I have been struggling with my blogging ambitions lately. Or rather, my lack thereof.
I’m a daily blogger, which, for me, means that I have fresh content on my blog on every day of the week except Sunday (even God rested (not that I am going to read any of my posts and declare that they are good)). I’ve learned a ton about writing and about commitment (which is about 93% of writing anyway), but I go through these seasons where I look at my blog and the time that it takes and I wonder if it is worth it.
After all, I could be using that writing time for the stories that live in my head or for spending more time with my wife and family. Is it worth it to work by my self-imposed daily deadline to produce content for strangers with no monetary compensation?
I know that this is just one of those seasons where I ask. They come and go. But what brings them on in the first place? I think there are a couple of forces at work that make me want to take a break from blogging.
- I’m busy – I started a new job about four months ago. It’s a great job, but it is a bit more demanding than my old one, both mentally and time-wise.
- My numbers were down last week – It is summer, and I’ve been blogging for long enough now to know that people would rather be spending time in the sun than reading my blog. Schools are out and students aren’t looking for distractions from their homework by reading strangers’ blogs. Or maybe I just had poor content last week and no one wanted to read it. Anyway, it is discouraging to see a dip when I still put time into my writing.
I know that things will get easier, that this season will pass. I know that when autumn returns, my numbers will probably jump up again. But in the meantime, I’m still thinking about the novels that are inside me that aren’t getting written because I’m spending my time blogging.
So maybe I will take a little break. Who knows?
Anyway, please keep coming back. It means a lot to me that people read my stuff.