…… but not the blog.
The reason I started blogging has nothing to do with why I still write. I didn’t start a blog because I wanted to capture memories, hone my writing, get paid for it, or meet people. But that’s what happened. The unexpected (to me) outcome of starting a blog is the realisation that I DO want to write, and it’s the reason I continue to do so.
In the three years since I started blogging, I have spent countless hours on social media, on looking at my blog statistics, on stressing over numbers, on figuring out how to squelch my envy of other bloggers’ successes, on how to move my blog to a better place. This is a normal cycle of things in the blogging world. Everyone looks at their statistics, and think about how dismal they are (even if they’re not). Everyone (at some point) wonders why they keep blogging. Not everyone carries on. Many give up their blog, and some continue writing in their private journals. They have stopped giving the world their words.
By giving up blogging, I am not giving up the blog. I am not giving up writing. I am giving up trying to be more of a blogger than a writer. I am giving up trying to ‘grow’ the blog, or take it to ‘the next level’. I am giving up worrying about page views, number of comments, or how many Facebook fans I have. I am giving up trying to figure out SEO. I am giving up trying to master all the ‘rules’ of blogging and social media.
I am not giving up learning about writing. I am not giving up reading amazing blogs written by amazing writers. I am not giving up my pursuit of this thing I love. I am not giving up freelance writing, or my pursuit for paid writing opportunities. I am not giving up capturing memories. I am still going to submit my writing everywhere, and try not to cry over every rejection. I am still going to hone this craft. I am still going to give the world my words on this blog (and hopefully, other places).
My dear friend and amazing writer, Sarah of Little White Whale summed it up just so: Master the craft, rather than serve the blog.
Linking up with Shell for Pour Your Heart Out.