Blogging: taking stock

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For quite some time now I’ve got used to the idea that blogging is not a central part of my life any more. I no longer, eat, sleep, breathe in the blogosphere, planning posts, framing moments in time, taking a camera everywhere so as to prepare my next post’s illustrations and tailoring my life’s moments to fit in with this or that linky.

I seem to have naturally fallen into a routine whereby I write just one original post a week and, along with my own “Truth about…” linky, that is all that I publish on any given week.

I don’t really have the time or the energy to do any more than that and since I am no longer in the position to take on sponsored material or think of this space as a potential business of sorts, the compulsion to keep on improving on design, functionality, audience-reach – the desire to keep learning and moving things forward; the importance of attending blog conferences in order to pick up tips for all of those things – it’s all just gone by the wayside.

I thought I was OK with it and in fact reading posts like the one Maddy of Writing Bubble wrote recently about taking a break from, and cutting back on, blogging, I actually realised that there are plenty of other people who come to the agonising realisation at some point, that the totally immersive nature of full-on blogging is not always healthy for life in general.

However, (there’s always a ‘but…’), when I saw that my lovely few months within the Tots100 Top 500 had finally come to an end this month (not only that but dropping like a stone over 200 places) it bothered me more than I thought it would.

I guess I had assumed that my presence within that fabled band of well-ranked bloggers must have been down to the length of time Fun Began has been up and running, the inevitable number of backlinks out there, etc. because let’s face it, it ain’t down to the time and work and effort I’ve been putting in lately.

I guess I also assumed that, if so, I would probably stick on in there without too much effort on my part and given the fact that I am hardly chasing down praise, awards, rankings, blogging status of any kind really, why should it even matter?

I also had a little nose round some of my old blogging haunts recently and it gave me a little pang: that I’ve lost track of the lives and projects and thoughts of certain people I used to follow; that I have essentially stopped ‘meeting’ new people and discovering new blogs that I love; that I have never got to know others who have been around just as long as me and who seem to have formed bonds with bloggers I think of as part of my own little tribe of followers and supporters – and all completely under my radar.

How does that make me feel? Left out. Left behind. Fading away, gradually, as the blogosphere expands and more and more people jump on board – plenty of whom are super ambitious from the word go.

So I guess in the end I have to ask myself this: what do I want from my blog? What is enough? Is it possible to return and re-build at some point, and if so am I content, in the meantime, to be one of the rank-less masses, blogging it out for the same reasons I had when I first began back in July 2013 – because I still love writing and always will. And I guess the answer has to be yes, bien sur, of course.

11 thoughts on “Blogging: taking stock

  1. Ah hon I feel so similar and have nothing like the reasons you do for withdrawing. I don’t have the time or energy to care as much at the moment and actually feel like a terrible blogger at the moment as I barely.have the time to comment on links I join in with (and sometimes get weeks behind) and I too have dropped a.couple of hundred places in tots. I nearly stopped it all but am keeping going as I do like being able to write when I can and keep up with other bloggers when I can. Maybe one day I will be able to put the effort in again but of not? Well I think real life is more important. My blog and the blogging community has helped me through some tough and lonely times and perhaps served it’s purpose.

    • I guess I kind of stopped joining in with linkies as soon as I realised that I just didn’t have the time or energy to read and comment and engage any more but I do miss the buzz of being part of other linkies I have to say. Maybe we put too much pressure on ourselves to read and comment on as many as possible when most people say just one or two is acceptable? I agree, real life is more important and we should just enjoy our blogs for what they are to us and not to anyone else. I’m glad you haven’t stopped either. X

  2. I know I’ll never be super ambitious like some and get awards and huff post publications! I thinks tots is naff as my rank went up but my stats have been static for ever!!! I write as I like to and the community is nice. I agree keeping up with my friendships and constant Twitter chatting is impossible with kids, unless you ignore them! I just can’t as i feel bad as it is. Write as you want to and ask frequently as you can…we keep coming back. Thanks for hosting xx
    Sarah Howe recently posted…The Best and Worsts of Running a LinkyMy Profile

    • I guess Tots isn’t just about your blog stats is it? Anyway I shouldn’t be bothered but it did just seem like a real negative indication as if the momentum I lost a while back is only now beginning to have an effect. I’m really happy to know that there are definitely a handful of fab people out there (yourself included!) who enjoy what I write and keep coming back – makes it all worthwhile! Xx

  3. I think your reasons for continuing with the blog are important – there will always be people who will keep reading even if the content isn’t as frequent as it once was and similarly most of us will get overtaken by newcomers who are super-ambitious. Last year’s Britmums was a real eye-opener for me on that front – it made me realise that I wasn’t prepared to pay the price that came with being a “top” blogger – that my life outside of blogging was too important for me to put in the hours required to get there. I do blog frequently but I write more of what I want to write rather than what I’ve been asked to, if that makes sense. Writing because you love it is just as important as all those other reasons for blogging, if not more so xx
    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love) recently posted…Me and Mine – May 2016My Profile

    • I realised long ago that I would never be a ‘top’ blogger – in the Top 100 for instance but it was quite nice to just slip quietly into the Top 500 without actually having had to pursue X billion Instagram followers, or X trillion Twitter followers or whatever! Life’s definitely too short for that!! Xx

  4. I came to this realisation about a year or so ago. I completely cut back and just chose to write good content and not stress over it. I no longer really attend blog conferences and I only take up opportunities that I genuinely think readers and my children will enjoy. I rarely look at my stats but my Tots score is one I always check! I was also surprised to plummet 200 places this month – there seemed to be no reason for it. A little birdie told me that something went wrong this month with Moz (back links) so I think you might come back up next month when things are put straight. I definitely think you can come back when/if you want to. Some times in life are not for blogging and that’s ok. Just find your niche and stick to it. The pressure of blogging is silly in my opinion. There are far more important things to worry about. Just do your thing. x
    Suzanne recently posted…Keep On Keeping OnMy Profile

    • I think you’ve definitely got it in balance Suzanne. I would definitely keep returning to your blog because I know that the content will always be interesting and thought-provoking rather than a ‘top’ blog which is literally crammed with reviews for crap I’m just not interested in! Interesting about the Moz thing though, I will keep my eye out to see if the ranking suddenly changes! I will, as you say, just keep doing my thing and hopefully this seeming dip in any kind of reach within the parent blogging world is a blip which could be rectified at any time by just putting in a bit of legwork – but in the meantime, I realise that you guys who do actually read and comment on what I write on a regular basis are more important than pursuing a blogging ‘presence’, and just enjoying the writing is what makes it an ongoing concern for me. Xx

  5. Do whatever you want! Some of the best blogs are written for fun. You are, by the way, a very good writer and there are, let’s be frank, some awful blogs out there! I never intended blogging to be a way of making money, but over the years that’s what it has become for me although I am taking action to stop being quite so all consuming as I don’t want the family so suffer. If you have steady employment and don’t need the money from blogging, then keep it as a hobby. Just make sure you are enjoying yourself.
    John Adams recently posted…Five top tips for moving with toddlersMy Profile

    • I have to agree, some of my favourite blogs are totally uncommercialised and in fact there is nothing more of a turn-off for me than reading a blog post which parades as a thought/opinion piece and turns out to be nothing more than a glorified info-mercial! I think I have definitely reached that point at which I feel that I now blog with very little self-imposed pressure and I guess I’m lucky that I don’t have to chase down sponsored ‘opportunities’ because my income is not linked to this venture (albeit that it would be nice to have the extra earnings on the side but the complications and implications are just not worth the hassle right now). I will bear your advice in mind and try and remember to enjoy myself 🙂

  6. This is what I love about blogging Sam. Everyone is in for their own reasons and everyone technically has control over what they want from their blog/what they want to do with their blog and if they want to monetise. Ultimately, we should follow our blogging heart. Thanks for hosting #Truthabout

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