A Change of (Blogging) Heart
For a while, I told myself that I’d get back on track. That I’d get at least two posts out a week, if not the three I’d been diligently writing. But time passed and I didn’t get back to my routine. More time passed and I didn’t feel too bad about missing posts. Still more time passed and I realized I’d had a change of heart about blogging, a change of heart that was as purposeful as my one-time schedule had been: I would post on the blog when I needed to post.
Which might not seem like a big deal if you’re the kind of blogger who follows that as-needed path. But if you’re the kind of blogger who’s a teensy-tiny bit compulsive—who makes a schedule and gosh darn it, sticks to it—then perhaps you’ll understand how difficult it is to change to some kind of willy-nilly posting. It wasn’t a change of heart that came easily. But what helped me goes back to purpose.
Simply put, the purpose for blogging had changed for me.
I no longer needed the regular writing practice that my blog provided; I have plenty of work to keep me busy! My platform is established; though new readers visit and/or follow the blog, my numbers remain fairly constant. But mostly, my writing career has taken a new and exciting turn; my focus is on my author work more than freelance work.
Now, my blog is a way to share both professional and personal news with those readers who’ve stayed with me along the journey. Some months, I have lots of news; other months, not so much, and so I’m fine with my lack of a blogging schedule. (Though I haven’t gone completely rogue; I’ll always have a couple posts during a month.)
So what about you? Have you thought about your blog lately, or why you’re blogging? If it’s worth the time and effort you’re investing, then great! But if you’ve begun to feel a tug on your blogging heart, perhaps the moment has come to step back and consider the purpose of your blog.
Paths can change—and that can be a very good thing!
~Cathy C. Hall