I didn’t really intend to take a week off when my friend and teacher came to town for a workshop I organized but our days were crammed and I was too exhausted to keep my eyes open let alone think so I just quit blogging and reading blogs. I felt a little bad about just disappearing. But I have to admit now that the time away was kind of nice and it’s had me thinking hard about this whole blogging adventure and the huge amount of time I put into it. It began as advice from my “guides” in meditation to keep writing some short pieces I’d been working on and I was kind of guided in a different way to the blogging world..
For a long time I held to a commitment to make two posts a week and that was all I did. Didn’t know much about blogging or building a blog and wasn’t sure about the point of posting these pieces but I was willing to follow both sets of guidance. I enjoyed the writing and two posts a week didn’t make much of an inroad on my life. Of course no one was reading them…
Eventually I began to think that the posts couldn’t be doing anyone much good if no one was ever reading them. So close to a year ago (a few weeks short at this writing) I started studying up on what I should do to get subscribers and readers. That led to spending a couple of hours a day reading blogs in my topic, clicking like and commenting and subscribing to other blogs, etc. And then I had to add time to read the blogs I subscribed to as well as regularly reading new bloggers in the relevant topics in order to keep growing.
It didn’t take long to realize that when I posted more often my stats stayed higher so two posts a week became three to five. Suddenly blogging became more like a 20+ hour/week venture. I didn’t feel oppressed and in fact I love the new “friends” I’ve made, the faces that are now familiar under the “like” button or in the comments. I love spending a lot of time reading deeply thoughtful posts that help me to realize what a huge network there is around the world of people who are seeking compassion and lovingkindness for the world.
But when I took off 6 or 7 days without writing or reading any blogs I felt kind of liberated. And I had to ask myself whether it’s worth devoting the kind of time I’ve been putting in in order to keep my numbers growing. I hoped that I might develop good enough stats to use the blog as part of the marketing plan for my book but while I’m pleased that I’ve gone from 2 to 300 subscribers in the year of trying I have to admit that I’m not getting enough interest to intrigue an agent or publisher. I don’t want to stop blogging but I am doing a big reevaluation of how much time I want to put into it if I’m only doing it for the enjoyment of writing about my adventures on the journey and keeping in touch with the people I’ve grown to care for. Don’t know which way I’m going to go yet…
- Eight Ways To Build An Audience For Your Blog (larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)
- How to be an Irresistible Blogger (blogher.com)
- A Surefire Way to Suffocate Your Blog (And Your Passion) (problogger.net)
- Blogging vs Writing (4amwriter.com)