There have been a few posts out there lately about the perceived resounding silence in the blogosphere – first, Elizabeth Flora Ross’s guest post at Erin Margolin’s and most recently, Kludgy Mom’s post. Both great thought-provoking posts that needs to be read.
Both posts are about the lack of commenting. The drop in Twitter interactions. The non-response on Facebook status updates.
In the comment sections, a few theories have been bounced around as to this phenomenon.
It’s seasonal – spring break, the lovely weather, children going back to school.
Well, if that’s the case, soon, it’d be gorgeous summer weather and summer vacation.
Then it’d be focusing on getting the kids ready for school again when Fall comes.
And at the end of the year, it’s Christmas, Hanukkah and the New Year.
If it’s seasonal, then we’re all screwed, no?
The other theories involved the proliferation of social media and the huge time suck it can be.
Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+. How on earth are we to spread ourselves? Which platform do we focus on?
But, if we did not tweet, or go onto Facebook, how are we to get readers? How are we to engage?
How many blogs can we possibly read? How many memes and linkys can we participate in?
If this is true, then we are screwed too, because if we write to get readers, we have to participate in something right?
A few veteran bloggers then offered that this is just the normal cycle of blogging.
People come and go. People’s real lives happen.
Babies grow up and become more than just a cute little thing lying there, happy to gurgle and coo.
Toddlers need attention, entertainment, to be kept an eye on at all times. Then they grow up.
And become preschoolers, who need to be taken to school. To be toilet trained.
Then they go to elementary school, middle school, high school. There’ll be homework, team sports, birthday parties, friendship and relationship dramas.
I haven’t even gone into things like marriage, friendships, extended family.
How are we to find time for our online lives when we have so much going on in our real lives?
I have no answers.
Questions beget more questions.
Personally, I don’t really look at my stats. I don’t really count the number of comments on this post versus another. I don’t really know how many blogs I read. I am unsure how much time I spend commenting or hanging out on Twitter and Facebook. I don’t really have a schedule where I set aside time to write.
I do know I love this thing – this blogging thing. It’s the one thing that is mine. That I am somewhat good at. I love that I’m an active part of some fabulous communities like World Moms Blog and the SITS Girls. I love that I have communities of writers and friends in yeah write. I love that I have people I can exchange some witty diatribe with on Twitter. I love that my blog’s Facebook fans adore my pregnancy updates. I love that I can write the way I want to write, rules be damned. I love that people respond and relate to the varied posts I publish (no niche, that’s me). I love that part of what is written here will be preserved for my children, in a way my childhood could never have been recorded. I love that I have made friends from around the world.
So whether you find yourself getting caught up in the beautiful weather, your gorgeous children, the rigamarole of life, the vigours of social media – don’t sweat it. Just do what is right for you at that time. Leave your blog. Or immerse yourself more into it. Look after your writing. Look after yourself. Do whatever suits you at that time.
And whether you blog for comments, or for validation, or for yourself, or for your children, or to find a voice, or to offer a voice, or to help others with similar situations, or to spread awareness, or to make money – just keep doing it if that’s what you believe in, and what you love.
Radio silence or not.
Why do YOU blog? And was I just rambling here or what?