It’s a Slippery Slope…

Yesterday I debated for a good long while whether I should write a post for today or not. After all, it is Labor Day and if my husband isn’t going in to work, well, then I should have today off, too.

But it’s a slippery slope I’ll be starting down.

Blogging takes a lot of commitment. Even if it’s a hobby, it still takes some measure of commitment. You have to write and post, otherwise the blog flounders and it can be years, or never, before you return.

The last time I blogged, it was 2013-2015. For most of that time, I was childless, so, even though I was in grad school and pregnant, I still had plenty of time to myself. Plenty of time to blog and share my writings and read some amazing writers. But then my son was born. I took some time away when he was a newborn and we moved across the country (perhaps a post for another time). Returning to blog, though, was always my plan. I loved the writing community I had found and was actively posting chapters from Gates to Asphodel (chapter 20 will be posted this Wednesday if you’ve been reading along). But when my son hit 6 months, my will to get up early and blog began to leave me.

It happened slowly. I told myself I’ll post fewer days a week. Then I missed a day and said I’ll post again on my next scheduled day. Then I missed two days. Then I missed a week.  My posting became a bit erratic and I began to grasp at straws for what to post. Then I just stopped logging in. It was a slippery slope and I was tumbling head over heels all the way to the bottom. I think the last time I posted was April of 2015.

After that, it was easy to just say I’ll be back when my son is a little older. Then I just pushed it to the back of my mind. Most days, I just didn’t think about it. I didn’t actually log in again until more than halfway through 2017. I suddenly remembered blogging and was starting to miss Jennifer M. Zeiger’s choose your own adventure stories on her blog (true story, Jennifer!).

I took an unintentional almost 3 year hiatus. During that time, I didn’t even know if I was going to continue. My husband and I talked every once in a while about me blogging, but I never actually came back to WordPress.

Today is a holiday and I know many bloggers probably won’t be around. Today is a holiday and I know I can take one, too. This time around, I know one day isn’t going to hurt me. I have a post for Wednesday already scheduled and another almost ready to be scheduled.

But I’m still posting today because the slippery slope scares me. This is a hobby, but it was also a hobby back in 2015 and, well, you read how that ended. I’m a writer at heart and practice is supposed to make one’s writing better, so even though this is just a hobby, I will still take it seriously. I will still have some measure of commitment to it, though my family will always come first. Writing is a great love of mine and I plan to continue to practice.

So, have a happy and safe Labor Day! Thanks for reading today’s ramblings. I do plan on having something more put together on Wednesday.

  1. OneLife

    The biggest fear for a blogger, to slip into the slumber. Each and every word resonates what many of us go through almost every now and then. I actually posted something just now after a break of few days, literally fighting the urge lest I fall prey to the same 😛 .

    • kat

      It’s a tough thing to get around and the lure to just stop is strong considering blogging can actually take quite a bit of time. I had actually been wondering why you had been so silent lately, but I’m glad you were able to fight through and I look forward to reading your post very soon!

  2. bitsanddragons

    Think about the big picture. There are other holidays out there. For me, for example, today is just another sh*tty monday. I appreciate your constant posting, and I do miss when they are not coming. Thank you for keep going on!

    • kat

      Yes, I really do need to think about that. There are so many holidays here in the States this fall and winter. But knowing you read helps keep me going, so thank you so much! Seriously, though, it’s a good reminder that holidays come and go, but many are country specific and bloggers come from all over the world. Thanks, I really do need to keep the big picture in mind. And I’m sorry it’s just another Monday for you. They really can be the worst.

  3. kkaylanicole

    I know exactly how you feel. I want to take my blogging and such seriously but some days I’m just so lazy and want to keep it that way. I’ve recently started book blogging on Instagram and realized all of efforts are going to take a lot of just that: effort. And if I really want to make something of all of this, I’m going to have to work for it.

    I’m so glad you posted this. It puts things into perspective as to what you’re signing up for when it comes to blogging. Even if it’s just a hobbie, it’s also a job and if you call in sick, there isn’t someone to back you up and pick up slack.

    • kat

      Exactly! Every hobby comes with some measure of effort. At the same time, it is a hobby and we’re allowed to take breaks. I love books, too, but sometimes I do need a breather from reading every day. I suppose what we want our of something depends on how much we’re willing to work for it. Thank you so much for reading and commenting, and all the very best of luck to you!

  4. ourlittleredhouseblog

    I can always relate to everything you write. Blogging is a hobby for me too. I just want to share my craft projects with everyone but now and then I will share memories from my past and our little family adventures. I Hope my kids go back and read some of my post years from now if the posts are still online that is. It is work though and hobbies are for fun after all so it is okay to take breaks here and there. I have some pre scheduled posts for some time I need off coming up but I still like to visit other sites and that is hard to keep up with too. Blogging friends are really sweet though so I try to make that effort as well.

    • kat

      I’ve discovered that many of the bloggers I have the good fortune of connecting with do it as a hobby and all of you absolutely are the sweetest. Really, I think blogging as a hobby is a wonderful way of doing something that preserves memories while helping out others on a flexible time table. I doubt anyone ever said hobbies don’t require any work. But that schedule button has to be my absolute favorite thing.

  5. jennifermzeiger

    Gosh! I go on vacation and miss so much! Your comment about missing my adventure stories makes my day =)! There are some bloggers, such as yourself, that I met relatively early in my blogging life and I love that I’m still in touch with them.

    And I totally understand that slippery slope! More power to you as you post even on the days you don’t really feel like it.

    • kat

      It’s so true! I really missed your adventures. I met you early on, too, and I’m so glad you’re still here, still going strong with the adventures, especially since bloggers tend to vanish and never return.

      That slippery slope always reminds me of my vanishing act, but I learned a lot from it. Blogging really takes commitment and persistence. After landing at the bottom once, I don’t want to go back.

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