If you follow me and my blog closely, you will know that I have been going back and forth with things for about a year now. I was in a rut, not sure about where I was going and decided to refocus, add more areas of life to blog about and redesign my blog last year. It went well for a while but I am not sure what I need to do next.
A lot of time and work goes into blogging. I need to do a lot of PR for myself, keep in touch with companies, respond to emails, send out emails, keep up with social networking on multiple sites, take photos, edit those photos and then watermark those photos so no one steals them without crediting me. Then I need to schedule blog posts, write them, gather all of my info and more. That is a lot to do for free.
While I appreciate my loyal readers and followers and the companies that have believed in me and my blog, I am not getting what I need out of blogging anymore. It is not growing as I would hope and I am not feeling satisfied. I feel like I am at a point in my life where I need to cut down on things that weigh me down and burden me and embrace things that add to my life and make me happy and fulfilled. I work full time and spend most of my job on a computer and feel it better if I get myself to spend more of my non-work time away from the computer. I feel healthier and happier when I do this and feel I need more of it.
To maintain a successful blog that is worth working on, I need to keep up with posting and social networking. I do this for a living so I know that blogging whenever you feel like it just doesn't work for me because it is not the right way to blog. If I am going to blog, it needs to be up to my own standards and be kept up to date regularly. I am not one to just post once in a while. To maintain memberships in many of the blog groups/associations I am in, posting at least three times per week is mandatory. It is expected in the world of blogging that you keep up with things.
For now, I am undecided about what to do with my blog. I am going to take a month off from blogging and see where life takes me and what comes to me for this blog. Should I quit while I am ahead? Should I change it? Should I keep going? What should I do? I am not sure yet but I hope to take some time and reflect to decide what is right for me.
Thank you for your support and understanding! I hope to see you all again in a month with an announcement of what I plan to do.