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I’m here. It’s been a while.
My original intent was to make a decision re: blogging soon after the new year, as in, within the first week. Then the first week became the second, then the third, and so on and so forth. That darned time, it moves on, inexorably, whether you want it to or not.
My main focus when I started my blogging break, back in December, was to figure out not only if I wanted to keep blogging but figure out if it was important enough to me to continue doing even if no one is reading. For whatever reason my comments slowed to a trickle and then came to a screeching halt over a very short period of time. Part of this is my fault. My updates and entries were spotty, at best, and I was doing no self-promotion at all. I thought that, all along, I was blogging mainly for myself but now I realize that wasn’t entirely true. Part of my purpose was to get feedback from friends and family and have that interaction with them. I was convinced people were reading my blog to keep up with me. Maybe they are; maybe they aren’t. What really needs to be decided is whether or not I think it’s worth my time to write here even if they aren’t.
So here’s where I am: at this time I don’t feel as though I’m ready to give up this blog. Now, whether that’s because I enjoy writing in it, or whether it’s because I’ve had it for so long I’d feel guilty dumping it remains to be seen. But I’m going to give it another whirl. And I’m not going to worry about writing something “good.” That was part of my problem before, I think. I started feeling like I needed to be “on” whenever I wrote, to entertain the (very small) masses. I was having difficulty coming up with entries I felt fit that bill, so I just didn’t write anything at all. I am going to keep writing here but I am going to do it for ME. I accept the fact that I can’t compete with the really good blogs I read, and so I’m not going to worry about even trying any more. I’m going to write what’s on my mind. Sometimes it might come out kind of funny, or insightful, or thought-provoking. Other times it’s going to be completely boring crap like, “I went to the store today and now I’m watching t.v.” I won’t feel bad or discouraged if I can’t make it more interesting than that. Some bloggers can make anything into a great story. That is not my forte. Sometimes I have a good story and sometimes it’s just a laundry list of things that are floating around in my head, bugging me until I write them down. I can accept that. And I am going to try not to be disappointed if I get no comments. I have other forums in which I can re-post some of these things if I really, really crave that feedback.
And there you have it. Onward and upward, I say.

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About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

4 responses »

  1. Oh yes, comments are the best! I lurve it when people comment on my blog. lol Then again, the main purpose of my blog is to help other people, and so I would super feel like quitting if no one was reading and/or commenting.
    Do you have a stat counter? Maybe people are still reading but just not commenting? I find that only a teeny, teeny percentage of my readers actually say anything…the vast majority just read.

  2. I do have a stat counter but I pay very little attention to it. I always forget it’s there! 🙂 I’m sure that there are people reading but not saying anything but I think even that slacked off. I mean, I went from getting 1-4 replies per post to getting one. Zero, zip, zilch. I think I got one or maybe two comments a month from September onward. The people I could always rely on to say something at least once a week dropped completely off. So then I start second-guessing myself — have I gotten (more) boring? Did I say something offensive? Etc. etc. It was really weird how it came to a screeching halt.
    At any rate, I’m good with it now. Whatever happens is fine by me! Thanks for weighing in. 🙂

  3. I don’t get so many comments anymore either but it’s my journal, so I will keep on doing it, even if no one is listening. You’re on my RSS and I always listen to you. So, you know, I wish you would keep on.

  4. Well I’m glad your back…I love reading your blog. I’m one of the bad ones that read but don’t comment so I will try to do that more!! 🙂

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