I am quite impressed to see how some bloggers despite their hectic everyday lives make it a point to blog every day. Some of them even do a couple of posts despite the demands of their careers. It is not just quantity but quality too; I am amazed at some of the engaging writing that occurs here on a regular basis.
A few others, even if they don’t seem to write much, still find the time at least to visit other blogs and leave behind their blog prints. A simple ‘like’ and you have got the blog owner curious to see who has liked their post – and voila, the blogger has got himself a visitor.
In fact I see this habit more on the increase and even if I am not too fond of this rather underhanded method of attracting more readers, I still admire the fact that these bloggers take the time to visit at least a few new sites every day and like or follow other posts. At least they are online unlike me!!
I got onto the blogging bandwagon three years ago and used my writing more as a cathartic release of my emotional state at that time. Even though writing wasn’t an overwhelming passion of mine, I seemed to enjoy the release it brought me.
My blog had a limited readership, just friends and family and perhaps a few frenemies too who were interested in the goings in my life. I never took any steps to attract more visitors and even dropped off from facebook through which I was sharing blog links. The blog existed merely to satiate my need for an outlet – purely a self-centred exercise, a pandering to the self.
When I was asked to write for a local newspaper, I stopped blogging any original articles on this site and merely re-published whatever had been printed in the paper.
But sadly somewhere between then and now, writing became more of a chore. With deadlines to meet and the subtle pressure to write on more palatable subjects without causing any undue ripples, I started feeling that my articles were becoming more and more stilted and rather bland, lacking the vibrancy that once used to define my writing.
Well, looks like the articles I churn out are still good enough as I still have people coming up to me and saying that they enjoy my columns. But then I couldn’t help feeling like an imposter!! I was finding it harder and harder to continue writing when I wasn’t deriving any satisfaction from it. So finally I caved in to the desire to write for myself and decided to take a break from my column-writing.
Even though this is only a temporary respite, I have decided to make the most of this break and self-indulge in some unadorned and candid writing that might spark my dormant passion for blogging.
Having said that I am still not going to find the time for blogging like some of my peer bloggers that I admire but hey, small steps eh !!