“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?” ~ Henry David Thoreau
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about my blog. Perhaps it’s because I’m approaching my one year anniversary, which is hard to believe. Bloggers create, write and follow other blogs for a variety of reasons. They might blog in order to promote their work, while others try to build a platform, as they write their novel. Some do it for money, some just for fun.
I began my blog eager and excited to build a platform because that’s what new writers are supposed to do. In order to gain followers, I was posting every day and blog-hopping like mad. It was exhausting.
It didn’t take long for me to become the burned-out blogger who was overwhelmed each time I opened my Gmail account. There were new posts to read and respond to. Because I checked the notify me of future comments box at the bottom of each post I read, my box was exploding with everyone else’s comments.
In addition to all of the attention I was giving to other blog posts, I still had to write my own posts and respond to those comments. I soon began to despise my blog. I work full-time and this blog was stealing any free time I had to work on my WIP and other short stories. I was tired and I wanted to quit.
But then, each week I read all of the wonderful comments from my regular followers. People who have the same passion for writing and reading as do I, many who have become friends. The encouraging words expressed in their comments keep me writing that next post. I’m sure I’ll find a balance, but I must make sure my stories remain my number one priority.
How are you feeling about your blog these days?