WiP Still?

Apologies for my absence of late, especially after the cliffhanger announcement of being bitten by a horse.  To wrap that up succinctly, at the Changing of the guard, we had a photo with a horse that bit my left arm but luckily I was fully layered up and survived with the ability to still not be able to juggle in tact.

In other news, after nearly ten years of this blog, I am having a bit of a wobble, and not certain if I wish to carry on or not.  It does, on one hand, give me the odd opportunity, a chance to chat with wonderful people like yourselves, and is also something I am quite proud of.  Yet with the time it takes to write posts, the diminishing returns of late, and the loss of friends who just stopping blogging, it seems like a bit of a luxury.

Stopping seems like a waste but I am wondering what my aim is now.  I started the blog to chat with people about books, I wanted it to be a platform to get me further into the world of books, but aside from a few false starts that hasn’t really happened.  Any advise would be most welcome.

35 Replies to “WiP Still?”

  1. Oh, dear Ste J, Don’t give up your blog! I have been on a long hiatus myself, but am still determined to resume at some time. I advise you to do the same: i.e., if you want a long break, take one, but resume when you feel the urge again. I guarantee you’ll miss the blogging after a while. I think you’ve got a mild case of burnout, because you have sometimes blogged at the rate of once a day or every other day, or at least several times a week. Scale it back, maybe to once a week. I feel sure the people I’ve read on your site who answer your posts would understand and forgive that, and still be prepared to comment. I for one plan to blog again soon, so you can help keep me up to the mark, and I’ll watch out after you and Crissy.

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    1. I know I emailed you the other day but here is the official ‘I am back’ comment. Expect a visit in the next day or two when I catch up on all the comments and such that I have pending.

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  2. I have no idea what blogging is about – it has changed over the years, I think. I’ve been following blogs since about 2010 – I think – there seemed to be a change round about 2012 – it was blogs where people wrote that I was interested in. I’ve tried a few different formats – emptied my blog a few times – and started again. Still working all this out. What you should do, I don’t know.

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    1. I appreciate the comment, it is a strange and complex beast blogging but some time off and a few beers helped me find a way through, and of course the wonderful comments.

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  3. What I have found is that absences decrease the number of people who visit your blog. Try as I may, my schedule has become so busy the past couple years with one granddaughter, then two, and now another one, that blogging is the thing that gets put aside. It certainly isn’t dinner or the laundry that get pushed back. I do so much enjoy reading everyone’s blogs and posting on my own, but time is at a premium right now. I hope you consider continuing, but rather than trying to post each day, perhaps once or twice a week. You have added a little bundle yourself, and as she gets older, she will want more of your attention. Let me know what you decide.

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    1. I am back to blogging, with a post coming once I catch up with my pending comments which will hopefully be within the next hour or so. I do so dearly want to write as I have so many ideas but I end up thinking of the hours wasted. I am aiming to do better though and streamline my time in an effort to keep up, even with a reduced blogging schedule.

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  4. I have enjoyed your insights about books. I hear you about diminishing returns. It seems as if people just give a nod instead of truly interacting. Maybe a two or three posts a month with a certain focus: new books? old books? spotlight bookstore? author insights? Just a bit of a slump—hope you’ll hang in there!

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    1. A slump is what it is, both in terms of numbers and my time but I am coming back and will start to add posts again slowly. Crissy tells me people are less into reading and more for short posts or YouTube and the like but it always seems strange to me that readers wouldn’t want to read blogs. It’s a puzzle, and maybe a blog post topic at some point.

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      1. I have noticed that there was more commentary traffic just two years ago. Fast food blogging seems to be the theme lately. I don’t mind a solid meal of post discourse. Don’t be too discouraged. The trend will no doubt change.

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        1. I think the younger generation is much less inclined in general to read longer posts, which explains all those blog themes which show the reading time of a post. I do love the chats though and I really shouldn’t have left the blog as long as I did but I am glad to be back now and will hopefully make up for lost time soon.

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  5. Ste J, I went on a break and I am back but I now post once a week. I may increase it to to or more as time goes. Blogging tends to be time consuming and one can easily get burned out. By all means take a break but I would love to see you back and blogging. Your reviews are so in-depth and the diction superb. 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much, it’s great that you are back and I will stop over in the next day or two to catch up with you. I think I will be posting once or twice a week unless I can focus enough to write lots in a short space of time. Either way I will be reviewing plenty more in the future with some varied genres included.

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  6. Hello, my friend. How ironic is this? I’ve been away for ages working on getting a proposal written up (which I did need to do for submitting a memoir to fit certain agents’ criteria and was really hoping to avoid, knowing the huge amount of time it would take…) and I am only just now making somewhat of an attempt to return to blogging…and my first order of the day is to visit you. And I am so sorry about your horse bite, that must have hurt. I read your previous post and glad you had your trip to London, always an experience one way or another, say no more on that. But I am so sad to read you might stop blogging. For me, blogging would not be the same if you weren’t here. But…I know how you feel. I am not exactly getting much interaction either. Yet I am told I need a blog so an agent can google me should they be interested. But if you don’t have a huge readership, it’s meaningless. So far, I haven’t had any bites as it is (ooops…no pun intended…) Well…I hope you got my email some while ago. I also read you had decided to postpone your return to the Phillipines. Wise decision in light of Coronvirus. And here we are off to Brighton…ha. The world has gone utterly mad. But as for blogging…I have no answers. It is a funny old game and I have yet to figure it all out… I hope you find a way to your blogging blues, my friend. Email me anytime…

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    1. Thankfully dues to it being mercilessly cold in London, I was layered up enough so that the bite didn’t hurt too much. I am back blogging now, well after I finish answering these comments and will be here for the foreseeable so will come visit you soon. April will see us back in the Philippines with an avalanche of fur that we can’t wait for.

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      1. Soooo glad you’re back…I saw your post flash up and will head over. Glad you’re all doing well and keeping safe and well, preparing for your return trip in April…wonderful 🙂

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  7. I would also miss you if you stopped blogging but I also know that it can be very disappointing when you’ve put a lot of time and effort into writing a post and then get a few likes and even fewer comments. I have noticed that fewer people are commenting on your blog. Goodness knows why, because your posts are just as interesting and as thoughtful as ever. Some people only blog for a year or two and then find something else to do. Others find that family or work commitments stop them from blogging as much as they’d like to (I’m one of these). I try to keep up with the reading and commenting (though that is also difficult to do at times) because I am so interested in the friends I’ve made here on WP.
    Getting further into the world of books is an excellent aim though I’m not sure that you will find your answer here on WP or any other blog. That’s not to say that bloggers aren’t well-read, interesting people but that they are all just like you – seeking something greater and deeper than the satisfaction we all get from reading good books on our own. Blogging is a ‘scratching the surface’ thing. What you need to do is a degree in literature – or a higher degree if you’ve already got a BA. Where you’ll find the time for this now that you are a family man, I don’t know! But keep it in mind. As you know, the OU has a wonderful selection of courses.
    As for your blog – well – have a rest from it and a think. You might find that after a while the enthusiasm returns. Don’t forget that the past year or so has been a momentous time for you with a multitude of new experiences. You could just be exhausted!
    Best wishes to you, my friend.

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    1. Definitely hoping you continue. Yours has always been a go-to blog for me. I know what you mean, though. I’m in a similar boat–have been forced, through lack of time, to blog less and less as of late, and that does have an effect on blog readership. I’ll keep going for the foreseeable future, though it doesn’t have the same zest as before. In any event, I hope you keep blogging, even on a limited basis!

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      1. I never thought I was really a go-to blog so my eyes are opened and after all the support I have been receiving and a rest from reading and writing for the most part, I am back and will do my best to do one or two posts a week, and keep the words coming, and hopefully inspire.

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    2. You could well have been right, perhaps it was being exhausted that was taking from the blog, and from myself. I have rested in a lethargic, directionless way but have a post ready to go now. Time is the one thing that I can grasp hold of but I am trying to make a better fist of it and will continue fighting to get the blog posts up. I appreciate your support and will keep on writing as long as I have wonderful readers such as yourself.

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  8. I love reading your reviews and thoughts and about your life. I just stopped blogging for 2 weeks as was in the middle of horrible anxiety and I did miss the community of reading and running bloggers and determined I would come back.

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    1. I’m glad you did come back, as I am glad I have done, it is a great community and I consider a lot of you friends, in fact I think I have more blogger friends than people I see in real life, and that is too precious to abandon.

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  9. Glad to hear that your ability to not juggle is still in tact. I do enjoy reading your blog, so I hope that you know that you are appreciated. In fact, I would say that you are one of my muses in that you inspire me. Regardless of what you decide moving forward, thank you for all that you have already done.

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    1. That is a moving comment sirrah! I am happy to say that after reading the wonderful supportive comments that it would be a mistake to stop writing here and I do enjoy it despite the time constraints. I could not deprive you of a muse, that would be the height of rudeness.

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  10. Aha! I see what wilderness you’ve been wandering in! If you enjoy the world of literature, I encourage you to stay the course with us. It doesn’t matter how frequently. Just pop in and out or continue with a lighter schedule. We’ll be here.

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    1. I will be staying, it took me some time but a rest does help and I think a less self-pressured schedule will help. You can’t get rid of me, it seems.

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  11. You know, you should stay here, even if your posts are sporadic.. few.
    Certainly, one should not care about volumes of followers, but the quality.
    Okay, Im not exactly the chit-chatter of any year’s award when it comes to books, but you must have found some who are.
    Anyway, in what ever little way it is, I support you!

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    1. Thank you, my friend. It’s not so much the views I wanted just to feel like the effort I made was justified. After a time away though I remembered that it’s about the quality of the people I interact with. I will be here for a time yet!

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