Over two weeks ago, I did my second contest to see if anyone could guess what my character’s name DICO stood for. As a prize for someone who guessed correctly, I was willing to send them a signed copy of my book.
There were a grand total of zero guesses.
At the moment I’m torn between feeling relieved that I don’t have to pay shipping costs and feeling insulted because nobody thought it was worth it to try to guess what DICO was an acronym for. I think I’ll stick right down the middle on this one.
While I was thinking about the previous paragraph, the phrase “worth it” stuck out to me. For quite a while now, I’ve wondered if it was worth it to keep this blog going.Don’t get me wrong, in my time blogging, I’ve met some really great people. In fact, it’s because of the awesome people that I’ve met here that I haven’t done this post sooner. I just don’t know if I have it in me anymore to keep doing this.
When I first started blogging, it was just a way for me to get thoughts out of my head. I never actually thought anyone would ever read any of the inane things that I put up on the screen. That changed when I joined my brother’s blog. His words brought in readers by the hundreds. Since some of those people also accidentally read my stuph, I got some readers too. It was fun. I was able to comment and interact with other bloggers. It made me like doing it.
Once I broke off on my own again, my readership died down, like I knew it would, but there were still people I talked to on a regular basis. Then, my life happened. I started having less and less time to write. I didn’t have enough time to go to other people’s blogs and read what they had to say. I started commenting less, so they started commenting less. Finally, I’m where I am now: wondering why it’s not fun anymore.
The only answer I can come up with is that I miss the interaction with my fellow bloggers. However, it’s not really fair to expect other people to comment on my words when I don’t have the time to comment on theirs.
I also have almost no time to write new things for the blog anyway. Currently, I am working on three different books. You read that correctly. Three books. While most of my writing work is done on one of them, I still have two others that I am actively writing on. Couple that with all of my day-to-day activities like work and spending time with my wife and daughter, it leaves me almost no free time. Unfortunately, that means things like DICO, or anything else I might write for the blog, gets pushed to the backburner.
Which brings me back to the original question: Is it worth it to keep this blog going?
Honestly? I don’t know. I may take some time off and see how I feel then. As soon as I figure it out, I’ll be sure to let you know. Regardless of my decision, blogging has been an overall positive experience for me, and I couldn’t have done it without all you awesome people out there. Thank you for reading my craziness.