The intellectual equivalent of a ham sandwich.

The Health of the Blog

Lately I have been thinking about stopping my blog. It would still exist, because I occasionally think of the idea of trying to pluck the contents in some way and put into a book. Is that because I’m vain and self-loving? Maybe. But also I just love to archive things and keep around past efforts. And I do think I’d enjoy looking back at this thing some years from now and seeing how much I have changed over the ten plus years I’ve had this thing. I can look back at posts now which, for the most part, tried to be funny and think, ‘oh that’s when that thing happened and I was actually ticked off and just channeled that into this weird story.’ It’s an interesting lens I have to look at myself.

I hope, too, if I look back on old blog posts I will think of growth or how I am a different person now (ideally in a better way) than I was when I wrote that.

As for posts these days quite a few are inspired by, or directly related to, my son. I am pretty guarded about posting pictures of him on any social media because 1, that’s a decision I’m making and he’s not (even though it’s his person); and much more so 2, I think companies are generally looking for a profit and will do whatever they can to make that profit. So I’d like to minimize how much they know about my son.

But wait. I have these blog posts about him here. There’s a rub, huh? I don’t particularly enjoy writing the monthly recap on the kiddo – it’s an effort. But if I didn’t post it I don’t know that I would write them. Sad, but true. Maybe I would, and maybe I’ll try that out here in the near future.

Since I started this blog my goal was to get published. This was an effort to get noticed to help in that effort, but my efforts have really waned. Part of the fun and an important piece of having a good blog is connecting with other bloggers. I have failed to do that for a while now, and I think that has taken away from this some. And, really, I haven’t written something toward a ‘get published’ effort in a LOOOONG time. Could I maybe spend the time I spend on this blog instead writing something I consider ‘publish-worthy’ (which, let’s be honest, 99.9999999% of folks would still think is not publish-worthy).

Also since I started this blog I have randomly thought of stopping. It’s just lately I am thinking about that much more. And with my less free time life these days, why not think out loud in a blog post? Boom. One down for this week.

I may keep on going, three posts a week and everything (I *did* just buy new postcard stamps). Or maybe I’ll post when I feel like it. Or maybe it’ll be a ghost town here. Or any combination of these three. I don’t know.

These are the thoughts tumbling through my brain.

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