After a year of being a blogger, posting three posts each week (I only missed two posts), I decided to stop. That was a difficult decision for me. I’m not a quitter, even when I probably should be, and I was proud of what I’d done.
Writing was supposed to bring me joy, and for a while it did. But the bottom line is that it became a grind. I came to dread Sunday nights when I needed to have my big Monday post written. What was the topic? What was the angle? What was my unique viewpoint?
The recipe posts were a little easier, but maintaining the spreadsheet in which I tracked the cost of all the food we purchased so I could cost out my recipes was extremely time-consuming. Imagine going through your grocery receipts every week and recording the cost and weight/volume of everything you bought, and later weighing and measuring and calculating so you could provide cost per serving information. More grind.
Although I was proud of what I wrote, I didn’t think I was bringing a particularly unique perspective to the topics my blog covered. There are thousands of bloggers out there—many of them very good. I just didn’t stand out. My blog wasn’t sticky; I didn’t have a hook. Which is probably why….
Nobody read my blog.
Not even my mom.
Still, I didn’t want to give up on the idea of having an outlet for my writing should I feel moved to write. And I wanted to have something in place for posts about our Gap Year adventure. So I’ve maintained the site to keep my options open.
Why I’m Starting Again
Just like when I started One Conscious Life 4 ½ years ago, I’ve got big life changes underway. It’s not time to start posting about that quite yet, but it has caused me to think about my little blog again. It’s time to rethink the purpose and content of my blog, reset my expectations, and get to writing again. (It’s NOT time to restart the grocery spreadsheet.)
As I’m inspired, I may post something periodically while I rethink and repurpose 1CL, but it’s definitely going to be a more casual, inspiration-based posting schedule. I hope you’ll check back in and see what happens.