I have been blogging for a long time, in one form or another. Since college, actually. There were times in my life when I used to write posts two or three times a day every day. In this blog, I had 2 pages worth of posts scheduled at any given time. There were times when it was almost like an addiction… I tried to quit or at least cut back, but I couldn't.
I don't have that problem anymore.
I recently went to Michelle Au's blog, and realized that it had been dormant for almost 2 years. It comforted me to recognize that it is a normal and natural thing, after having multiple children, to lose motivation to keep blogging. Healthy, even.
The problem with this blog is twofold. First, blogging is dying. Most of the blogs I used to follow years ago are gone. Truthfully, I don't really have any desire to read blogs anymore. Second, because this blog is public, I can't write about anything from my personal life or job. So if I can't write about that, the topics I can write about are limited. And less compelling.
I've lost a lot of readers in the last couple of years. Also, I try not to respond to subversive comments, because I just don't care enough to have an argument anymore. And partially for that reason, there are less subversive comments. I think it's obvious when a blogger has lost their enthusiasm.
I want to stick around. There are times when I want to write about something and I'm grateful this blog exists. But I refuse to look at this as an obligation. So I apologize if my posts become more infrequent.
I read your blog every day while I'm eating breakfast and very much enjoy it (although I rarely comment). I hope that you do stick around, even if your posts are infrequent! :)ReplyDelete
your posts are more frequent than many blogs I follow! Love seeing you pop up in my feed and I'd still read even if the posts become less frequent.ReplyDelete
You're in no way obligated to do this and there is no need to apologize. The obligation is to you and your family and if you feel like writing, just write. Need a break? Stop for a while. There are many of us who appreciate what you do and the way you do it, but ultimately do what ever makes you happy.ReplyDelete
I second Jono's comment. I also wanted to add that I enjoyed your weekly whining - Jerry Seinfeld built his career on whining.ReplyDelete
I think blogging is a dying art because twitter, instagram and snapchat has eaten up a big portion of online media. People like things short and quick. Write your thoughts in 140 characters or less. Tell your story in photos instead. Post a quick video of what you're doing.ReplyDelete
Thank you everyone. I've always been sort of loquacious, both verbally and written, so it's hard for me to keep my thoughts to a minimum on something like Twitter...ReplyDelete
Fizzy - I adore your posts and tweets! It's cool if you have to do it less often, I'll still be following. ;-). You have big fans for your medical fiction in my colleague and me - you should keep up with that writing for sure!ReplyDelete
I'm definitely going to try to make time for fiction writing, at least. Actually, I have a completed draft of a new book, but it needs some serious work.Delete
I enjoy how frequently you post but will continue to read even if you post less frequently. :)ReplyDelete
I greatly enjoy your blog. It has kept me company in medical school, residency, and now as an attending. The only things I regularly read online is BBC, CNN and this blog. Pretty good company!ReplyDelete
I don't mind a gap in posts if you have better things to do.ReplyDelete
Fizzy, I love your bloggings! Too many good ones have quit, please don't go dormant! Just take breaks : ) And I appreciate your encouragement for other writers. AliceReplyDelete