30 September 2014 1 Comment
I sent out a heartfelt and somewhat random tweet the other day, about loving how people use the #tabit tag.
No doubt, there were those of you who thought, ‘What the heck is #tabit? What’s she on about? Why am I following this person?”
#tabit is a hashtag that stands for “there’s a blogpost in that”. This phrase is dropped regularly into face-to-face and online conversations among various #circleofniceness buddies, including myself and Inger Mewburn (@thesiswhisperer).
In the discussion that followed my tweet, Francis Woodhouse (@fwoodhouse) suggested #tametabit: ‘there’s a meta blogpost in writing about using #tabit to flag good material’.
And, as is so often the case though we wish it were otherwise, Francis was correct.
When managing a blog, and speaking with others who do, a constant issue that’s brought up is the difficulty of maintaining the flow of content. It’s the key issue for whether blogs survive or fail in their first year. New bloggers may go nuts with posts for the first few months, then settle into a pattern of slightly sparser postings. As long as these postings stay constant and valuable, that’s not a problem.
It’s when they start getting further apart, with months of no activity, that problems set in. This is how blogs start to die.