If You’ve Ever Wondered If You Should Keep Writing Your Blog…
We have all thought about simply deleting these spaces we create. It’s not even in a particularly terrible moment, where the desire to walk away from blogging is understandable. It comes in quiet moments, where we wonder what the point is of posting our thoughts online and taking that risk, using that time, plugging into that community. We could just as easily write in a private journal. Which would mean that we could record our life without considering how often we’re posting, or looking at our stats.
I think about it sometimes, so I know that you think about it sometimes. And some of us do it; simply walk away from the blog and leave it collecting dust, or delete it, or shut it down to invite-only and then never give anyone beyond ourselves the ability to read. We’ve thought about doing it ourselves and we’ve had it happen to us: that blog you loved reading that suddenly disappeared or the writer who stopped posting.
And we know how it feels when it happens to us, so we try not to do it to anyone else.
Of course, sometimes that reasoning simply isn’t enough.
I love Andrea Ross’s thoughts on what we believe to be irrelevance when it comes to blogs. I got to participate in her project a few years ago, and though I didn’t tell her at the time, because I’m not sure I even realized it consciously at the time, is that speaking about Norton Juster’s book connected me to why I wrote. It is perhaps what gets me over those thoughts when I consider walking away from this space. This was my contribution to Just One More Book Please:
And Andrea Ross contesting irrelevance.
I put this up because it reminded me how we need to tell people how much their blog means–and we don’t even need to do this directly; we can do this through our actions of reading and commenting and linking. All of it gets the point across. Because the reality is that no blog is irrelevant, just as no life is irrelavant. The entire blogosphere changes any time a new blog enters or an old blog leaves. And my life is a better place because I’m connected to all of you through words.