Poll: Should I keep going?
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 03-11-2014, 01:49 PM
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  • Lutebro
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  • Olympia, WA
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I had a thought today as I was posting on my blog Nicks and Weepers that I was reinventing the wheel. These forums are doing the exact same thing I'm doing but on a scale much larger and way better than I could ever do. The perspective I was trying to give was that of a new'ish' wet shaver learning the ropes but my post today on brush cleaning gave me another thought. If people are reading this thinking I know exactly what I'm doing then they are going to be sorely mistaken. This is a learning thing for me that I wanted to share with others.

I have a 4 year old and a 9 week old at home so time is tight but I enjoy blogging so went for it. Now I'm wondering if this is even worthwhile. Why should people come to my blog when they can come here and learn all that they need to know from a collective instead of some newbie?

Anyone have thoughts on this? I have no problem stopping the blog if i'm wasting my time or doing something that doesn't have value but I wanted to check with others. Thanks so much for your input in advance. And don't go easy on me, I work in an animal shelter and therefore have some pretty thick skin!

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 03-11-2014, 02:27 PM
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  • Harvey
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  • North Hills CA
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Do what you feel like doing and one thing about this wonderful country is that it is OK to express yourself...perhaps like the doctors oath..."do no harm"...otherwise have fun !!!!

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 03-11-2014, 02:31 PM
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  • blzrfn
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Well, I would encourage you to spend your free time in a way that you feel is rewarding. Some people watch TV, others surf eBay, I roast coffee and restore vintage shaving stuff and you have found an interest in blogging. If it is personally satisfying, then keep on rocking. If you are trying to make money on the side, while possible, it takes a lot of work and a lot of traffic before advertisers will take notice. You also will need to build a bit of credibility and keep your content fresh before you even get people to visit regularly. Whatever you decide, good luck and enjoy your family (always my first priority too).

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 03-11-2014, 02:37 PM
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You could just blog about your own personal experiences and what works for you. But, you're right, there's a lot of ground already covered. Vintage shaving as we know it has been around for over a century now.

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 03-11-2014, 02:39 PM
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  • Lutebro
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  • Olympia, WA
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(03-11-2014, 02:37 PM)asharperrazor Wrote: You could just blog about your own personal experiences and what works for you. But, you're right, there's a lot of ground already covered. Vintage shaving as we know it has been around for over a century now.

That's part of where I'm at on this. It's all been covered and if people have questions or need tips they come to the forums. I am just having trouble seeing what I have to offer others. I get slightly obsessive about things, go like crazy and then burn out so am trying to get out of that cycle... this might not be helping. Smile

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 03-11-2014, 02:46 PM
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It's your time, and I bet you reach folks who aren't on a shave forum. If you only reach folks who are on shave forums, then it's probably a waste of time. But again, it's your time.

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 03-11-2014, 02:51 PM
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  • Stubbl E
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  • Lake Tahoe, California
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I wouldn't worry too much about it if I were you. It's only the internet after all, which IMO is always secondary or tertiary information, at best. Basically it's like taking advice from friends or family - some bits you weigh more heavily than others, but in the end you rely on your own experiences much more so than anything else. So long as your intentions are good I wouldn't worry about how it's taken.

On the other hand there's always been a certain a
element that's just plain gullible; and there always will be.

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 03-11-2014, 04:05 PM
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i would specialize into something that i am particularly interested in and make that my main theme for the whole blog. forums are about everything so i would choose a very narrow path as my red thread Smile

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 03-11-2014, 07:47 PM
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You will have to decide where to direct and focus your time to. If you really enjoy your blog and you have time for it, then keep at it until you see it is no longer fruitful or fulfilling.
Best of luck.

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 03-11-2014, 08:14 PM
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  • Lutebro
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  • Olympia, WA
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Thank you all so much for your great ideas and advice. I think i'm going to keep going with it. I may only update it once a week but I'll make sure the content is good. I revamped my links to be a bit more organized and targeted. Let me know what you think and if you have any more ideas. You guys/gals rock!

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 03-11-2014, 08:23 PM
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 03-11-2014, 08:25 PM
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  • Lutebro
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(03-11-2014, 08:23 PM)jungleisneutral Wrote: Forget all the advice to specialise. Just keep doing what you've been doing up to now.

Doesn't matter if a forum is discussing the same topic since most google searchers will give priority to succinct blog posts over having to hunt around in forums anyway.

Thanks for that. I'm going to keep doing what i'm doing in a more organized and less stressful way. Keep on the lookout for me... I have ideas now!

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 03-11-2014, 08:49 PM
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My blog is 3/5 what lather and brush I used any given day, and the rest are cross-postings of stuff I post here and links to shaving related articles and things I find interesting about this hobby... yet people still visit, and once in a blue moon I get an email asking how to get into wetshaving. To me, it is worth doing.

If you enjoy blogging, then you should keep doing it until you don't enjoy it no more... it's as simple as that.

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 03-11-2014, 11:40 PM
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If you're looking at a business model; probably not very profitable without a lot of work and reinvention of the wheel as you said. But there's plenty of people growing up as we speak. Blogging isn't new and untouched anymore.

But as something you like doing, who cares how many followers you have?

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 03-15-2014, 08:53 AM
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I think your blog is more personal. You have kids. There may be a time when they'd like to read what their dad wrote, and having it in your own spot on the internet makes it more special.

P.S. I might fix a few typos, though. Smile

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 03-15-2014, 10:34 AM
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  • Lutebro
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  • Olympia, WA
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(03-15-2014, 08:53 AM)RaleighJazzFan Wrote: I think your blog is more personal. You have kids. There may be a time when they'd like to read what their dad wrote, and having it in your own spot on the internet makes it more special.

P.S. I might fix a few typos, though. Smile

Thanks for that, you're totally right. I intentionally put in tr typos to make it more "real" :p

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 03-16-2014, 02:54 PM
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(03-11-2014, 01:49 PM)Lutebro Wrote: I had a thought today as I was posting on my blog Nicks and Weepers that I was reinventing the wheel. These forums are doing the exact same thing I'm doing but on a scale much larger and way better than I could ever do. The perspective I was trying to give was that of a new'ish' wet shaver learning the ropes but my post today on brush cleaning gave me another thought. If people are reading this thinking I know exactly what I'm doing then they are going to be sorely mistaken. This is a learning thing for me that I wanted to share with others.

I have a 4 year old and a 9 week old at home so time is tight but I enjoy blogging so went for it. Now I'm wondering if this is even worthwhile. Why should people come to my blog when they can come here and learn all that they need to know from a collective instead of some newbie?

Anyone have thoughts on this? I have no problem stopping the blog if i'm wasting my time or doing something that doesn't have value but I wanted to check with others. Thanks so much for your input in advance. And don't go easy on me, I work in an animal shelter and therefore have some pretty thick skin!

I did not vote. This is a YMMV question and it is totally up to you. If you feel the need go for it. I will tell you that you reach different people on your blog than just the hardcore you reach on the forums.

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