When I first started blogging (about 18 months ago) I figured it would be a fun way to pass the time and learn a little more about running. I had just moved to America, I wasn't working and, truth be told, I was bored. I can't express just how grateful I was to find this incredible community and meet (virtually and in person) some fantastic people.
So when does it end? I'm sure you've noticed that I have been blogging a lot less lately. And if you haven't, PAY MORE ATTENTION TO MEEEEEE! In all seriousness, it just hasn't been something I have the desire to do lately. I still read most of my favorite bloggers, comment on far less that I'm happy about, and write periodically. So why is the passion gone?
It's not because nothing is going on in my life. I had an excellent 20 mile run a couple of weeks ago, just ran a 50k race and am ready for a serious PR at Chicakamauga Battlefield Marathon in less than 2 weeks.
Conversely, it's not because I'm TOO busy. Sure, I have busy days, but I don't have kids and I work from home. I sleep 8+ hours every night and watch way too much TV to pull the "I'm busy excuse".
So, then, what it is?
I write. A lot. Pages and pages and pages every single day. Although I love writing and feel lucky to have the opportunity to do this for a living, blogging is basically the last thing I want to do at the end of the day.
So I'm facing this dilemma - when do people QUIT blogging? If you've built up a blog over a period of time, what happens to it? I'm not entirely sure if I should keep blogging, and just write up a post or so a week if I feel so inclined, or if I should quite while I'm ahead.
For the record, I'm not writing this for a barrage of comments saying variations of "OMG! Love this blog, keep writing!" Genuinely, I'm not. In fact, if I see that kind of comment from you, I'll do two things: 1) Assume that you didn't read the whole damn post, and 2) Ignore it. This isn't that kind of post. If you really want to give me compliments, let me direct you to my recent posts about a 50k run and a 5k PR. Compliments welcome there. Let's keep it to actual conversation here.
So, I guess if you want the synopsis of this post, here we go: is it better for a blog to fizzle out slowly or just quit out of the blue? What are some reasons that you might consider quitting your blog? Having children, accepting a high-profile career, getting too busy to actively participate in the blog community?