I have to be honest: I'm in a bit of a quandary about what to do with my blog at this point. Is the age of blogging over? Have we all just shifted to other forms of social media like Instagram and YouTube and Snapchat and the like? While I'd argue that blogs have a certain place and fill a certain need in the vein of online communication, I know that I rarely visit individual blogs anymore unless I'm following from a post that I first encountered in another format like Instagram or Facebook. Is my behavior indicative of changing consumption practices, or are there people who are hungry for deeper, more personal, and potentially even more intellectual content? I just don't know.
While I've loved having my blog these past few years, I am having more and more difficulty keeping up with it and giving it the attention it deserves. Back when I blogged every single day - for more than a year, actually - my blog updates were something I planned and scheduled and took care of with the same kind of approach as my daily shower. It was just something I did that became sort of automatic. There's beauty in that because it became a habit that then turned into a written record of my life at that time. And it was kind of a challenge, a commitment, that I felt really proud for sustaining for a significant amount of time. Then, at some point, it started to feel like I was struggling my posts were just not as meaningful as they should or could be and it became harder to create content that I thought was authentic. That's when I ultimately decided to step back and only blog a few times per week as the mood struck me.
Ultimately, I've become less likely to blog as time passes. Sometimes I just forget about it. Or there are lots of other things that are capturing my attention that seem more fun or more rewarding or more well-received. When my schedule gets really hectic (like this time of year), I prefer to spend my down-time just sitting on the couch instead of blogging or creating. Some of the time, I wonder if anyone is really reading my blog anymore. And the rest of the time, I stubbornly think that it's really a great place for me to keep track of my memories even if no one else ever reads it. I even get frustrated with myself for taking into consideration whether others are reading my thoughts. I mean, that's not why I originally started the blog, so I don't really want that to be the only reason I continue it.
The simple fact of the matter is that there are a finite number of hours we all have each day. How should I spend the free time I have? What really gives me the best return for my investment of time and effort? Is it blogging or podcasting or retreats or Instagram or Facebook or Pinterest or YouTube or online classes? And when do I spend time creating new content and documenting my life for fun if I feel stretched in too many different directions? Let's not forget about my full-time job and my family and my friends and the fella and taking care of my home/yard and... You get it; we all face the same challenges with managing our time and energy.
How do you decide what's worth your time? Are you reading blogs right now? (Even if it's not always mine since I've been a bad, bad blogger for several months now. Shame on me!) Are you watching more videos? What methods are you using to create and share? Maybe you're like me and have fizzled out with some genres of social media and added others. How have you decided what to pick and choose that fits your life best right now? I'd be interested to hear how these questions have impacted the way you spend your time. Because right now, I just don't know where I'll go from here...