A friend at the publishing house where I work recently sent around this article titled, “Why Bloggers Are Calling It Quits.” The article cites a couple prominent writers who blazed the blogging trail but have recently abandoned the blogosphere. It got me thinking about whether I should jump ship as well.
After all, there are some compelling reasons to stop blogging.
- I would have more time with my family.
- It hasn’t earned me any money.
- I could apply my writing time to long-form projects that may actually get published.
- This isn’t the first time that I’ve struggled with the value of my blog (ex. 1 & 2).
- If founding members of the blogging movement are getting out of the craft, maybe it signals a shift in the industry, not just in my personal life.
- My wife encourages me to write because she knows it fills me and because it gives her an insight into part of who I am.
- Though it hasn’t earned me any money directly, it has opened doors to speaking at writers’ conferences (even starting writers’ conferences), which has led to getting paid for speaking.
- I have expanded my writing community exponentially.
- For the times I have struggled with its value, I have kept writing anyway.
- I don’t want my actions to be dictated by what someone else thinks is right for them (unless it is against the law or something, obviously).
- I’ve been developing my writing skills, not only in the quality of the stuff I write but in the fact that I’m putting my buns in a chair and dedicating time to writing on a daily basis.
So I’m going to keep on writing, popularity be damned. Yes, one day my children or my grandchildren will look at me with shame in their eyes that I ever participated in what can be a vainglorious pursuit, but I’ll just give them the stink eye right back and say, “Keep it up and I’ll blog about you!”