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1) Don't apologize. Every online community has serious attrition losses, if we got "mad" at everyone who started posting on a website and then stopped we'd 1) lose our minds and 2) obviously have WAY too much time on our hands. So you don't owe the world anything. Writing your excuses and explaining how it'll all change and feeling guilty for not being better... all a waste of energy.

2) Post up some short ideas. This place is not an essay for grade school, not every entry needs an introduction, three body paragraphs and conclusion. A few sentences can be enough.

3) Schedule your entries out into the future. Nearly all of my entries are scheduled posts, obviously I do not take time at 10AM on a weekday to write in livejournal but it's a nice time to get readers and comments. I get a warm fuzzy knowing that I've got entries set up for a week of posting every 2-3 days and it takes the pressure off of me having to write something TODAY. When I look at my journal and I've had a regular cadence of posts I'm proud of myself and think well hey, this isn't too hard to keep going.

4) Have a place, on your phone or a notepad, to make a note of topics for entries you'd like to write about later. When I do have time to sit down and blog it'll often involve tackling 3-4 things that have been on my mind.

5) Make sure your community is alive. Here are my tips. Commenting and seeing what other people are writing about will inspire you.

6) You're doing great. Writing is good for you. Do it!

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Feb. 16th, 2017 08:16 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I like this. I do apologise sometimes when I've been away and I don't regret it or feel it's a waste of energy. It's a few words, nothing more. I also don't mind when someone else apologises. It's like a nice way of saying 'Hey, I've missed you guys. I'll keep in touch more'. I wouldn't say for me it's motivated by guilt although I can't speak for others.

I also think it's quite nice when someone else apologises. It means, for me, that they're stating an intention to come back and saying 'Don't forget me, I'm still here!'
Feb. 16th, 2017 08:22 pm (UTC)
Without wanting to sound horribly negative though, I like all the other points! I've recently began writing one and scheduling another when I have time, and if I don't have the energy to write and schedule a full one, I'll draft my next scheduled one as there's time to edit it. I do love full entries though, but that's just my writing style!
Feb. 17th, 2017 12:13 am (UTC)
I have never scheduled things ahead of time on LJ. Usually, I post immediately, and then I edit that post three times to do away with the typos that I notice after I receive the first comment.
Feb. 17th, 2017 12:25 pm (UTC)
You're got some good ideas. While I've been posting pretty regularly, I've been wanting to expand out on the subject of those posts. Scheduling them ahead of time sounds like a good idea, and a good way to start.
Feb. 18th, 2017 06:12 pm (UTC)
What a well timed entry! I'm just getting back to LJ after a hiatus because of everything Life-y.
Feb. 19th, 2017 03:29 pm (UTC)
I love these ideas, i already do some of them, like keep notes on what i want to post about but i will start the other points. I figure apologizing : to each his own. I apologize cause i really feel bad but maybe i won't feel bad anymore now. Thanks so much for sharing the info, i appreciate it :)
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