I began this blog six years ago yesterday. I just checked the date.
In that time I changed this blog’s format four times, joined three different blogging communities, tweeted and shared and RSS’ed my posts, and mingled with many other bloggers, visiting sites and leaving comments. And for a few months, I attempted to write a post a day. Other times I dug deep to find some inner muse, and endeavored to sculpt my posts with all the love and care and creativity as would any artist in any other medium.
I paid rapt attention to my numbers: how many people visited my site? How long did they stay? What did they read? Where did they visit from?
And then after a while, things started to relax a little. The blogs I visited weren’t updated as frequently. Some went on lengthy “blog vacations.” And I went through a few bleak, desolate times where the words just weren’t there, and where the subject matter I had just didn’t seem relevant to anything. I just didn’t have the motivation to write at all. I yanked the widgets for the social media buttons and removed the bits of code that provided statistical and demographic reports on visitors. I truly stopped being concerned whether anyone at all visited here.
Only recently have I really poked my head back up to write, to capture my life as a man, a father, a husband.
I’ve noticed that there are a lot of holes in the bloggy landscape. A number of my friends have vanished from the blog scene, either pulling their sites down completely or simply abandoning them.
Is it just me or does it seem like blogging just isn’t as “in” as it used to be? Is the party over? Everyone has a life to lead, and for some, I know they’ve found that blogging began to consume more of it than they were comfortable giving. I know that life as a parent, particularly when serious adversity strikes, is stressful and busy and doesn’t leave a lot of time for side ventures like blogging.
It’s understandable. Life goes on and we all need to focus on what’s most important. Mostly I hope my friends are doing okay and are enjoying time with their kids while they have the opportunity.