Since I started blogging full time again, about a month ago, I’ve been blog visiting old friends and I’ve come
across at least 15 blogs from the list I follow whose owners are either going on sabbatical or stopping for good. Even more disturbing and worrying are blogs that have not had activity for the last year or two and there is not even a post on them that gives an idea of what’s happened to the owner. Like, did they just leave it because they got overwhelmed, did they go through a life changing experience or are they even alive?
When I started blogging at Fabulosity Nouveau (my first blog) I was beside myself with giddiness. So happy was I that after blogging for just under a year I started a second blog, Fabulosity Reads exclusively for books.
Blogging made me a happy puppy because I could share my thoughts with people who were interested in what I had to say.
I wasn’t competing for anyone’s attention and it was something I could do just for me (not as a wife, or mother) and it was something I could enjoy on my own. In fact I always say blogging helped find Wendy. If you asked me what I enjoyed doing when I started blogging at 35 I could not have told you. Up to that point, everything I did had to do with keeping other people happy. I knew what my kids loved, or my husband enjoyed but I couldn’t say the same about me. A few months after starting blogging I found that not only did I have interests but I had a number of creative talents.
And then the unthinkable happened. I started feeling pressure to perform. It became a mission to think of witty and deep meaningful things to say or interesting places and people to cover.
It became another responsibility and things began slipping. I missed a post, first for days, then weeks. Eventually with other priorities coming into effect I got overwhelmed and there no motivation to come up with something to make it work because the creative juices just weren’t flowing anymore.
When reading, the thing I love more than anything in the world, the one that is the centre of the very best of my childhood memories, when that became a source of anxiety I knew it was time to do something drastic. Leaving Blogville was an incredibly drastic step for me because I was so attached to my blogs but then by this time activity on Fabulosity Nouveau had become nearly obsolete.
So I stopped blogging all together beginning of last year. And now after almost two years I’ve come back.
In the time I left my world ended due to consequences of disastrous decisions and began again with second chances. Many areas are still WIP but things are beginning to make sense. I feel re-energized and ready to take on my hobby again but this time the outlook is adifferent. This time I:
- Only commit to what I can deliver in my reviews and only review books I like. I think as review bloggers we unknowingly want to be some sort of Good Samaritan to as many writers as possible because we love them. We want to help everyone out with getting the books out there. But I’ve learnt that this only leads to disappointing many and undue pressure.
- Will blog strategically. My most active blog is this one and Nouveau not at all. I’ve decided to use this blog for both my books and my personal updates. I’ve been against this move for a long time but I think I now concede that having too many blogs running at once is just unmanageable. I have at least three other blogs to manage, my company one (The Skills Depot), my husband’s men’s club one on the website I’m busy building (Divine Brothers) and my Christian blog (The God Effect 101). That is a handful.
- Will post on schedule. I’ve been goings back and forth between whether or not to put out a blog schedule to stick to. I think I will if only to give an indication to my followers so they know when to check in for their posts of interest. With combining the blogs some people will be interested in the personal posts and others on book matters.
- Only blog about things that inspire and entertain me. Because that is my motivation for blogging. Experience has taught me that if the inspiration is gone, the possibility of sticking to it is minimal.
How do you stay on course with your blogging?
If you've left and come back, what brought you back?