Writer’s Block is the culprit. Over the past months I’ve learned, accomplished and experienced so much yet I’ve struggled to get myself to this place where my fingers are once again typing a blog post. I’ve even considered giving up on the whole wordpress thing as life has evolved but in doing so I would be erasing seven years of this journey, 186 posts to be exact. In some ways I wonder if it would be a good thing to light an imaginary smudge stick and let the smoke envelope my ramblings. In so many other ways I am comforted to know that there is a chronicle of my slip into creative madness, a journal of sorts that my kids and my grandkids can use to avoid the pitfalls of the same condition unless of course they are also compelled to be Artists.
You may also find yourself at a junction where you are considering giving up your blog. If it has anything to do with something that you enjoy and are passionate about I offer you three things to consider before walking away.
- Before quitting be sure to ask yourself why you chose to start it in the first place. If your dreams and passions have changed then by all means burn the bridge and move forward but if you still hold close the same hopes and desires as you did then wouldn’t it make more sense to keep at it?
- Just because you blog has underperformed in the past doesn’t mean that it can’t be an important cog in the wheel in the future. Look for ways to make it fresh, alive and more convenient to add to. When was the last time you changed your banner, your bio or page theme? If your long winded posts don’t seem to be getting traction, look for ways to abbreviate them. Likewise, if the short one liners with a picture aren’t engaging your audience consider posting more substance, less often. When was the last time you checked to make sure your links to your other websites and social media are current? Chances are that if you give your blog some TLC, it will in return make a difference.
- If you have any followers at all chances are there are some who have been touched or encouraged by your outreach. They notice when you don’t post and wonder what became of you. Some will assume that you have given up on your dream and in some way that may take the wind out of their sails. Giving up on your blog also means giving up on those contacts.