One of the reasons I started blogging over here, aside from the fact I eventually got an invite to Vox back in the beta days, was that I felt the readers of my main blog, where I write about VoIP, Telecom, and Technology, may not be want to constantly be exposed to things like,for instance, pictures of my kids or a random thought about stuff goingon at home. Or other things not related to VoIP, Telecom, andTechnology. By having another place to write, I can keep things separate. Everyone wins.
Partof the challenge of keeping more than one blog is keeping them active.Some days, I struggle quite a bit to post something on both blogs eachday. Most of the time, I can manage, though there is still 1 or 2 daysa month I can't quite manage it. And I try and generate unique content for each blog. I rarely crosspost things, though I felt it was necessary on this blog. That's forgivable as a reader of aregularly updated blog written by one person.
Once in a while,something major happens. Blogging, at least as it happens normally,stops. For example, power outages here at the end of 2006 made itdifficult for me to blog for a few days. I posted brief notes to bothof my blogs to let everyone know I was still alive. This past week, mybuddy Ken Camp, who writes on both his IP Adventures and Realtime Unified Communications blog had to deal with the fact his wife ruptured her intestine and spent a couple of days in the ICU. Obviously, dealing with that became front-and-center in his life.
WhileKen didn't post much to his blogs during the ordeal, aside from an oddsnapshot from the hospital to his Vox blog, he did manage to eek out afew updates on Twitter to give us an idea something was wrong. Theupdates were very brief and to the point. We knew something was up, andthus his absence from his blogs was completely understandable.
It was nice that Ken followed up and posted an epilogue to his experiences on both his "highly visible" blogs. While Ken may be struggling with the privacy implications, problogger.net's Darren Rowse suggests this helps build credibility as a blogger. Not that Ken needs more credibility in my book.
In any case, my thoughts are with Ken and his wife. Let's hope her recovery continues to go well.