If you’re reading this now and you’re currently blogging, chances are that within the next five years, you won’t be anymore.
I started my blog six years ago on June 1, 2009. I started it because I had recently finished The Hunger Games, and it rekindled my love of reading. I got a library card and a stack of books and I started reading again. Even though I was married and had a job, I wanted something else to do. Since my reading memory is pretty much non-existent, I thought starting a reading blog would help me remember what I was reading, and give recommendations to family and friends who were looking for their next read.
I thought I was so clever and smart for coming up with this idea.
(my first ever header)
Turns out, I wasn’t the first.
I discovered the book blogging community on twitter and started realizing there were other bloggers, and ARCs and conferences and a whole community of people talking about books.
My participation in my actual blog has been spotty over the last 6 years. I haven’t put out a post a day, and sometimes it hasn’t even been a post a week or a month. But I’ve never been able to let this thing go.
But, I’ve seen lots of my blogging friends leave their blogs to the wayside to pursue other things.
A few years ago I did a feature called “Blogger Confidential” where I interviewed a mix of established bloggers and newbies. I asked them all the same questions and put their answers in a post every week. This was only two to three years ago and 80 percent of them are no longer blogging.
It’s no wonder people stop blogging. It’s hard. It pays pretty much nothing. You feel like a tiny fish in a very big ocean.
So, one day you’ll look at your blog and say, I don’t know why I’m doing this anymore.
For some, blogging is a step into being an author, agent, editor, librarian or something else in the bookish world.
For others, school, work, or kids become a priority.
When I get asked what my number one blogging tip is, and I say, have fun, I mean it. Because, chances are, you won’t be blogging in five years, or even two or three. And since the statistics aren’t in your favor on this, you may as well have fun while you’re doing it. Write about what you want. Read what you want. Participate in blog tours or memes or whatever else it is you want. Request ARCs or get your books from the library.
Take this brief moment in the bookish world to create your own space. And don’t be sorry when or if you let it go.