Blogging Is Like Losing Weight

January 25, 2016 at 2:25 pm 16 comments


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 taper 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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16 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mamta Chakravorty  |  January 25, 2016 at 5:17 pm

    Loved reading your post. Blogging and weight loss interesting connection. Blogging for introverts – can’t agree more. 🙂 Mamta

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    • 2. plaridel  |  January 26, 2016 at 10:09 am

      mamta:

      i’m glad you found the comparison interesting. 🙂

      Reply
  • 3. cozysphere  |  January 25, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Yes I believe blogger need to be a strong passionate writer if he/she want to be daily poster with a qualified content. Need extra energy to feed her/his blog with fresh creative content.

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    • 4. plaridel  |  January 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

      cozysphere:

      it’ll always be a challenge.

      Reply
  • 5. aysabaw  |  January 25, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    this is a nice post Sir P 😛
    Though I blog but don’t go to the gym ha ha

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    • 6. plaridel  |  January 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

      aysabaw:

      that’s nice to know. you must be in great shape. 🙂

      Reply
      • 7. aysabaw  |  January 26, 2016 at 11:08 am

        Not really Sir…just not so sporty 🙂

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        • 8. plaridel  |  January 27, 2016 at 9:38 am

          aysabaw:

          no problem as long as you take good care of yourself. 🙂

          Reply
  • 9. Ann GrubbsnCritters  |  January 26, 2016 at 1:53 am

    I guess it depends on the motivation of why you blog. I’ve done it for years but only “came out” 2 years ago and have never thought of stopping, even if no one reads. My only gripe is not having enough time to write as much as I want and doing more connecting and not for the lack of interest. So far, the interest has not waned.

    Keep on writing as there’s someone out there who would enjoy your work. I’m one of them. 😊

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    • 10. plaridel  |  January 26, 2016 at 10:08 am

      ann:

      i deeply appreciate the compliment. please let me know when you start writing again. 🙂

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      • 11. Ann GrubbsnCritters  |  February 1, 2016 at 8:19 pm

        Oh I write every now and then…of rubbish and stuff! Nothing too intellectual. Come swing by! 🙂

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        • 12. plaridel  |  February 2, 2016 at 9:29 am

          ann:

          i’ll be right there! 🙂

          Reply
  • 13. krn  |  January 30, 2016 at 10:39 am

    me, i wanna lose weight but i am still skinny. lol. and maybe bloggers stopped for a while and then blog again with different theme.

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    • 14. plaridel  |  January 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      karen:

      welcome back! once a blogger, always a blogger…. who said that? 🙂

      Reply
  • 15. Angela Leffel  |  June 13, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I’m definitely one of those introverrt bloggers and find blogging to be a good place for self-expression, but tend more to sharing the hard parts of life, along with some joys. I hope to keep blogging, because the older I get, the more life wisdom I will have learned and can share.

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    • 16. plaridel  |  June 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm

      angela:

      join the club. please keep up the good work.

      Reply

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