I have been blogging every day since October 27th of 2006. With the exception of St. Patrick’s Day of 2007 and three days in August of 2009 when I took a break from blogging to mourn my mother’s passing, I haven’t missed a day.
I’m thinking I’m going to release myself from my commitment, though, and not feel as though I have to put something up every single day. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons.
The first is that I’ve noticed that my comments have drastically decreased; though I know a number of you are still reading, far fewer of you are commenting. I don’t know whether that’s because comments in general are down (several of my blogging friends tell me their traffic has decreased, too) or because I’m not saying anything that inspires responses. Either way, one of the reasons I blog is for the feedback; I’m less inspired to write here if I am not confident that I won’t just be talking into the void. In all honesty, Facebook is providing a lot more interaction for me than this space has done lately. I thrive on the interaction, and I’m finding that I’m putting more energy into the spaces where I get more feedback.
I’m also finding that the post-a-day thing is starting to stress me out a little. This was particularly true when I was writing The Paper and stressing out about finding work (which I expect will gear up again as the springtime job hunting season draws nearer). I don’t want to put things here just because I need space-filler; I want this to be more of a journal than a scrapbook.
I will absolutely still write here. One of the things that I treasure about this space is that I’ve been able to go back through the archives and find important bits of my life set down in writing, and I fully intend to continue that. I’ll keep up with the teacher blog and the cooking blog, too, for the same reasons; I love the idea that my children might go back and read my blogs when they’re adults and maybe gain a little insight into what their childhoods were like from my perspective, or that they can have instant access to all the recipes they grew up with. I just don’t feel compelled to write here every single day.
Here’s to less frequency but more substance in 2013.