So It’s Time to Quit Blogging: What’s Next?
I’ve been dwelling a lot on this lately. So what do I do if I decide it’s time to quit blogging?
My April Fool’s post yesterday was made in jest but I have to admit that I face my demons every day with temptations to quit, especially when comments are down like they have been. This past year I’ve also had to face my own mortality and it’s made me rethink why I blog and where this is all heading.
If I was just blogging to make money like the probloggers do my reason to blog would be much simpler. But without the financial motivation there has to be a more compelling reason for me to keep plunking at the keyboard.
Believe it or not my primary motivation for blogging is to help people with their blogs. I know how corny that sounds and if I heard it from anybody else I would probably be sceptical. But I can assure you in my case it’s the absolute truth.
It’s also a reason why at times I can get irritated with the problogger/sploggers out there. Especially when they try so hard to give us the impression that they’re nice people whilst they pick our pocket.
Like the good book says we can tell the character of someone by the fruit that they bear. We are also told we should beware of wolves in sheep clothing and we are warned of the dangers of the love of money. End of sermon.
So I’m always wary of bloggers who’s primary motivation is to turn coin, or who write BS posts with information they’ve plagiarized from other sources to establish themselves as a so-called authority with the SERPS.
But that’s not my reason for writing this post. I’ve been pondering what I would do if for one reason or another I just stopped blogging. It could be a conscious decision, or it might be forced on me like for example bad health or even death God forbid.
If I died then I guess I wouldn’t have to worry about it anymore. Perhaps I would take up the harp and play music (I wonder if there’s blogging in heaven). But if my health disabled me or if I decided to retire from blogging, how would I fill the void?
I’ve also been thinking about bloggers like Rory Sullivan and Juggling Frogs amongst others that I enjoyed reading and who have now long disappeared.
To me it’s a crying shame to see someone take such loving care and effort to create a blog and then just abandon it. Especially if they had a talent for it. It also seems to me it takes a certain callousness or indifference towards their readers to just suddenly pack their bags and walk away.
I had developed a relationship with these people, or so I thought. I gave my time, knowledge and encouragement, only for them to suddenly vanish without a trace. That really hurts.
Perhaps I’m just being naive or overly sentimental but I really do miss these people. So I was wondering if you have any thoughts about it and what you would do under the circumstances.
What would you do if you’ve had enough of blogging?
1. Would you just disappear into the night? But if you did that, what about your readers who have developed an online relationship with you? Is it fair to them to just leave and never to be seen or heard from again? Wouldn’t that be a callous thing to do?
2. Or would you go out with a bang like I did in my April fools joke yesterday? Let everybody know why you’re leaving and then just do it. Say your peace, sever the chord and then just walk away.
3. Have you thought of what would happen to your blog after you leave? If you’re not on a free blog platform like Blogger and you stopped payments to your host provider, would you let them delete all of your work as if it never existed?
4. Having said that, would it be prudent for us to cross post over to a free service like Blogger as a backup in preparation for that future inevitability?
5. Kathy’s recent post posed the question about preparing our blog obituary to be published by a trusted friend in the event of our death. Have you ever thought about that?
6. I have already posted about making a will for your blog and you might want to read that if you haven’t already.
7. If you stopped blogging tomorrow what would you do with your new-found time? if you’re a blogaholic like me then how would you cope?
When I wrote yesterday’s post I was admittedly half serious. I’m always toying with the idea of quitting. I feel conflicted between my pessimism over the future of blogging and my need to blog. What a conundrum!
It’s a compulsion that I can find overwhelming as well as irritating especially when comments are down. I can spend hours on a post and sometimes even days on long tutorials. So if I get little reaction then I’m always asking myself why do I bother? If comments continue to slack then I can foresee a day when I probably will decide to stop this blog.
As we can see there is much to think about. So how about you? Have you ever thought of quitting blogging and have you made any plans if (for whatever reason) you could no longer blog?