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Thoughts on Hitting the Blogging Wall and this Blog’s Future

For those who’ve thought about blogging in a professional capacity but haven’t committed, this post may be relevant to your concerns.

Churning out content regularly and frequently is challenging if you’re not adept at creating something out of nothing. For me, content creation hinges on self-education – including engaging in experiences and time-consuming content consumption. It’s helpful to have information to reflect on and synthesize prior to forming and presenting my thoughts and ideas. Additionally, I prefer to front-load research (content consumption) because the problem with “winging it” is life happens, and you’re not guaranteed to have a consistent amount of free time to sufficiently read and research along the way.

Prior to starting this blog, I’d perused telework research (a centerpiece topic of this blog) for 4 months. As this was my first blogging attempt, it was difficult to gauge my readiness for this long-term commitment though other professionals I’d met deemed my knowledge base sufficient. Hoping they were correct, I proceeded. In hindsight, I wonder if devoting more time and energy to preparation would’ve staved off this blog’s slowing pace in recent years. In fact, if I could advise my slightly younger self back then, that’s what I’d suggest. And I’d emphasize how important it is to know yourself and listen to yourself.

Aside from that, life happens as I said earlier. This year was fraught with life challenges that sapped my time and energy. And what began as a hobby turned into work (an obligatory display of stick-to-it-ness in the attempt to avoid quitting too early lest this reflect poorly on you according to general professional blogging wisdom). Now I seek some freedom.

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Although I renewed this blog, 2017 will be different. I won’t keep any kind of posting schedule next year. As I’m likely returning to employment early next year, loosening up makes sense. It’s difficult to say if this will help spur inspired posts, but we’ll see. In the worst case scenario, keeping my blog content up for a year (as I hear this is customary) will allow me to decide in what manner to archive content of my choosing online and alert readers to other online endeavors I engage in, if any. Here’s to not knowing what the new year will bring.

Thanks to everyone who’s been reading this blog. Best wishes and Happy Holidays!

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4 responses to “Thoughts on Hitting the Blogging Wall and this Blog’s Future

  1. cindy knoke December 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    The wonderful thing about blogging is it is YOUR blog! Nobody else’s wisdom or rules apply to you or your blog, as you, and your blog, are unique, one of a kind. You can post once a year or once a day. You can post a lot for awhile, and then taper off as you see fit. You don’t owe anyone any explanation. This is your place to be free, to express or not express yourself. Please don’t be too hard on yourself. Your posts are time consuming to create, require research, and intellectual expertise. One post could easily be a years work.
    Whether you stay blogging or not, please stay in touch with me by email and I will vis versa.
    May the holidays be bright for you Lynn and the new year full of cheer!
    You rock!

    • L. P. December 23, 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you for this Cindy! One thing I need to find out for myself is what happens when I don’t pay the annual subscription renewal fee since I know I won’t next year. I’m not sure what is meant when “they” say people will no longer be able to find your blog (just from reverting the the URL extension that others who keep free blogs have? – “.wordpress.com”).

      And yes, I will still be following the bloggers I follow closely (like you) and stay in touch! A very Merry Christmas to you too Cindy and best wishes for the new year! 🙂

  2. Mike January 5, 2017 at 10:27 pm

    Happy New Year, Lynn! I haven’t been doing anything with my blog for a while. I have some new things on my mind, on my calendar, and I just haven’t been inspired. In addition, the things that have interested me in the past are less interesting today. I do like to keep in touch with you and some other bloggers I’ve “met” and so please drop a line every now! 🙂

    • L. P. January 6, 2017 at 6:51 am

      Happy New Year, Mike! I did notice your absence on the blogosphere. I understand that. I’ve had a hard time mentally keeping within the confines of my blog’s subject area as well. I know you’re not active on LinkedIn so do email me and let me know what email address I can reach you at. Mine: ltpatra@gmail.com

      Yes, please keep in touch! 🙂

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