It’s really strange, but I’ve come to realize that several of those bloggers who originally got me excited about blogging and were my favorites, aren’t my favorites any more, and, in fact, I often only read their posts nowadays out of an odd sense of obligation. I’ve noticed that several of these blogs lost their luster around the same time the blogger published a manuscript. Occasionally, they seem to have just lost the magic they had with the beautiful, encouraging posts, but most often, they’ve just stopped posting.
Isn’t that sad?
I don’t want to be like that.
Of course, STILL GROWING has gone through its seasons of ups and downs (usually related to my own seasons of personal ups and downs), but I’ve remained as committed as ever to writing well, and finding kindred spirits in the wide world and the world wide web. However, I have seen myself running out of things to say, and finding the echoes of my own thoughts to be boring and self-indulgent. My favorite posts to write have started being the ones that are only relevant to me and those closest to me, and while that’s wonderful, and I always intended to use the blog as a venue for blessing the people in my life by letting them know my secret thoughts about them, most of you don’t know Shasta, the Johnsons, the Wattons, or the Hilsts, and probably don’t find much meaning in my overflowing-heart of gooing love for them.
So… how does one keep going?
How does a blogger continue in wit, will, wonder, and wisdom when a person only knows and experiences so much in a lifetime?
Does a blog have a lifespan? And, if so, can a determined blogger extend that season?
I’ve hit the point where I have to cut back to two or three days a week, because I don’t have anything to say the rest of the time. Also, one of those days has become someone else’s writing altogether, as I post a quote that’s gotten me thinking. Does this mean I’m nearing the end? What more is there to say that I haven’t already said?
As I approach the upcoming school year, I have to admit the upcoming months of students, lesson plans, national standards, and faculty meetings don’t exactly infuse my heart with joy when I think about coming home after exhausting days to then be faced with the challenge of finding suitable content for STILL GROWING.
How do we all do it? How do you do it? Most of you who read what I write also keep up your own little space on the interwebs, and I’m really not sure how you manage it. Do you only post when you feel like it? Are you super bored? Is it an escape for you? What is it that drives tired people to spend their free time in a weekly/daily mission to create magic from words? Are we crazy?