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    I'm with you. Sometimes I can bang out four or five posts at a time so I have a reserve. Other times I can't get a paragraph out that I like. I agree that multiple sources of inspiration are a good thing. Series or round-up posts are also fun. I do a round-up post every Friday for our embroidery blog where I link to and discuss posts from other bloggers in the industry. It's actually turned into something people look forward to reading.

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    Having that every week post like the roundup is good and it frees you from having to find one more idea for the week. I know you don't like forcing writing when it's not coming, but I think it's necessary to get through those times when you aren't feeling inspired. Sometimes I just need to write out one or two posts that I don't like before finding my way into inspiration and I often find a way to rework the posts I didn't like sometime later. If you wait for inspiration to come back you find yourself not writing anything for awhile.

    The lack of occasional inspiration is also why I break the process of creating a post into several steps. When the inspiration to write isn't there for a day I can still edit drafts, or make notes and do some research for other posts. That way I can always be moving forward with some aspect of the blog.
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    Yeah, I know you and I have had the inspiration discussion several times. I agree with what you're saying, but I also think that each writer has to find the style that works best for them. I also think it makes a difference for what you're writing. A personal blog that's just for fun doesn't need a regular post schedule and can be updated whenever. A blog that's for a business, or is intended to grow into something that could be a business needs a more disciplined schedule and maybe a bit more push on posts.

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    I also think that each writer has to find the style that works best for them.
    I completely agree, however the waiting for inspiration argument comes across to me more like an excuse to not try than anything else. True not every blog needs to be updated every day or on a regular schedule. If we're talking a personal blog that's there just to share some thoughts when you feel like it, then sure wait for the inspiration. If you're talking about a blog that's for business or even a personal one you where hope to build a following and audience you can't wait for inspiration to write. Obviously each person has to decide which kind of blog they want to write for themselves.

    The thing with inspiration is it mainly comes when you actively work to encourage its arrival. Sometimes circumstances happen to create that encouraging environment, but you don't need to wait for circumstances. You can do more to actively bring inspiration in general and to the point where it's close by whenever you want to write and comes calling when you want.
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    I personally try to reply to the comments right there on my blog, however like you guys have already stated I too like to reply with an e-mail or with a new post if the question is too in depth.
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    I think that's fairly common. At some point what you want to say is longer than what's typical for a blog comment and it's worth posting some other way. Of course I have seen some comments that were longer than the post they were commenting on.
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    This is a great discussion, I have a question though. Do you find that many people see your reply comment? I was reading a few articles about this last week and it seems many people are concerned that after their readers comment they don't check the subscribe to comments box, so they won't actually see your response, which is why some people respond via email. But, on the other hand, if you only respond via email other readers will just think you didn't answer their question so they might be less likely to engage. Do you guys have any thoughts on this?

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    If people check the subscribe to comments they should get an email letting them know there's been a reply. Plenty of people have come back to my blog to carry on a conversation. Not everyone checks the box though. I know I always don't. If you're commenting on a popular blog you can be inundated with emails telling you about replies.

    If you require some kind of registration you might find people come back in general and can be alerted to more comments, however requiring registration probably leads to less comments in the first place, since many people won't want to register to comment.

    One of the reasons I reply to comments isn't so much to have a conversation going with the one person, but to show other people I will reply to their comments and I won't ignore them. I think that leads to more people commenting a first time. I know when I've visited blogs and see lots of comments with no reply from the blogger I assume why bother commenting and it sends a message that the blogger doesn't really care about his or her audience.
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    I've had some people come back and reply to a comment that I made in response to a comment they had made on one of the blogs I write. Other people never acknowledge that there was a response. If they're interested in a response, I think they'll check the subscribe to comments box, or include in the comment some other way that you can get in touch with them. That's been my experience anyway.

    Totally agree with Vangogh about the replies being as much to let other potential commentators know you will reply as it is about replying to whatever question was asked or comment made. If you, as the blogger, reply to those who take the time to express their opinions, it inspires more people to interact which is really the name of the game.

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    I respond to all comments on the blog -- WordPress is set up to do that conveniently and informs the commenter automatically that a response exists. It keeps people coming back to the blog, and it also makes it easy to find and refer to my previous responses.

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