The other day I was listening to a podcast where they discussed the social media progression in the last decade from online threads to blogs to Pinterest to Instagram to live stream video and multi-media content platforms. The two hosts shared how blogs have been on the decline for the last five years.
And I certainly agree and can relate as a consumer: I don’t read blogs nearly as much as I used to and consume content much differently than I did ten years ago. Gosh, the two hosts I was listening to were both former bloggers who never write anymore and solely talk on their podcast! If I read a blog post today, it’s normally because someone shared it on social media and not because I subscribe or follow a blog on a regular basis.
Sidenote: I blame the blogging decline on Google Reader retiring. Anyone remember that tool? It was THE BEST.
Ever since I listened to that podcast, I’ve been thinking a lot about this space and where I want it to go, or even if I want it to go anywhere. As any reader may recognize, my presence here has certainly been sporadic. Some months I post a few times, other times it could be six months between posts.
I don’t care too much about the frequency (although I know as a web marketer I should), but my main struggle is what to share and how much.
My world has changed a lot since I first started this blog. When I started back in the blogging hayday, I was anonymous and could share anything my heart desired without the feeling of my personal friends judging or questioning. However, now I no longer have just my life to share, but I’m married and have (almost) two daughters, so their lives are affected by what I share as well.
It’s a tricky balance for me to decide how much or how little to share, which normally leads me to not decide at all, and that’s basically why you haven’t seen much of me on here in the last few years.
That completely resonated with me and I realized…
This is why I write:
Because I have a story to tell.
I’m not the best writer and certainly don’t have the most followers, but I am going to do my best to be faithful with this gift and this space that I love to write on and tinker with in my downtime to make pretty.
My assignment is to be faithful to share my story, and what comes of it or who is influenced by it is completely out of my control, as it should be.
So does that mean I’ll be super regular on here again?
This a hobby and always comes farther down on the list of my priorities.
But when I do have the urge to write (like I did tonight), I’m just going to do it. I’m going to write, read it over once or twice, hit publish and not over-think it.
Because you know what else I need to remember?
No one thinks about you as much as you think they do.