is blogging. I’ve been neck-deep into the internet for over 10 years; and while I still love it, sometimes it must take a backseat to other things in my life. My blog goes through cycles of postings and evolutions of content — which I believe is just how the medium goes.

  54. sacha said on

    I know exactly what you mean. Once you have a family it settles in that nothing else matters, and that the most fulfilling way to spend your time is to feel the happiness of your child laughing, and hugging you. Even changing their nappy.

    I used to be a printer of limited edition hand printed lithographs, and for years I believed in it like a religion. The finest printer I’ve known though put it in perspective for me once as I was freaking out about difficult artists and runny ink- “Its only ink on paper.” he said. I often feel like I need to tell myself the same thing about this- they are only pixels on a screen.

    However, I appreciate what you do, and I thank you. It was my plumber who told me about zeldman.com many years back – not any of the web teachers I had.

    I grew up in DC, and I saw you in your other life playing with the insect surfers, I can’t remember where. Maybe Fort Reno. It was several life times ago.
    Thanks-

  55. Rachel Andrew said on

    I know the feeling – with the additional complication that my daughter is now 9, she has her own online life and I don’t feel right talking about her on my blog. She now searches for things I write about and tells me what she thinks! That and just life keeping me busy means I don’t write as much.

    However, it’s still wonderful to see through your blog and others how our lives have developed in one way or another, how we have grown up with this medium charting our days. I started learning HTML with a baby on my knee because I was bored and lonely and wanted to communicate, and putting up a website was how you communicated with the rest of the web back then. How much has changed in the last decade, yet the need for communication is still there – in 2006 we can do that via a photostream or podcast instead of a blog or personal site, I think that has changed things.

    There’s probably the start of something I should post on my blog right there! Sometimes my blog becomes a source of guilt – I should post – perhaps I need to think about what i want to post there now that life has changed, and then I might feel a bit more inspired!

  56. Patrick said on

    I never really “got” the whole blogging thing. When I started experimenting with the Internet back in 1997 it struck me as something that could be used the move the folk process into an interesting new level. Back in the early 80′s when I was just starting out on the guitar the only way to learn anything new was to hunt down some old coot and badger him to show you a chord, bass run or a song. With this whole world wide web thingamabob there was the possibility of taking that one-on-one experience and expanding it into something huge.

    So I bought a computer, got connected to the web and started trying to figure out ways to teach five-string banjo and guitar with this new technology.

    It worked.

    Sort of.

    Two years ago my hearing, which never was anything to write home about, started to deteriorate and I started using my web site as a tool to archive what I know about music in a format that anybody could use and access.

    I still post new workshops every week, still reach a downright scary number of people every week and I have yet to run into trouble with writers block because I’m still trying to condense a lifetime of experience into a usable archive.

    That said, I miss the days when Zeldman.com was about something other than conferences.

    -Patrick

  57. burt said on

    i’m only an eight year novice, but the fact i’m blogging and the way i’m blogging is all down to a man called jeffrey. busy and brilliant as he is any updates, conferences, thoughts or insights are all welcomed.

    i’m lucky in that my audience is back home, whilst i’m living over the wrong side of the timeline. but even then there are days when nothing interesting happens. who does something news worthy every day? i know plenty of people who think they do – but who actually does.

    keep on keeping on jeffrey!

  58. Bob Sawyer said on

    I’ve all but given up on it. No time for it, and the words just don’t flow like they used to.

  59. Martium said on

    Simplebits and stopdesign seem to have gone the same way.

    Thought about a collective blog a la 37Signals? I’d certainly subscribe to something with authors like Dan, you, Eric, Jeff Veen etc.

  60. Adam said on

    Interest comes and goes. Sometimes I update because I have something to write about, sometimes because I haven’t in a while, sometimes I completely forget for a week.

    I found comment spam more discouraging than anything else so far.

  61. Ara Pehlivanian said on

    I hear ya. Sometimes real world responsibilities just distract from blogging altogether. At times I’m able to post regularly and even work out a new design for my blog. Other times, I’ll go weeks hardly thinking about it. In the final equation, family is more important and will benefit much more from the time you spend with them than us folks in the ether.

  62. Ken said on

    I can understand the difficulties of balancing work, family, blogging and other projects, but at the same time we should consider ourselves lucky. We can blog from home, maybe take a break and spend time with the family if even for a few minutes, even work from home and spend what used to be smoke breaks as family breaks. I have started to see this as a blessing more than a curse, how many other professions get this type of flexibilty? Sure we may work more hours than most when you add it all up, but we have some freedom regarding when and where this work takes place. I tend to get more work done late at night when the rest of the family is asleep, sure I have to get up early, but gives me the perfect chance/excuse to spend time with my favorite client during my lunch break, taking a nap with my 2 year old son.

  63. Egor Kloos said on

    I’ve been blogging for a while (1998) and I’m starting to feel it. The engergy has left me and I find it dificult to get going again. Maybe that’s why my site has been down for a few months now.
    My focus towards web standards has been fun but in life in my work around me I see very little change. It’s like pushing a very reluctant donkey up a mountain. Maybe I should just give up, maybe the donkey will follow. It’s all I’m prepared to hope for.

  64. Michael Wood said on

    The giddy rush of first using what we learned to publish was so very thrilling and I have for the past seven years used my little corner of the Internet to publish a website – BfB we call it – about a football club I follow and in that time my readers have done great things raising the level of debate in what is generally a fairly low level community discussion and two points in that seven years raising massive sums of money to stop the team from going out of business.

    If I had planned how the website could have affected the community seven years ago I could hardly have done it better.

    But I am so tired.

    The website grew into my business which grew into my taking a superb position which takes up much of my time and more of my creative juices as it were. I find that I have nothing left in the tank for BfB. I continue to publish other writers articles and am really proud to do so but I have nothing left to give after seven years and in the hour or so a night I want to be online editing HTML and publishing pages.

    I’m tired but I want to have vigour. I want to continue even just as a staging post for other people’s writing. I want to keep ticking over in the hope that one day I might get enthusiasm back or someone else might come along with something so impressive my site is obsolete.

    Most of what made my site what it is – ideas of publishing and how to respect readers and how to code and what to code – came from ALA and this website. Every Velvet Underground album sold launched a thousand garage bands.

  65. Stephen said on

    I’ve been blogging for over a year now and sometimes I do wonder if it’s really worth it. I try and leave things for a few days for a ‘blog break’ but always think of several subjects that I can’t resist writing about and end up indulging in a mult-post marathon…

    It’s just weighing up the ‘yesses’ , ‘so-sos’ and ‘nos’.
    Does what I say make a difference? No.
    Do I have a readership? So-so.
    Do I enjoy blogging. Mostly, yes.

    So I carry on…

  66. cialog e-cells | Designing with web standards said on

    [...] Kontakt September 29, 2006 21:28 Blahg Blogs, blogging, blah. Source: Zeldman Categories: Designing with web standards [...]

  67. Oliver said on

    Don’t we all get a little older? To me you are some kind of my “webdesign daddy”. #99 really got me all hooked up, let me tell you. Now, you are a daddy, I am a daddy too, and man, there’s only a gap of a few month between the births. You though *cough* are a little less young than I am *cough*.

    What I am trying to tell you is that I can fully understand there’s things more important to you than updating zeldman.com, when you finally find some spare minutes.

    I stopped blogging alltogether. Please don’t. I cannot claim to have been an inspiration to anyone. You have been one and still are one to millions. We take what we get. Hungry men behave like that.

  68. tim said on

    It started out as an experiment. then I started out wanting to change some things. Maybe I helped. Then it was out of vanity. Now it’s passion and at my age passion is something that shouldn’t be squandered.

  69. Morten said on

    Been following you on and off for something like 6 years now, and still return to see if there is anything “exciting”. I cant imagine you giving this up, but dont commit yourself to “us” in any other way than you see fit. Whats been missing from your blog lately is – from my view – a little more personality. Anekdotes from your life, how much you hate yellow snow or what ever. Regularity is unimportant, as long as you post when you feel like it. If you feel like it at all. To me, thats blogging in a nutshell.

  70. Gerald said on

    Oh yes ! I guess the most important question in all the things we do is: Why ? What do I want to tell my grandchildren if they ask me what I did with my life?
    I was a software developer and I had a blog? …

  71. de.maschine » EuroIA2006 Roundup said on

    [...] Zeldman’s take on the W3C. Plus why do you blog? [...]

  72. Dave Woods said on

    Just started mine up again recently and it’s always been a bit of a headache trying to keep it going consistently… I always start off with good intentions and post regularly in the beginning but then a few weeks down it declines to once a week shortly followed by updates once a month.

    Hopefully this time I can keep it going although it’s already starting to resemble links to articles on other sites rather than personal things that’s happening in my life.

  73. south by southwest festivals + conferences said on

    [...] 2005 SXSW Interactive Festival Opening Speaker Jeffrey Zeldman succinctly taps into the loneliness of the long-time personal publisher in the aptly-titled post “Blahg”. He writes, “Gee, was I thrilled when I first realized that, by learning some HTML and buying a modem, I could publish anything I wanted to. Not only could I publish it, but people would see it and respond. My God, those were heady days. Eleven years I’ve been pecking away at this page, and boy are my frontal lobes tired. Every day I think about you and what I want to tell you. There’s so much I still want you to know. But work and family enfold me in an octopus grip. When I finally put two free hours together, updating zeldman.com is not necessarily how I want to spend them. How about you? Still blogging? Still all fired up about it?” [...]

  74. Aaron Gustafson said on

    I’ve found myself much more interested in posting my thoughts and ideas to Flickr or Ma.gnolia than my blog lately (which is why I have worked to include those bits of my life in my RSS feed now). Between them, Upcoming and Plazes, I can get a lot of information out there without having to spend a whole lot more time on the computer. Don’t get me wrong, I live for the web and for doing neat stuff on it, but it’s nice to disconnect too.

    I find myself blogging less often now, but when I do blog, it is usually much more well thought out than it used to be. That doesn’t mean the “blog guilt” is gone, but at least I’ve found a good justification for my dilinquent posting.

  75. Michael Martin said on

    Blogging? Not really.

    I took a notion a while back, that a blog could be alot of fun to run. I had the original thrill of playing with all the little options in WordPress, and making a killer theme, but after that, the excitement of blogging soon wore off…. xD

  76. Jeff said on

    Ever since my dad got online I find myself second-guessing the content of my blog, because he checks it all the time. And I’m 45, for god’s sake. That’s not the only reason for not blogging as much – working on other people’s projects ($$) is another reason, coming home from a 9-5 webmaster job and not being excited about more face time with my monitor is another. And of course, good bike-riding weather means more bike-riding and less of pretty much everything else. Including blogging and other nerd-related activities.

  77. WrightHandPhilosopher said on

    Well,
    Many, many, many years ago – let’s say 20+ years ago – in pre-web days, I got the bug of journaling my ideas into a flat-file database I created.

    Today, 20+ years into the future, that database has over 100,000 entries in the form of micro-essays.

    While this morning I only added 10 new entries, it was more from having to step away to earn a living than from running out of things to write – even after more than 20 years of jotting stuff down.

    So, let me boldly suggest this: From a certain angle in life, I don’t think it’s possible for a human being to run out of things to write about…

  78. Airbag - Boxes. said on

    [...] Boxes. 3 October 06 Jeffrey asks if we’re still excited about “blahgs”. My answer: Not as much. Content is all starting to look the same because of the tools used to manage it and web-two-point-dough has homogenized online content. [...]

  79. Francis Shephard said on

    In many respects I think a good blog has a good purpose, sometimes for the individual, that purpose is just to share their thoughts and perceivably be heard, but there is a vacous nature to blogs, often, and that is fueled by blatant self interest. I often find the best blogs are people who don’t so much talk about themselves, but their role / place in the world, or blogs that discuss issues / politics.

    Tired bloggers are often people who reach the inevitable moment where they realise living is more important than blogging. If I don’t live I dont blog. Its that simple.

  80. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Greg Story nails the problem in an insightful post:

    When content is forced through a entry-commment-trackback-pagerank strainer it all comes out looking the same no matter how the templates are designed. Sure this format is functional but it’s more like a Maersk shipping container than a Volvo s50. This is fine for commercial purposes, the blog is certainly the must-have online marketing device, but I miss those days when content wasn’t confined to categories, calendars, and links to vote a piece of content into a popularity contest.

  81. 27 said on

    Good writing is worth reading regardless of format. I like to think of blogs as an electronic record of how we think and what we care about, much like the letters of Dylan Thomas to Caitlin Macnamara. Okay, maybe not.

  82. ddhr.org said on

    [...] Zeldman wrote a little thing about how he’s tired of writing/blogging and how he hardly has time to do it.  Some of the comments left by readers of his site echo his sentiments, especially, “My rate of blogging has slowed down massively, partly due to being ill and just really not having anything worthwhile blogging happening, which has left me struggling to do just one post a month.”  This presents the obvious question:  “Why blog?” or “Why write?” (if you hate the word “blog”).  [...]

  83. Miss Cellania said on

    I post every day because its so easy and so fun. I’m no writer, but I’ve learned a lot about people, the internet, and my own limitations by doing this. I’ve met folks who have changed my life. I could walk away from it, but there’s no need to right now.

  84. beto said on

    Those of you old enough to remember the original suck.com, raise your hands.

    When blogs began gaining momentum about six years ago, I got into it in full force. Getting to know the guys at Pyra (original makers of Blogger) was another personal milestone. For the first few years, it was amazing to be a pioneer of this whole new thing. I even won one of the first Bloggie Awards ever offered.

    Fast forward four years, where everybody and his grandma has a cookie-cutter blog right now, filled to the gills with stupid YouTube videos and self-righteous, inane rants trying to fullfill Warhol’s 15-minute promise. But the real dealbreaker has been my current, 60+ hour work week. I just don’t have time for it anymore. And if I’ve got some free time, pounding away at a monitor and keyboard is the least of things I’d want to do with it.

    Of course, I have discovered many, many great people and talents through this medium and through the years, many of them still around. I’m grateful for that. Today, separating the wheat from the chaff is harder than ever, and the “return of investment” on the whole blog thing is more and more elusive. For my old fogey eyes at least.

  85. Magnetbox» Blog Archive » A cyclical call to arms for weblogs said on

    [...] There is a two-part emotion I get when I see people like Jeffrey, Greg, and Tomas talk about the lament of blogs and design. [...]

  86. Stephen Hay said on

    Jeffrey, I pride myself on posting once every… oh… three months or so. ;-) I’ve been enjoying your content since 1997. Of course, the wonderful quirkiness of your earlier designs was enticing, but let’s face it, I’m more interested in what you have to say, rather than how often you say it. When you first start off with new things, you immerse yourself, but after a while, things tend to balance naturally. Healthy balance between work and the rest of life. Many of those blogging freelance developers from 2001 are employed or have grown companies or families, and time is scarce and valuable. They’re not blogging as much. We’re no different.

    Nothing wrong with living life. Enjoy!

  87. Martin S. said on

    Dear Jeffrey,

    I’ve been a regular reader of your site since around ’98 (and A List Apart later) and Dr. Web helped me immensely in my early steps in web design.

    However most of all I enjoyed your My Glamorous Life stories. They more than anything showed that there was a really lovely individual behind all these posts. You’re a gifted author and I shall look forward to anything you might dish out in the future, no matter whether it’ll be online or in print.

    Even if you choose to slow down more, that’ll be fine with me – you’ve given so much already.

    Take care! :-)

    Best Martin

    PS: I miss the orange, too.

  88. WD Milner said on

    I use my blog basically as a way to write editorial style pieces, and practice putting such things together. Hopefully what I write (if anyone really reads it regularly will find it useful).

    That said I’m getting the “blahs” when it comes to reading other people’s blogs.

    I used to enjoy looking at the interesting designs people used to come up with, adn the interesting things they often had to say, or news item I hadn’t seen. In the last 6 months or so, I’ve started seeng less and less new interesting content. Oh there i still lost new and intertesting to read, but more and more as site owners strive not to be unique and informative but high traffic/ranked and monetize their efforts, many sites – often the more mainstream and popular ones – are just a circe of regurgiated stories eg “so-and-so said on their blog that …” or “the news item posted on site A has an interesting analysis that says blahblahblah which can be found on site B. Add in trackback, pinkbacks, comment spam and it’s just one big pile of redundant words waiting to implode.

    All this works to increase everyone’s traffic stats, and maybe in the odd case when someone may click on an advert make a few cents, it does little to feed that sense of adventure one used to feel when surfing – especially among personal websites – when one wasn;t sure what the next one would look like (they are becoming rpetty homogeneous nowadays) or have to say.

    Your’s is one of the few I check on any regualr basis anymore as there is usually something I find worth reading. Even if it’s to note you are one of the few that managed to get an ISSN number. Hang in there!

  89. omahorst said on

    I definitely blog less than I used to. Partly because I think the Internet has become a bit boring — in a good way.

  90. Glenndavid said on

    i know exactly how you feel, but i tried to ease it for myself, and choose a platform that easy to publish, so on wordpress i can just write, and shoot.
    A post from time to time, that does the job for me…

  91. Jonathan Dobres said on

    I found this post via Airbag, where I left a comment. I wrote a much longer version at my own site, which I suppose you can get to by clicking on my name here. Short answer: I still enjoy writing on the web, even if it’s not like it was in the old days.

  92. jrparsons said on

    I started a blog a couple of years ago. I pursued it for a while. But then I started to feel that blogging was kind of like stripping down to my underwear in public — or, worse. I think it’s different if you’re involved in work other people are interested in or have something compelling to say. Me? I’m just sort of same-o, same-o, day in and day out.

  93. mikey said on

    i’ve grew tired of blogging a couple months ago, simply put, i ran out of stuff to say. i still want to write though, and i really hope i get interested in it again. it’s fascinating to go through the stuff i wrote over the past four years to see how much i’ve grown and changed. i’m hardly the same person anymore!

    maybe i’ll mix it up a bit and instead of “blogging” maybe i’ll spend some time posting my favorite recipes, reviews of books i’ve read, some howto’s related to skills i know very well, etc.

  94. Objects and Pixels said on

    [...] I think this blog is officially turning into a photoblog… :-) Also interesting to read popular bloggers asking questions about “blahg-ing”: How about you? Still blogging? Still all fired up about it? – Zeldman [...]

  95. SELaplana said on

    Am i still blogging? well i am still on blogging although sometimes i spent my time spamming… hehehe.

  96. bellalace said on

    I’ve been writing about my own foibles for a good many years now and have become quite complacent on the relay, but my reasoning is because there is already so much information out there, so much that we have to touch on every single day, that I have wondered what more I can actually offer to the mix.

    Because a few of my clients have wanted to start their own business (law) blogs, I have bypassed my waning glow for disseminating what occurs in my sphere. It causes me to pay closer attention to the details of that sphere, to sift through the muck to find the gold, then put that into words. I haven’t done a daily in years. But a weekly or even a monthly can be good enough when it comes to getting those gems out to our audiences. I’m still surprised at my own stats, wondering who on earth consistently logs in and reads my rants.

    Blagh on whenever you can. We’re always listening.

  97. celofane » Arquivos » links #10-10-2006 said on

    [...] # Ainda entusiasmado com blogs? A pergunta de Jeffrey Zeldman. [...]

  98. Gianluca said on

    Eleven years in this business me too, Jeffrey…

    And exactly like you, today I’m often finding better ways to spend my spare time…

    Are we dischanted?

    No, just fathers ;)

  99. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Are we dischanted?

    No, just fathers ;)

    :D

  100. Blahgorrhea » Blog Archive » Jeffrey steals my “blahg” said on

    [...] Zeldman takes one from Kolesky 10.10.2006 Looks like great Jeffrey’s think alike: Blahg. [...]

  101. Ephram Zerb » I Blagh, Therefore I am (Pretentious) said on

    [...] I don’t remember who exactly said, something to the effect of, “every web designer should be blogging.” For some reason, I tend to attribute that bit of wisdom to Jeffrey Zeldman. But then again, I attribute (and probably misattribute) a lot to JZ. Having said that, I was surprised to read his somewhat-jaded depiction of self-publishing, later echoed by Greg Storey, as I set out to launch this blog. [...]

  102. roe said on

    Still here! :) The ‘Cake turned seven years old this May — so far, my blogging life has tracked one marriage, one divorce, five deaths, two moves, and countless cups of coffee and bottles of wine.

    I think as long as life continues to happen, my blog will still be around. Sometimes I’ll post every day…sometimes I’ll post once per year. But I’ll keep posting my shout-outs to the world until…well, until I don’t have to anymore. :)

    I will say that my style has changed…I don’t talk as much about the deeply personal things anymore, now my entries are shorter and lighter. That’s okay; there’s not so much tragedy right now, either, at least not in my family and not right this second.

    Keep blogging — whenever you have time — even if you write about staring at your toes, I know it will be interesting. (LOOK! TOES!)

  103. Reinspire :: What are your RSS habits? said on

    [...] I’ve read a couple of postings over the past few days on the state of personal websites these days (Jeffrey Zeldman’s “Blahg” and Greg Storey’s answer to that over at Airbag titled “Boxes”) and they (and some of their comments) have gotten me to thinking about how people use RSS feeds. [...]

  104. chris said on

    More than anything, it’s finding a balance in the scheme of media. While I used to spend more time writing and reading, I like to think I’m becoming efficient in both pursuits.

    The fire is not as intense, but it’s still there. If only because I find blogging and reading ‘blogs to be a relief from watching tv, hearing the news, and playing videogames that aren’t very innovative or rewarding.

  105. John said on

    I am down right sick of it. I took a few months off after a few years of blogging, and then I started a new one, and can’t stick with it though. Four kids is a lot to deal with.

    Worse, I am getting sick of reading blogs. When it started there were fresh voices saying interesting things. Now days, it seems everyone is shouting the same thing. And to add to the noise, there are blogs of those who shout about what others are shouting.

    I hit a turning point recently when Adam Corolla was talking about his indie blog that discussed indie bands on his blog. He said blog, and indie so many times that I started to ask ” When a main stream DJ/VJ/Celeb discusses Indie Music on a Main Stream Blog, is it Indie? ”

    My point is this, the whole blog idea was very indie/zine/punk in the beginning. But now that the entire world is shouting about the mocha java latte they drank from starbucks this morning, the blog scene is main stream. And not as cool, or fun. Kind of like what happened to punk rock.

    When I walked away from the blogging community for a few months, I realized how meaningless it is. It’s like a video game, you play it, and its fun. Months later, you forget about it altogether.

  106. A Tip for the Web 2.0 generation [rebelpixel productions] said on

    [...] These days, almost everyone is into running a weblog and trying to make money online. The availability of WordPress and cheap hosting has enabled every dreamer to go into micro–content publishing and cash their part of the AdSense pie. However, the weblog plus adsense formula has only led to eerily–similar sites, many of which bordering on content theft or simply just not providing anything valuable at all. That’s a point of argument, though certainly today’s web is not much different compared to a huge echo chamber. Even this entry echoes these entries. [...]

  107. seraphic zephyr : blog : spilling the beans on blogging said on

    [...] Yesterday I read Jeffrey Zeldman’s entry on his website regarding blogging. His views mimic mine: “Gee, was I thrilled when I first realized that, by learning some HTML and buying a modem, I could publish anything I wanted to. Not only could I publish it, but people would see it and respond. My God, those were heady days. [...]

  108. Eloquation » Blog Archive » Battling the Blahg said on

    [...] A few days ago, Jeffrey Zeldman wrote a wonderful blog post on the malaise of blogging when there’s so much more to do.  Do go and read it before reading the rest of this post, it is quite telling when such an influential individual starts to question all the hype. [...]

  109. » Project Management App in Beta + more » Christian Graphic Design, Art and Community - Niphal.com said on

    [...] While I’m on it, I’m sure you have read the recent Fireside Chats with Dan Cederholm, Jason Santa Maria, Ryan Sims, and Greg Storey? Good stuff. As well, I found a great link to Greg’s book at Airbag Industries. Peep that for prosperity. That is a beautiful rendition of an online portfolio. Spend more time on his site reading this post: Boxes. It references the Almighty’s post on blogs. [...]

  110. steve said on

    it’s a hobby and still fun to do. if i posted anything original, instead of cut and paste, it would have gone dry long ago.

  111. Shabby chic web design - (37signals) said on

    [...] Reminds me of some of the recent discussions about boring, boxed-in web design (see Blahg or Boxes or this chat). In the quest for perfectly aligned grids, are designers missing out on the subtlety and charm that comes from things that are imperfect but human? [...]

  112. charmarie said on

    I did in the beginning as did everyone but I think over time the passion does change. When I first started blogging in 2004 and I know I’ve changed from my original intent. My blog was supposed to be personal and a daily account of things or people I encounter and for some reason it changed. I’m back to the original purpose and I’ve learned just blog for myself not for anyone else and it will come out how you want it to.

  113. Stephanie Booth said on

    I think long-distance bloggers need breaks every now and again. I’ve never done the “blog every day thing”, and I know that if I’ve kept at it these last six years or so (nothing compared to you, I know) it’s because every now and again I go a few weeks without publishing anything. Or a few months with one post a week.

  114. Manufactured Environments said on

    The blog revolution is officially over!

    You heard it here first, folks. The blog revolution is officially over! The insane growth of the blogging space is finally done, and Jacky-come-lately’s are leaving blogging in droves. There’s been a clear descent of blogging over the past six…

  115. Macnerdz said on

    i don’t think that the blog revolution is over yet.

  116. Bruceclay.com - October 2006 Archives said on

    [...] Jeffrey Zeldman (via Kim) breaks the news to his blog that though he still cares about it deeply, it’s time for the two of them to start seeing other people. [...]

  117. Merlin’s Meltdown said on

    [...] timing isn’t surprising either; Merlin wouldn’t be the first high-profile blogger to hit a wall a few years in, nor the first to do so after becoming a parent. (Yes, I believe this changes [...]

  118. 37signals | Design (Mix) Business said on

    [...] me of some of the recent discussions about boring, boxed-in web design (see Blahg or Boxes or this chat). In the quest for perfectly aligned grids, are designers missing out on the [...]

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