Last week I wrote about Arianna Huffingtons’ book Thrive, and the impact the book had on me. And still has. It moved me to rethink my life. And also my blogging strategy, the way I embedded blogging in my life. I’ve always appreciated quality over quantity. With a full-time job, projects on the side and a big family, I just can’t post qualitative articles on a very regular basis. Add something valuable. And I don’t want Quarterlife Adventures to become an empty publishing machine.
I did some research on the internet and in my head. I feel like there is a tendency where bloggers write for the sake of publishing, and readers read for the sake of fast and thoughtless entertainment more and more. True inspiration doesn’t come to you by reading tons of ‘list’ blogposts, other peoples diaries or masked advertisement online. It comes from Life. From real people. From the World.
Let’s all move back there, out of our digital realities. Try to visit the internet less frequently. See the beauty around you. Write on paper with a real pen. And type it all up once you feel happy about what you’ve written. Because blogging still is a beautiful way of sharing information, inspiration and stories about life. Super accessible for anyone. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have discovered some bloggers from all over the world and their beautiful style of writing, living, thinking. So keep publishing. For some that might be every day, for others every week. Maybe even ‘only’ once a month. That’s ok. As long as the piece adds value. Reduce information pollution, please.
Because less is more. Sometimes the internet can feel like a large chicken coop where in the end you only hear the people that screamed the loudest, published the most. Not the people who had the most interesting things to say. Quantity suddenly trumped quality. How and why did that happen?
Slow blogging has existed for some years already. Google the words, and you’ll find tons of results. It’s great. The New York Times even featured an article on the subject.
For me, Slow Blogging has the following meaning: it’s about thinking about your posts instead of publishing for the sake of publishing. If you have a lot to say and time to write beautiful pieces, please do publish. But only in that case. Write about what you love, inspire others by letting them share in what drives you. In what goes on in your life and the treasures you’ve found in this beautiful thing called life. What I would love is to encourage people to become a Slow Blogger. If you publish only once a month, but the post is beautiful, people should read it.
Quarterlife Adventures Monthly Newsletter
That’s where the monthly Quarterlife Adventures Slow Blogging newsletter comes in. Or it’s more of a monthly digital magazine. A newsletter that you can print. One that you can read in the garden without any (online) distractions. It’s not a short one, but it’s a good one. I’ll put together a valuable newsletter with quality lifestyle-related blogpost. So you can detach yourself from all screens, or from the 20 tabs you normally have opened, and just concentrate on one thing. Read valuable content pieces and articles related to real life, to offline-life. To turn off your mobile, your internet connection. Return to the here and now, to where the real life happens.
You can sign up immediately, if you’re interested!?
Positive effects of Slow Blog Reading
– Increased productivity and concentration; you will never be provided with unneccessary ‘empty’ information. Don’t cloud your thinking.
– The articles you read are worth reading, and will help you relax and release.
– First steps in defeating your online addiction.
– Monthly Quarterlife Adventures newsletter which you can read offline. Yes, it’s a long one. But you can print it out and go sit in your garden with a cup of tea.
– Provide you with valuable lifestyle-related content to make your Quarterlife more beautiful and intens. But, we try to keep the amount of time you sit behind a screen to a minimum.
What Slow Blogging does for bloggers:
– Only publish pieces of content that you can be proud of, because it is thought through and not published in a hurry.
– No more unrealistic deadline stress and resulting uninspired posts (“I have to publish an article every day!” Come on now, who has time to read all of those quickly typed up posts about…well, nothing).
– You will be able to keep that blogging passion for a long time. It won’t fade away because you feel like you ‘have to’. Just publish what you feel really proud of.
– As a result: you will have a high quality blog that people love because of the content quality. Not because of the quantity of posts.
Are we in this together?
Now I can’t do this alone. And my Slow Blogging project, and the monthly newsletter, are still under construction. So I was thinking, why not combine our blogging super-powers?
Drop me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or contact me via twitter (@quarterlife_adv). Let’s discuss how we can turn Slow Blogging from an exception into a great big, valuable movement!
Let’s start Slow Blogging! (Oh and check out the Slow Blog banner, whatchathink? Feel free to adjust and use it :-))
(Psst 2: it took me about 4 days of thinking and 3 hours of typing and adjusting to write this. Now, that must count as a slow blog, right?! And I still feel nervous…)