Thinking about the future….

Over the past few months, I have done two things consistently on my blog: post photos and do Motivational Monday.

And that’s pretty much it.

Sure I have shared things about the worthless dogs who did not care about someone (or what ended up being something) getting into the backyard in the middle of the night.  And at times I write about other things here and there.  But generally speaking, I’m just not writing as much as I used to do.

This week as I realized I had about 6 different posts written but never published, I asked myself “Am I just done with blogging? Is it time to do something else?”

I started blogging a long time ago — almost 9 and a half years ago now.  Holy shit – has it been that fucking long? Wowza.  But anyway, during that time, I have watched my fellow bloggers hit the same point – asking themselves if it is time to shutter the blog and move on.

Over the years, I stopped following my blogger friends mainly because we were more than just blogger friends – we were friends – connected on Facebook under our real names, responding publicly to things, and keeping our secret lives alive on Twitter or even on Fetlife if that is where that went.  Other blogger friends kind of got trimmed out of life along the way as maybe boundaries were disrespected or they got too forward.  (Yeah, I think we’ve all had our shares of those people.)    Blogging became not the way we kept up and connected with people as much as the other means did.

Plus, let’s be honest, it’s easier to give snippets on social media platforms than look at a blank blogger page and wonder what to type, is it enough, will people read it, etc.  And when reading, it’s easier to hit the “like” button or the “love” button than to take time write a real comment.

God, social media has ruined us, hasn’t it?

I know people still read my blog.  I can see that when I open up my stats.  I interact on Twitter with people who comment.  And once in a while, I’ll even get a good comment or two.  (Crazy ones that I ignore.) I know people also have subscribed to it which means they read it via an email and not the site (hi, SB!)  And I guess that is what has me on the fence about things.  That and the fact I do like writing – just haven’t been taking the time as I once did.

Before I decide the ultimate fate of the blog, I have decided to give myself the month of October to either get back into writing something daily (more than just a motivational Monday or posting some photos) or fail at writing something daily which will tell me it’s time to move along.

From those of you who stopped blogging but still read mine, do you miss it? What do you miss about it? Have you considered starting something new again? What would you do differently if you did?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Hubman says:

    I do miss it, sometimes, but never enough to start again. If I recall correctly, I shut down the hangout in Feb 2013, after almost 5 years of blogging. I let the self-hosted blog disappear but I still had my WordPress-hosted blog in mothballs (still do, actually) and made some half-hearted attempts to return but my heart wasn’t in it.

    One piece of advice- if you do decide to give it up, before you lose/delete the self-hosted blog, save it somewhere. I exported most of the contacts of mine to a new WordPress url and also have a pdf file of all the posts (@Domsigns told me about an export tool), so those 5 years of blog content didn’t just disappear.

    1. emmyrtws says:

      Good advice about saving things. I have a copy of it somewhere but I need to do it on a more frequent schedule.

      I do miss reading your blog, btw 🙂

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