For the last 3 years, since the pandemic started to be exact, I don’t blog as much as I used to. I will be honest; I don’t enjoy it like I did before. It’s true that I’ve lost my interest in blogging. Moreover it’s not just me. Most of the blog owners that I follow simply quit blogging. So why do I do this? Why do I keep blogging? Or why do I try to keep blogging?
The first thing that comes to my mind is, I’ve started this blog in 2009 and I’ve been writing here sometimes on a regular basis sometimes interruptedly. It has been a part of most of my adult life. It was not for money, it was not for fame. I even didn’t get involved in any blogger communities all these years. It was my little corner of the internet and I enjoyed sharing my thoughts.
After I got married, I started to document our lives here. What we did at the weekends, where we ate, our vacations, our trips, what I read and watched… Next, these posts evolved to monthly recaps. It became my journal where I document our lives on monthly basis and share the things I like with the world from time to time. Oh, and the blog challenges, those never ending photo challenges, song challenges, movie challenges, book challenges… I loved them all.
Since summertime 2022, I’m trying very hard to revive this blog because deep down I know that I want the things to be like they used to be in the past. I wanted to be more motivated, I wanted to be more dedicated, I wanted to be more engaged in daily life. I wanted that joy back that I used to feel about here. But guess what? I am not and things change. Thoughts change, our lives change, we change. I used to think that I couldn’t survive without a planner but I quit using a yearly planner years ago. I even don’t make lists. When I look back at the posts from previous years, I can see that I used to photograph every thing in the life. Now I barely remember to take a photo. This blog became my journal but I’m not a journal person anymore.
And to be honest, I agree that blogging is outdated. Not because I believe it is but the time’s changed and people use their Instagram accounts as their journal now. You can make your own “vacation post” as reel and share it with the world. You don’t need to be a Youtuber or have professional equipments, you can do it with your phone in your hands and it’s fun. I also started to spend more time on Youtube and the number of blogs I read is just a few.
So what’s next?
To tell the truth, I don’t know. I’m not thinking of quitting blogging, not at all. I love my blog. All I know is I don’t want to force myself or feel obligated to write here. Because the motivation, the satisfaction and the joy that blogging used to give me is not something I can bring back by forcing some things. All I’m saying is I quit opening the WordPress dashboard, click Posts then click Add New and try to write something just because I haven’t posted a thing for three months. No, I don’t want that feeling. Instead, I’ll continue to write here when I feel like it but I have no idea how often it will be.
See you next time.