I seem to be constantly going back and forth between having too many post ideas and not having enough. The thing is, though, that when I don't have a lot of ideas, it usually just means that I don't think I have enough to say about anything to actually make a post. Which poses an interesting question: how long do posts need to be?
In particular, I'm thinking about discussion posts. I have a lot of bookish things I want to discuss, and discussion posts seem like one of the best ways to share my thoughts. But sometimes, my thoughts aren't fully-formed, or aren't that complex. I usually shy away from writing about those ideas because I don't think I have enough material to justify a post. But why don't I think I have enough? I've been a little behind on writing posts in advance, so it seemed like I was running into this question more and more often.
And after a while of thinking about that, I had my little breakthrough: I'm thinking about discussion posts like essays. I don't feel happy with one unless I give a nice little introduction, explore my thoughts in detail, provide good examples, and come to some sort of conclusion, which usually ends up being a pretty long post. I don't know when this started, or why I do it. Because the thing is, blog posts aren't academic essays. Obviously. I mean, they can be. If that's what you want your blog to be like, then by all means, go for it! But I've been making myself miserable over this, and if I want to keep up my blog, I need to stop thinking like that.
So think of this as my incredibly belated New Year's Resolution. I'm going to write more discussions, because I'm not going to pressure myself to write as much about each topic. And who knows? If I don't feel like I have to write super-long posts, maybe I'll be able to work my way up to three posts a week! (Eventually. I'll try for a couple of occasional bonus posts first.)
Do you try to make your posts a certain length? Have you ever had to break yourself of any blogging habits that didn't work for you? Tell me in the comments!