31/05/2014: From 2006 – 2008 I ran a blog on independent publishing, and from 2008-2011 ran a personal blog covering writing and publishing, life, vegan food, money, purpose and travel. I made 698 post which attracted 3289 comments, learnt a lot about writing and myself, and made loads of great friends along the way. Below was my final post. A year after I stopped blogging, I deleted the majority of the archives.
Yesterday I published A short history of this blog. The wrapping-up had a purpose: I’m taking a break from the blog.
This is the second time I’ve written this post. The first included lengthy, rambling reasons about why. But I don’t think it’s needed, so here is the short version of what’s going through my mind:
- Q: What am I getting out of blogging now? A: I don’t know.
- Q: How would my life be different if I wasn’t a blogger? A: I’d be curious to see.
When I told a good friend that I was quitting the blog, she said, ‘But what about everyone that reads you?’
I have purposefully never asked my readers what they like about this blog and what they want more and less of. I’ve always just tried to do the things that interest me. The results have been mixed – sometimes overwhelming, sometimes tumbleweed, sometimes emotional, but always with a steady increase in visitors. I’m now stopping the blog in the same way I ran it – doing what I feel is right without worrying if anyone will/will not care.
So, is this a break or am I shutting up shop? I’m not 100% sure. I suspect I’ll be back, but not for a good couple of months at least (at least until after the Festival). Who knows? Perhaps it will turn out that not-blogging is the blogging of the new decade. (HA!)
(And if you miss me I’m around in other places: I’ll keep the email updates going. I’m still on twitter, and Flickr, though be warned that as a photographer I make a great writer. And who knows where else I might pop up – yep, I’m open to offers.)
Image by pyth0n.