Recently, I was engaged in a conversation about blogging. The friend I was chatting with used to have a small blog, but it is now inactive as she feels her life is too busy to keep up with it. She’s too busy doing real life things, she said.
“I just feel like if you blog any longer than a year or two you have nothing left to say. Everything after that is recycled.”
This came after I shared my good news of going to my first ever blogging conference (BBC Chicago) and that I am moving over to WordPress (yes, it’s true!). She didn’t mean it as an insult or slur in any form, but as a blogger, it kinda jarred me.
I thought to myself, “Am I recycling? Am I boring everyone with the same shtick I rocked two years ago?”
I don’t know. I certainly hope not, but maybe that’s true…?
It’s a well-known fact that many blogs just fizzle and die after a year or two. To be quite honest, I almost pulled the plug on mine back in January. It was the end of a very difficult year, and the beginning of an unknown one. I felt that my readers only wanted the funny from me (sorry guys, I know that’s ridiculous!) and I just didn’t have any funny to give.
But then, just like the flu, my dry spell went away. I found new energy and passion when I realized I could share both sides of myself. Because my readers are awesome. I don’t always have to be funny, I CAN write about the yucky stuff and maybe help some people along the way. “Niche” be damned. The prayers and encouragement I’ve received through this blog bless my bloomin’ socks off.
I can think of multiple bloggers I’ve followed over the course of two years that I am still not tired of. On the contrary, I think I’m more interested in their opinions. The two years spent reading their thoughts and ideas just qualify them all the more for me. I feel as if I know them. I look forward to reading what they have to say each week.
Yes, they are still the same people, the same voice, but as their lives move forward they bring new content to their blogs.
So back to my conversation.
After being deflated by her statement, I wondered if my RA (rheumatoid arthritis) is now part of my shtick. Is this the topic that will be regurgitated every couple of months and look the same from year to year? Or what about my parenting gig? With every baby I have will my readers listen to the same ironic frustrations and rambled thoughts of a breastfeeding mother? Aren’t there enough posts in the blogosphere about pregnancy, birth, and motherhood?
There is nothing new under the sun. The wisest man in the world once said that.
No one is ever going to find a purely original thing to say. And if you think about it, we’re all made up of recycled material. Math is pretty much taught the same way year to year, science moves forward but keeps the basics, history is added to (the basic events remain), fashion pulls from old fashion, literature pulls from old literature, food adapts from previous recipes, film adapts from old literature/film, and bloggers bounce off of other bloggers.
Did we just have a circle of life kind of moment or what?
Blogging is not for everyone. Writing is not for everyone. That’s fine and dandy, but I think for bloggers/writers this IS real life. If it looks recycled it’s because life is recycled, and that is not necessarily a bad thing.
So. My plea for you today is to encourage those creative people in your life to keep going. Tell them you’re interested in what they have to say/do/show. We’re all recycling something, right? But that doesn’t make it any less valuable.
And to the readers that have stuck with me through funny and sad–I love you all. Dearly.
That is all.
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