Blogging Is Like Losing Weight
Art Credit: Charlie Brown by Charles Schulz
The average lifespan of personal blogs is very short. At least, I can speak of those I’d followed through the years. After a good head start, they slowly run out of steam. You’ll notice it when the intervals between their posts become stretched out until they finally stop altogether. Some choose to exit cleanly by deleting their accounts. Some choose to die unceremoniously leaving their carcasses on the internet behind.
I guess blogging is like losing weight. It comes at the time in your life when you feel you’ve got to shed some heaviness inside. It ends when you realize that the weight has been lifted or that you can’t really do anything about it. In case of the latter, you learn to let it be and move on with your life.
Blogging is made to order for introverts who keep to themselves and hide a lot of secrets they want to unload. It gives them an outlet to share these secrets on their own terms, including writing under a pseudonym. And like working out in the gym, the more they uncover themselves, the higher the probability of attracting a curious or sympathetic audience depending on their level of maturity.
Hey, I don’t say outgoing types can’t run an interesting blog. They do. As they say, it’s all in the wrist. In other words, it’s all in the presentation and the quality of the content that they provide. As opposed to the introverts, they reveal their true colors …er, selves in pictures and in prose. Humor and the good life are usually the chosen topics of these folks.
Just as the motivation to exercise starts to wane after the initial high, so is the desire to keep on blogging. One reason is lack of interest. If the blog is not getting much traffic, it’s very easy for the blogger to be discouraged and quit altogether. I know. I’d been there. I’ve seen them days when I just want to hit the ‘delete’ button and kiss the blogosphere goodbye.
So, what makes me stick around a little bit more? I don’t know. It’s probably because of you, you, and especially you as well as the illusion that somewhere in this whole wide world, I’ve made a difference.
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