You may have noticed that I’m slipping.
It’s probably no coincidence that my blogging mojo always seems to slack off around summer and BlogHer time. But it does. It IS. I’ve been so damn busy that when I get home the last thing I want to do is be on my computer. I’m so behind on blog reading that I have been marking all as read sometimes even though it pains me to skim or skip. Sometimes we just have to prioritize our off-line life. You’ve been there, right?
Do you think that the blogisphere has “summer hours” when June hits and that bloggers post less during summer?
Do you ever notice the correlation of being too busy to comment on other blogs and a drastic decline in your comments?
I remember a time when I was getting upwards of 75+ comments on a single post. I had NO IDEA why or where readers/commenters came from. Sincerely. I was floored. Flattered, floored. . . and confused. What did I do to “deserve” all this traffic? Did I strike some magical balance that created the perfect storm of comments/traffic/blogging mojo? To this day I still don’t know but I realized that like a lot of things in life, there is an ebb and a flow to blogging. Back when the comment section was bursting, I had a few loyal readers from my blogging beginnings mention to me that they didn’t feel the need to comment anymore because I got so many other comments. That stopped me in my tracks because THEY were my people, the ones who had been there through all of it regardless of if I was “popular” or not.
It was a double-edged sword really because on the one hand my ego loved the expanding number in my comment section and the rise in my stats. And I was honestly struggling to keep up with responding to the volume of comments. On the other hand, the people who were my tried & trues were feeling on the outskirts of my blog which was the last thing I wanted to happen. I’ve always strived to create a community on my blog. That’s why I try to reply to every comment (when my life is not overwhelming me). That’s why I try to read the blogs of those who read me (I am unsuccessful at this most of the time due to time limitations- can we have 48 hour days?!).
I have absolutely no idea where all this is coming from except that I’m thinking about why I blog. I blog to connect with other people. I blog to share my life and find commonalities with other people. I blog to go deeper in my authentic experience. I blog to release. And somewhere along the line, I started to blog to be more ME.
The bottom line isn’t what Stat Counter says or what number the comment box reads, it’s that I am expressing myself and being true to me.
So, what’s your bottom line?