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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Blogging blues

Do any other bloggers get the blogging blues? You know, don't feel like you have anything to say. Don't really want to read what anyone else has to say. Get discouraged cause no one seems to be reading when you do find something to say. Thinking you've said something wise and brilliant and no one gets it. Old blogging friends stop visiting or stop commenting, which feels like the same thing. Losing followers for no apparent reason. I'm singing an old country song with Sugartime called Singing the Blues and it made me realize I've got the blogging blues?

How about you?


Suze said...

The blues always pass, sweet girl.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I do...think we all do. I've noticed that blogs and commenting seem to go in cycles, though...helps to realize that, for me.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Who's not reading your brilliance, Karen?
I can get a little burnt after a heavy day of commenting.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Yes, I feel that way sometimes. A blog is a big commitment, and like all big commitments (marriage, even?) it requires effort and compromise and some downtime when it all starts to fall apart.

Julie said...

I was feeling this way for the majority of the summer. Trying to come out of it now but I'm still struggling with a bit of blogging burnout.

L.G.Smith said...

Yep, I get burned out sometimes, but also still enjoy it. I've noticed a big slowdown in the blogosphere lately though. I'd say more than half the people I follow no longer blog on any regular basis. Many, I think, are gone for good.

Tonja said...

They come and go.

Angeline Trevena said...

I'm just about recovering from 2 months of that! Although the whole of Blogger seems to have gone a little quiet recently...

Karen Walker said...

Suze, I know they do - thanks
Elizabeth, I hadn't noticed, but I think you're right.
Alex, thanks for that - but it made me laugh because you get like hundreds of comments almost every day
Annalisa, yes, it is a commitment
Julie, glad to know I'm not alone!
L.G., yeah, me, too. Wonder what's going on.
Tonja, so true
Angeline, yes, it seems so, doesn't it?

Melissa Ann Goodwin said...

We are so often on the same wavelength...I am figuring out if I even want to blog anymore. I think what I'd really love is to just visit blogs I like and say hi occasionally! I think many more people read blogs than we realize, but for me it's more about the drain of energy and time. Every time I say to myself "I'm going to stop blogging," then I feel like doing it again! So, who knows!

~Sia McKye~ said...

Karen, I think we all go through that feeling. Speaking for myself, I do.

I think part of it is I don't like *chasing comments*. I never have. I will say there are blogs I read that rarely comment back--I don't read those blogs for return comments but because I enjoy reading what they have to say. If they don't comment back that's fine. I think that's the purpose of commenting. The other reason is to show support and I try to do that.

I've noticed,as Elizabeth mentions, commenting goes in cycles. Part of that is because of real life. I know the last month I've been dealing with a new job and time is scarce and I've missed quite a few of my blogs. It makes me realize this is also true of others and I have to get my blog roll on a schedule.

Hang in there.


Karen Walker said...

Melissa, yes, I feel we are kindred spirits in many ways.I keep asking myself why it is I blog and the answer is always because it fulfills me. Tells me I have to let go of everything else about blogging and just write from my heart.
Sia, you are so right. I realized as I'm reading these lovely comments I must get back to my intention, which is to share my journey and let go of the rest.
Thanks everyone,

Mary Aalgaard said...

First, not everyone who reads, comments. Many non-writers read our work and never let us know. Or, if they live nearby, or are family, they might mention it. Followers disappear for a variety of reasons. Let it go. They might have stopped writing and blogging.
I do get bogged down thinking about trying to read all the blogs that I follow and know that I can't. I try to bop in once in a while and leave a message.
If you're feeling like you need a break, take one. It might give you renewed energy to write more later.

LD Masterson said...

I'm more likely to get the time-spent-blogging blues. When I realize how much time I spend maintaining an active blog (which includes time spent reading and commenting on others), I wonder if I should give it up and concentrate on my actual writing.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Karen .. it's challenging .. but I don't worry I must say - people still connect and that's the main thing.

We've all got other things going on ..

Good luck with 'it' all ... cheers Hilary


Yes Karen I get the blogging blues because my new blog won't reach many of my followers and try as I might can't get it working neither could the pc doctor I called.
Take care.

KarenG said...

I get all sorts of blues, and the blogging blues are just one version. You described them perfectly too, even down to seeing the follower count drop by one.

sue said...

Ha! A timely post and quite reassuring thankyou :)

I don't visit and comment as much as in the past and as a result don't receive visitors in return which it to be expected. That's when I remind myself that the purpose of blogging (for me) wasn't to get followers or comments, but to enjoy the experience of writing and improving my writing skills. Anything more is a delightful bonus.

mike spain said...

I do all the time..thanks for sharing

Arlee Bird said...

I think I kind of know what you're saying. I've always got plenty to say, but I'm often too tired to say it. I don't know if I call my situation blues or fatigue, but it probably falls more in the latter.

Thank goodness you have your singing to offset things a bit.

A Faraway View

Anne Mackle said...

Yes Yes and Yes!!! Some weeks I just don't have a clue what to write about and some weeks I feel no one is even listening.